Essence Of Asia Best Restaurants

A number of Southeast Asia restaurants feature in a new collection of restaurants throughout Asia dubbed the “Essence of Asia”.

The unranked collection of 50 restaurants is designed to represent the “spirit of Asian gastronomy” with eateries that honour culinary traditions, reinvent indigenous cuisines and revive centuries old recipes.

Essence of Asia Logo

“We are honoured to unveil the Essence of Asia collection. At a time when restaurants need our support, this collection presents travelers and gourmets with an invaluable guide to some of Asia’s most authentic and diverse dining experiences. Reflecting the breadth of the region’s gastronomic scene, the range of establishments spans street vendors, time-honoured institutions, philanthropic businesses and pioneering newcomers.”

William Drew, Director of Content for Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants

Southeast Asia Entries in the Essence of Asia


  • Nesat Seafood House, Phnom Penh
  • Lum Orng Farm To Table, Siem Reap
  • The Sugar Palm, Siem Reap
The Sugar Palm, Siem Reap.


  • Babi Guling Pande Egi, Bali 
  • KooD, Bali 
  • Pagi Sore, Jakarta 
  • Lupis Mbah Satinem, Yogyakarta
Babi Guling Pande Egi, Bali, Indonesia. Credit Pie Susu Bli Man


  • Tamarind, Luang Prabang
  • Doi Ka Noi, Vientiane
Tamarind Restaurant owner Joy Ngeuamboupha filming the National Geographic show ‘Uncharted’ with Gordon Ramsey. Credit Tamarind Restaurant


  • Artisan Handmade Bread, Ipoh
  • Kedai Kopi Yee Fung, Kota Kinabalu
  • Bijan, Kuala Lumpur
  • Siam Road Char Koay Teow, Penang
Siam Road Char Koay Teow, Penang


  • Rangoon Tea House, Yangon
  • Shan Kitchen, Yangon
  • Shwe Sa Bwe, Yangon
Shwe Sa Bwe, Yangon, Myanmar. Credit


  • Farmer’s Daughter, Baguio 
  • Earth Kitchen, Manila
  • Hapag, Manila
  • Bale Dutung, Pampanga
Farmers Daughter Restaurant, Philippines. Credit Farmers Daughter Restaurant.


  • Botanico at The Garage
  • Jin Ji Teochew Braised Duck & Kway Chap
  • Keng Eng Kee
  • Mr. and Mrs. Mohgan’s Super Crispy Roti Prata
  • Naked Finn
  • Restaurant Kin
Mr. and Mrs. Mohgan’s Super Crispy Roti Prata, Singapore


  • 100 Mahaseth, Bangkok  
  • Barefoot Bangkok, Bangkok
  • Na café at Bangkok 1899, Bangkok 
  • Wattana Panich, Bangkok  
  • Locus Native Food Lab, Chiang Rai  
  • Samuay & Sons, Udon Thani
Barefoot Bangkok, Thailand


  • Pho Gia Truyen, Hanoi 
  • Ngoc Suong Seafood & Bar, Ho Chi Minh City  
  • Pizza 4P’s, Ho Chi Minh City  
  • Madam Khanh – The Banh Mi Queen, Hoi An
Madam Khanh – The Banh Mi Queen, Hoi An, Vietnam

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