Best restaurants in Asia

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Dongdaemun & Eastern Seoul

    Gwangjang Market

    This sprawling fabric market is now best known as Seoul’s busiest meokjagolmok (food alley), thanks to the 200 or so food stalls, kimchi and fresh-seafood vendors that have set up shop amid the silk, satin and linen wholesalers. It's a hive of delicious sights and smells. Foodies flock here for the golden fried nokdu bindaetteok (mung-bean pancake; ₩4000 to ₩5000) – paired beautifully with makgeolli (milky rice wine).

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Roppongi, Akasaka & Around


    One of Tokyo’s most gracious restaurants is located in a former sake brewery (moved from northern Japan), with an exquisite traditional garden in the shadow of Tokyo Tower. Seasonal preparations of tofu and accompanying dishes are served in the refined kaiseki (Japanese haute cuisine) style. Make reservations well in advance. Vegetarians should advise staff when they book, and last orders for weekday lunch is 3pm, for dinner 7.30pm.

  • Restaurants in Kaohsiung

    Wu Pao Chun Bakery

    The flagship store of the Taiwanese baker who won top prize (bread category) in the Bakery World Cup in Paris. And he did it with a wheat loaf that he embedded with his country's millet wine, rose petals and dried lychees. Since then Wu has continued to impress flocking customers with both European-style breads and soft Asian pastries.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Siem Reap

    Cuisine Wat Damnak

    Set in a traditional wooden house is this highly regarded restaurant from Siem Reap celeb chef Joannès Rivière. The menu delivers the ultimate contemporary Khmer dining experience. Seasonal set menus focus on market-fresh ingredients and change weekly; vegetarian options are available with advance notice.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Dhaka


    Wildly popular with the locals, and rightly so, Al-Razzaque does delicious curries, biryanis and Bangladeshi breakfasts, but the pièces de résistance here are the plate-sized flaky rotis, which are absolutely magnificent. No English menu, but some English spoken.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Odaiba & Tokyo Bay

    Sushi Dai

    There is no better-value sushi in Tokyo than the omakase (chef's choice) course here. The menu changes daily (and sometimes hourly), but you're guaranteed to get 10 pieces of nigiri (hand-pressed) sushi made from seafood picked up from the fish market downstairs, prepared one at a time, pre-seasoned to perfection (and with zero boring fillers). Expect to queue.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Sylhet

    Panshi Restaurant

    At this iconic and wildly popular proletarian restaurant, the grade of cooking is nothing short of culinary wizardry. Bringing every possible permutation of local ingredients and flavours to your table, the al fresco eatery is perpetually thronged by locals, and you might have to share tables at peak hours. Skip the menu and simply ask the friendly waiters to surprise you.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in The Bund & People's Square


    You’ve probably paired food and wine before, but what about coupling an illuminated apple-wasabi communion wafer with purple candles and a specially designed cathedral scent and visuals? Welcome to China’s most conceptual dining experience – and the only restaurant in Shanghai with three Michelin stars. The evening’s diners gather first at Mr & Mrs Bund for an aperitif before they’re whisked away to a secret location.

  • Restaurants in Wan Chai & Northeast Hong Kong Island

    Bo Innovation

    Committed foodies with dollars to burn will be determined to try this three-starred gastro-lab presided over by the 'Demon Chef', aka Hong Kong's own Alvin Leung. Celebrated for his self-styled 'X-Treme Cuisine', Leung rips up the rule book and reimagines Chinese classics in bold and often outrageous ways.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Manila

    Van Gogh is Bipolar

    Every bit as interesting as it sounds, this chaotic restaurant inhabits a tiny space packed with curios and artworks. It's run by artist Jetro, who cooks entirely original, delicious food in a riotous atmosphere that'll likely see you dine wearing a flamboyant hat (grab one from the hatstand). Dinners are three- to five-course set meals, while lunch is à la carte.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Kōrakuen & Akihabara


