The fourth annual awards to celebrate Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants has placed progressive Indian Restaurant Gaggan in Bangkok in the top spot for the second consecutive year while recognising three other Bangkok dining establishments in the top 25. After debuting on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2014 at 17th place, Gaggan rose to 10th last year on the global list and the first in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants this year. Other winners include Nahm at the eight position, Issaya Siamese Club, rising 20 places 19th , and Eat Me at 23rd.
In addition, David Thompson, the celebrated chef of Nahm in Bangkok and Long Chim in Singapore, has been named the 2016 recipient of The Diners Club Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is voted by members of The Diners Club Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, comprising over 300 leaders in the restaurant and culinary industries throughout Asia.
The award ceremony saw the presence of Thailand’s high-ranking officials including the deputy prime minister, H E General Thanasak Patimaprakorn; Minister of Tourism and Sports, H E Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul; and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) governor Yuthasak Supasorn, as well as TAT’s executives.
Speaking on the sidelines of the event Kobkarn said, “We are pleased that the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant awards ceremony is hosted in Bangkok, which certainly helps enhance the city’s popularity as a diverse gastronomic destination in Asia.”