Years ago, a visit to a hotel restaurant may have left a bad taste in your mouth. Dinners were often mediocre and forgettable, but such was the sacrifice travelers had to make after a long day of exploring a new city.
Luckily, in the U.S. and around the world, that is no longer the case. Recent years have seen a wave of new hotel restaurants making their mark in various countries, not only adding to a country’s dining scene, but also helping to change the image of the hotel restaurant experience we once knew.
Among those areas of the world driving this change is Asia, which is a culinary force to be reckoned with. Cities like Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Beijing have been long sought-after by many travelers hungry to take in the history and the culture of these neon-drenched cities while also exploring the vast array of food options that can be found and devoured there. From the food stalls found on almost every corner to exquisite fine dining restaurants, many Asian countries keep hungry travelers on their toes when it comes to gustatory exploration.
Our list of The 10 Best Hotel Restaurants in Asia is drawn from our third-annual ranking of The 101 Best Hotel Restaurants Around the World. To construct that list, we considered the winners and nominees from our 2013 list of best hotel restaurants; consulted the Michelin Guide and other trusted sources for further recommendations; and drew hotel restaurants from our annual lists of The 101 Best Restaurants in Asia, The 101 Best Restaurants in Europe, and The 101 Best Restaurants in Latin America and the Caribbean.
There were a few rules we established in order to narrow down our nominees: The hotel had to have at least 15 rooms (so quaint, family-run bed-and-breakfasts and famed restaurants that happen to have a few rooms for the convenience of guests were eliminated). In addition, notable restaurants located just a few steps from hotels, even if they are under the same ownership, were also excluded; they had to be under the same roof as well as the same proprietorship.
#10 Signature at the Mandarin Oriental (Tokyo)
Since Nicolas Boujéma became executive chef here in 2013, the Michelin-starred Signature has continued to serve high-class French cuisine with a contemporary twist. The dining room is situated on the 37th floor of the hotel and overlooks the Tokyo skyline, which offers views of Ōtemachi, the Imperial Palace, and Tokyo Bay. Dining options include a 10-course, seasonally inspired menu, an eight-course vegetarian menu, and a three-course business lunch. Dishes worth mentioning include roasted scallops and abalone from Hokkaido served with beetroot with caviar and lemon paste; and roasted A5 Japanese beef tournedos, foie gras ravioli, fondant potato and sauce périgueux.
#9 Jade on 36 at Pudong Shangri-La Hotel (Shanghai)
Designed by the award-winning Adam D. Tihany, Jade on 36 in the Pudong Shangri-La Hotel offers 36th-floor views of Shanghai’s iconic Bund and contemporary French dining created by chef de cuisine Franck Elie Laloum. Dishes include lamb shank served with couscous, dry fruits, and pan-seared scallops served with cauliflower curry, which you can order by the piece.