Asia's Best Restaurants

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Five for Thailand in the gourmet Top 50

  Restaurant magazine recently announced the results of the annual Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list,a sumptuous showcase of fine flavor drawn from the experiences of over 900 international restaurant industry experts in The Diners Club® World's 50 Best Restaurants Academy. Five exquisite eateries in Thailand featured in the Top 50 and three made the Top 20. Thai Cuisine at Nahm Thailand is well known for its diverse and delicious local cuisine, but in recent years the bar has been raised significantly as some of the most celebrated chefs in the world have arrived to head up and even set up world class restaurants in the kingdom. The three Top 20 choices from Thailand in this year's Asia's Top 50 Best Restaurants list reflect the sophistication and variety on offer to those with a taste for cutting edge cuisine. Number Three — Nahm Metropolitan Hotel, South Sathorn Road, Bangkok Nahm Australian David Thompson took Thai cuisine to the top of the taste charts when his London restaurant, Nahm, became the first Thai eatery in the world to be awarded a Michelin star. Its eastern sister, Nahm in Bangkok, is a testament to Thompson's creative but committed approach to Thai tastes and ingredients, with dishes that salute the traditional but excite with the new. How about minced prawn and pork simmered in coconut cream with young chillies, red shallots, coriander fresh vegetables and deep fried cured carp? Or coconut and turmeric curry of blue swimmer crab with calamansi limes? The ingredients are market fresh and flavours send your taste buds into a frenzy of delight. Be warned, the spice is authentic, but you can always order a lychee cosmopolitan or a passionfruit martini to cool off in the heat of the moment. Number 10 — Gaggan Soi Langsuan, Ploenchit Road, Lumpini, Bangkok gaggan Chef Gaggan Anand has invented the ultimate in contemporary Indian cuisine with his creative, molecular re-interpretation of rich Indian flavours at Gaggan. The dishes not only delight your senses but also your sense of humour with funky names like The Fresh Prince, Check Your Pulse and Sea What I Mean. The flavour combinations are equally enjoyable, with dishes like fresh river prawns in Konkani curry with tangy kokum fruits and surprising temptations like mutton brain delicately tossed with young fresh ginger and sour cream. What's also delightful is that you can enjoy a much wider spread of Indian taste sensations than you would normally manage without expanding your stomach to a point of aching regret. Number 19 — Eat Me Soi Pipat 2 (off Soi Convent), Silom, Bangkok eatme A new breed of contemporary restaurant that doubles as an art gallery and hip gathering space for Bangkokians and visitors with a sense of sophistication, the menu at Eat Me is just as experimental as the surroundings. New York chef Tim Butler brings art to the plate with rare and exquisite ingredients that inspire an appreciation of creative flair the moment you embark on the taste journey. Experimental foodies will love the black chicken, red papaya, toasted coconut, chilli & lime salad with betel leaf, while diners looking for a taste of the sea can indulge in fruit de mer w/ tiger prawns, sea scallops, green mussels, clams & tomato. About the list The Diners Club® World's 50 Best Restaurants Academy covers 26 regions around the world and each region has its own panel of 36 members made up of food critics, chefs, restaurateurs and highly regarded 'foodies' each of whom has seven votes. Of the seven votes, at least three must be used to recognise restaurants outside of their region. Voters must have eaten in the restaurants they nominate in the last 18 months and they are not permitted to vote for restaurants they own or have an interest in. Nominations must be made for the restaurant, not for the restaurateur or the chef and panellists submit their 7 choices in order of preference (this information is used to decide on positions in the event of a tie).       by