Asia is a truly powerful force in the culinary world, and one that has long attracted the appetites of many a curious and hungry traveler. It boasts an ever-increasing number of Michelin-starred restaurants, helmed by some of the world’s most legendary chefs, but also countless purveyors of traditional foods, including the street-food purveyors of Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia, whose offerings are some of the best in the world. It is safe to say that Asian cuisine offers a world of treasures whose exploration could last any epicure a lifetime.
The Daily Meal recently put together its annual list of The 101 Best Restaurants in Asia. In choosing our 101 best, we called upon more than 50 experts who either live in Asia or spend time there frequently — restaurant critics, food and lifestyle writers, and bloggers with wide restaurant-going experience (the roster was slightly different from last year's, which in part probably accounts for the fact that some high-ranking restaurants last year dropped down the list or disappeared this year, as well as the presence of so many new places). This pool of experts was supplemented by The Daily Meal’s well-traveled editorial staff. We asked all the respondents to help nominate additional places to build upon last year’s ballot of 202 contenders, then evaluate the selection and vote for their favorites, country by country (meet The Daily Meal's panelists).
The 10 most highly rated restaurants are located in some of Asia’s most iconic neon-lit metropolises, including Tokyo and Hong Kong, but these are only a tiny portion of the great restaurants, modest and extravagant alike, that you’ll find all over Asia.
#10 Pierre (Hong Kong)
With its view of Hong Kong’s harbor from the 25th floor of the city's Mandarin Oriental Hotel and its high-end French fare, which earned it two Michelin stars, celebrated chef Pierre Gagnaire's Pierre is a prime destination for those looking for a fine dining experience in central Hong Kong. A few menu highlights include morel mushroom tart with yellow wine, veil of Beaufort cheese, and golden grapes; poached line-caught sea bass topped with shallot and liquorice crumble; and roasted duck foie gras glazed with hibiscus “bigarade” sauce.
#9 Fatty Crab (Hong Kong)
A daring Asian branch of New York City's original Fatty Crab, this lively new restaurant offers a carefully curated American take on Asian cuisine, with “a little southern BBQ in the mix.” Its raw bar items are particularly tempting, such as market oysters, razor clams with green peppercorns and mint, and chilled Dungeness crab. The New York location’s famous chili crab is still on the menu, along with new items including bacon and clams, served with house-smoked bacon, green peppercorns, and yuzu. The Hong Kong restaurant has a layout consisting of multiple rooms, a raw bar, and a separate bar for drinking. Click here for more on the Hong Kong Fatty Crab.