Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014: The Awards Ceremony at The Capella + The After Party at Movenpick Sentosa (Happy Birthday, Gaggan!)

David Thompson's Nahm from Bangkok, Thailand was named the #1 restaurant in Asia for 2014

Last Monday, February 24, 2014, the winners for the S. Pellegrino & Acqua Panna Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards were announced at The Capella in Singapore.

David Thompson from Nahm in Bangkok, Thailand has been named Asia’s best. He was followed by last year’s winner, Yoshihiro Narisawa of Les Créations de Narisawa from Tokyo, Japan, and Gaggan Anand’s eponymous Gaggan restaurant, also from Bangkok, Thailand, at third place. (*For the full list of winners, scroll to the very end of this post :))

David Thompson's Nahm from Bangkok, Thailand was named the #1 restaurant in Asia for 2014
David Thompson’s Nahm from Bangkok, Thailand was named the #1 restaurant in Asia for 2014 at the Asia’s 50 Best Awards Ceremony at The Capella in Singapore

*I had the chance to dine at Nahm when it first opened at the Metropolitan Hotel in 2011. I remember being thoroughly impressed by dishes like the  Smoky Chiang Mai Chilli Relish with Pork Scratching and Quail Eggs to Tumeric Curry of Blue Swimmer Crab with Calamansi Limes. Not only was the Australian-born David able to execute the balance of flavors– the holy grail of Thai cuisine– but the dishes were all served in the middle of the table, instead of being plated individually– to be enjoyed the way we really eat Asian or Thai food– by sharing. But as that was 3 long years ago, a visit is in order soon!

The awards ceremony in Singapore gathered a VIP group of international journalists, panelists, jury members, chefs and hoteliers for the live announcement.

Here are some photos from the evening: (*Disclaimer: We’re all blue!!! Booo! :( )

On the way to Asia's 50 Best!
On the way to Asia’s 50 Best!
Asia's 50 Best Awards at Capella (Photo by Alicia Sy)
Capella in Sentosa was the venue for this year’s Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants (Photo by Alicia Sy)
Photowall for the chefs, hoteliers and VIPs
Veuve Clicquot Asia's 50 Best
Free-flowing Veuve Clicquot all night… the best! (Photo courtesy of Asia’s 50 Best)
Cheryl Tiu, Joan Roca
I wanted to die of happiness when the #1 chef in the world Joan Roca told me he loved my blog post from the Four Hands charity dinner he did with Andre Chiang <3
Andre Chiang, Cheryl Tiu
Always good to see Andre! Congratulations Chef Andre Chiang! Restaurant Andre is #6, and also the Best Restaurant in Singapore. And Andre was the winner of this year’s Chef’s Choice award voted by his peers– not a surprise :)
Gaggan Anand, Cheryl Tiu
Gaggan Anand’s eponymous Gaggan restaurant in Bangkok is the #3 best restaurant in Asia! Congratulations, and happy birthday!!! :)
Bobby Chinn, Cheryl Tiu
Reunited with my crazy funny Facebook friend aka celebrity chef/ TV host Bobby Chinn, after three years! He just opened House of Ho in London, so check it out when you’re in the area!
Aun Koh- Chubby Hubby
Many of you may know Aun Koh as the Chubby Hubby :) He’s also the co-founder of Ate Group who handled the local PR of Asia’s 50 Best
Loh Lik Peng, Cyrene dela Rosa
Loh Lik Peng of the Unlisted Collection (Hotel 1929, New Majestic Hotel, Wanderlust Hotel) and Interaksyon’s Cyrene dela Rosa
Four Seasons- Chan Yan Tak of Lung King Heen- and Fabrice Vulin of Caprice
Chefs Chan Yan Tak of Lung King Heen, #9, and Fabrice Vulin of Caprice, #13– of Four Seasons Hong Kong. Congratulations!!! Two properties on the list!
Four Seasons Hong Kong William MacKay- Les Amis Group Raymond Lim
Four Seasons Hong Kong Regional VP and General Manager William MacKay and Les Amis Group Director Raymond Lim. Congratulations!!! Les Amis #14 this year, and of course the 2 properties of Four Seasons HK as mentioned in above photo!
Victoria Cheng, Claire Blackshaw, Cheryl Tiu
Lovely to see these beauties again! Singapore food personality Victoria Cheng aka Gastronommy.com, and Four Seasons Hong Kong PR Director Claire Blackshaw
William Drew, Cheryl Tiu
With William Drew, Group Editor at William Reed Business Media (World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants)
Cheryl Tiu, David Thompson
Congratulations to Asia’s #1… Nahm’s David Thompson!! He will be coming to this month, too!
Alicia Sy, Margaux Salcedo, Cyrene dela Rosa, Cheryl Tiu
Philippines represent! Town & Country’s Alicia Sy, Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Margaux Salcedo, Interaksyon’s Cyrene dela Rosa, and Lifestyle Asia’s, Philippine Star’s and www.cheryltiu.com’s me!