    German-born chef and Noma alumnus Thomas Frebel leads an international team of young chefs here at Inua, one of Tokyo's most talked about openings in recent years. With its focus on sourcing the best local produce – be it prized enoki mushrooms from Hokkaidō, wild pepper from Okinawa or bee larva from Nagano – the 15-course set menu is one hell of a trip.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Negombo

    Lords Restaurant

    By far Negombo’s most creative eating experience, with dishes that are a hybrid of Western and Eastern flavours. Martin, the British owner, is a rare thing among expat restaurant owners in that he actually works on the floor and in the kitchen, making sure that everything is just spot on. It's the one place in town worth a splurge; credit cards are accepted.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Sylhet


    If you’ve ever been to a Bangladeshi-run Indian restaurant on London’s Brick Lane – where many of the restaurants are in fact run by expats from Sylhet – then you’ll recognise all your curry favourites on the menu here (you'll sorely miss the beer, though). The service is slick, the decor is modern and the food is simply superb.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Lake Gardens, Brickfields & Bangsar


    Occupying the top level of a multistorey car park overlooking the Perdana Botanical Garden, flamboyant celebrity chef Ismail's restaurant is one of KL's best. The seemingly endless buffet spread is splendid, with all kinds of dishes that you'd typically only be served in a Malay home. Go hungry and book ahead at weekends, when it's super busy.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Colonial District, the Quays & Marina Bay

    Waku Ghin

    The refinement and exquisiteness of the 10-course degustation menu by acclaimed chef Tetsuya Wakuda is nothing short of breathtaking. Using only the freshest ingredients, the modern Japanese-European repertoire changes daily, though the signature marinated Botan shrimp topped with sea urchin and Oscietra caviar remains a permanent showstopper. The newly awarded two Michelin stars has only added to this elusive restaurant's appeal.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Tagaytay & Lake Taal


    One of the finest restaurants in the country, this upscale French-Euro-Filipino eatery offers the chance to rub elbows with politicians and oligarchs over delightfully presented dishes from foie-gras raclette to roast suckling pig – if you can get a reservation. Seating areas include some lovely tables in elegant dining rooms overlooking lotus ponds and a lush tropical garden. Also has a superb garden cocktail bar, the Lanai Lounge.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Tsuen Wan

    Yue Kee Roasted Goose Restaurant

    In an alley lined with roast-goose restaurants, 60-year-old Yue Kee is the king. Order gorgeous plates of coppery-skinned charcoal-roasted goose (half is plenty for four people) and sample house specialities including soy-braised goose web (feet), wine-infused goose liver and stir-fried goose intestines. If that's not your speed, there are plenty of standard Cantonese dishes on offer. Book ahead. Yue Kee is a Michelin-starred restaurant.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Karatsu

    Kawashima Tōfu

    On Kyōmachi covered arcade near the station, this renowned tofu shop has been in business since the Edo period and serves refined kaiseki, starring tofu plus other seasonal specialities, around a 10-seat counter in its jewel box of a back room. Soft, warm, fresh – this is tofu as good as it gets.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Riverside, Silom & Lumphini


    Two exceptionally talented chefs run what can easily be called one of the finest Thai restaurants in the world. Its name meaning 'heaven', this chic address has a seven-course tasting menu themed on cooking methods, featuring dishes that are inherently Thai but are executed with the fanciness, finesse and flair worthy of a Michelin-starred restaurant (which it is).

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Mumbai (Bombay)


    Make this Northwest Frontier restaurant, outside the international airport, your first or last stop in Mumbai. It's a carbon copy of Delhi's famous Bukhara, with the same menu and decor. Folks flock here for the buttery dhal bukhara, a 24-hour simmered black dhal (₹945), but don't miss kebabs. Try the Murgh Malai (marinated tandoor-grilled chicken) and raan (impossibly succulent slow-roasted lamb hock).