Fifth edition of annual awards ceremony on 21st February 2017 in Bangkok

Following the successful move to Thailand in 2016, the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony will return to Bangkok in 2017. Now celebrating its fifth year, the prestigious event, sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, will take place at the W Hotel in Bangkok on the evening of Tuesday, 21st February 2017.  


Hosted with the support of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants will gather the region’s most renowned chefs, industry VIPs and international media to announce the 2017 list. Since launching in 2013, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants has become the most trusted and credible guide to the best places to eat around the region. The 2016 list welcomed 10 new entries and showcased the best dining experiences in 13 Asian countries, more than ever before. 


The 2017 programme will include the #50BestTalks event, a combination of local food discovery and interactive chef demonstrations that explores regional food trends and local Thai cooking techniques. Scheduled for Monday, 20th February, the one-day curated forum will feature some of Asia’s most influential culinary leaders, including chefs from Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list.


William Drew, Group Editor of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, says: “After the success of the 2016 event, we’re thrilled to return to Thailand for the fifth edition of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. Given the country’s rich culinary history, unique Thai hospitality and vibrant restaurant scene, Thailand is rightly regarded as one of the most celebrated food capitals of the world and an ideal host country for Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.” 


H.E. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports of Thailand, says: “When visitors enjoy a quality dining experience in Thailand, it means they have enjoyed a meal from the best quality Thai farm products, in a creative ambience, with exemplary service. We want the world to experience and enjoy the flavours of the Thai nation, and for international chefs to either come to Thailand or remain in their home kitchens to whip up amazing dishes with fresh and tasty Thai ingredients.” 


Thailand’s prominence in Asia’s culinary scene continues to grow. For the last three years, Bangkok restaurants have claimed the No.1 spot on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list. David Thompson’s Nahm took top honours in 2014 while Gaggan Anand’s eponymous restaurant secured the No.1 spot in 2015 and again last year. Along with Gaggan and Nahm, the 2016 list also featured the Bangkok-based restaurants Eat Me (No.23), and Issaya Siamese Club (No.19).  


How Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list is compiled 

The list is created from the votes of the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an influential group of over 300 leaders in the restaurant industry across Asia, each selected for their expert opinion of Asia’s restaurant scene. The panel in each region is made up of food writers and critics, chefs, restaurateurs and highly regarded ‘gastronomes’. Members list their choices in order of preference, based on their best restaurant experiences of the previous 18 months. There is no pre-determined check-list of criteria, but there are strict voting rules.


For the 2017 edition, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants is once again working with professional services consultancy Deloitte as its official independent adjudication partner. The adjudication by Deloitte ensures that the integrity and authenticity of the voting process and the resulting list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants are protected. 


To see more details on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants voting process, visit


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William Reed Business Media 

Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list is owned and published by William Reed Business Media, which also publishes The World's 50 Best Restaurants, launched in 2002, and Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants, launched in September 2013. William Reed Business Media is entirely responsible for the organisation of the awards, the voting system and the list. 


Host Country: Thailand

Thai food is among the key magnets that draw visitors across the globe to Thailand. Zesty spices and the interplay of flavours create a harmonious whole within a meal and dishes like Tom Yum Kung, green curry and Phat Thai now enjoy an international following. Thailand has also become a gourmet’s playground with the best of the world’s cuisines represented. Thai food attracts great chefs to Thailand, where they know they will find great ingredients. The nation’s kitchens and restaurants produce dishes traditional and innovative, local and global, but always delicious and everyone is welcome to sample its unique flavours.


Main sponsor: S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna

S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna are the main sponsors of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna are the leading natural mineral waters in the fine dining world. Together they interpret Italian style worldwide as a synthesis of excellence, pleasure and well-being.


Other sponsors

Diners Club International – Official credit card partner and sponsor of ‘The Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award – Asia’

Miele – Official kitchen appliances partner and sponsor of the ‘One To Watch Award’

W Hotel Bangkok - Official hotel and venue partner

Lavazza ­– Official Coffee Partner to Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2017



This year’s results will be announced at the annual awards ceremony held in Bangkok, Thailand on 21 February 2017 and released live via our social media channels.