After the awards, Bobby Chinn rounded up a fun group of us to the newly opened Movenpick Heritage Hotel, a quick five-minute drive also in Sentosa… what a stunning property!!!

Movenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa
(Photo taken from Trip Advisor)
WOW- Movenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa- Asia's 50 Best After Party
The after-party at Movenpick’s WoW – World of Whisky by by Waldhaus am See St. Moritz – Guinness World Record holders for having the largest whisky collection
Philip Jones, Donald Berger, Bobby Chinn, Umberto Bombana
Movenpick General Manager Philip Jones, Chef Patron Donald Berger of Dons Tay Ho in Hanoi, Bobby Chinn, Umberto Bombana of Otto e Mezzo Bombana in Hong Kong- #10 on this year’s Asia’s Best! (Photo by Movenpick Heritage Hotel Singapore)
Happy birthday Gaggan!
Happy birthday…
...Gaggan!!! What an amazing day for you! Congratulations!!!
…Gaggan!!! What an amazing day for you! Congratulations!!! (Photo courtesy of Movenpick Heritage Hotel Singapore)
Eduardo Tobon, David Laris, Bobby Chinn, Cheryl Tiu
Diner’s Club President Eduardo Tobon, Chef David Laris of Shanghai’s Cachet Hotel Group and newly opened The Bell Brook in Hong Kong, Bobby Chinn and me! What a fun bunch!
Gaggan Anand, Bobby Chinn, David Thompson, Cheryl Tiu, Charles Reed
Gaggan Anand, Bobby Chinn, David Thompson, me, Charles Reed, group managing director of William Reed Media
Fun times! :)
Fun times! :)

And wow… what a pleasant surprise! :)

And wow... thank you so much Gaggan for the kind words!!! You are the sweetest!
And wow… thank you so much Gaggan for the kind words!!! You are the sweetest!

Here’s the full list of all the winners. Congratulations everyone!!!!! (Although next year, I’m hoping we’ll have the Philippines on the list ;-))

Nahm, Bangkok, S.Pellegrino Best Restaurant in Thailand
Narisawa, Tokyo, S.Pellegrino Best Restaurant in Japan
Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand
Amber, Hong Kong, S.Pellegrino Best Restaurant in China
Nihonryori Ryugin, Tokyo, Japan
Restaurant AndreS.Pellegrino Best Restaurant in Singapore and Chefs’ Choice Award
Waku Ghin, Singapore
Ultraviolet, Shanghai, China
Lung King Heen, Hong Kong, China
10 8 1/2 Otto E Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong, China
11 Mr And Mrs Bund, Shanghai, China
12 Iggy’s, Singapore
13 Caprice, Hong Kong, China
14 Les Amis, Singapore
15 Bo Innovation, Hong Kong, China
16 Ishikawa, Tokyo, Japan
17 Jaan, Singapore
18 L’atelier De Joel Robuchon, Hong Kong, China
19 Fook Lam Moon, Hong Kong, China, Highest Climber up 29 places
20 Jungsik, Seoul, S.Pellegrino Best Restaurant in Korea and Highest New Entry
21 Sra Bua By Kiin Kiin, Bangkok, Thailand
22 Quintessence, Tokyo, Japan
23 Tippling Club, Singapore (NEW ENTRY)
24 Le Moût Restaurant, Taichung, S.Pellegrino Best Restaurant in Taiwan
25 L’effervescence, Tokyo, Japan (NEW ENTRY)
26 Fu1015, Shanghai, China
27 Bukhara, New Delhi, S.Pellegrino Best Restaurant in India
28 Bo.Lan, Bangkok, Thailand
29 Indian Accent, New Delhi, India
30 Dum Pukht, New Delhi, India
31 Issaya Siamese Club, Bangkok, Thailand (NEW ENTRY)
32 Varq, New Delhi, India
33 Hubin Road, Hangzhou, China
34 Takazawa, Tokyo, Japan
35 Shinji By Kanesaka, Singapore
36 Wasabi, Mumbai, India
37 Eat Me, Bangkok, Thailand
38 Sukiyabashi Jiro, Tokyo, Japan (NEW ENTRY)
39 Robuchon Au Dome, Macau
40 Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck, Singapore
41 Sawada, Tokyo, Japan (NEW ENTRY)
42 Hajime Restaurant, Osaka, Japan
43 Sushi Saito, Tokyo, Japan
44 Nihonbashi, Colombo, S.Pellegrino Best Restaurant in Sri Lanka
45 Yardbird, Hong Kong, China (up 1 place)
46 Family Li Imperial Cuisine, Shanghai, China (NEW ENTRY)
47 Sarong, Bali, S.Pellegrino Best Restaurant in Indonesia
48 Franck Bistro, Shanghai, China
49 Karavalli, Bangalore, India
50 Tenku Ryugin, Hong Kong, China (NEW ENTRY and ‘ONE TO WATCH’)