It's a hat-trick for Bangkok's Gaggan: the Indian restaurant in Thailand topped the closely watched list of Asia's 50 Best Restaurants for the third straight year.
Although Australian venues are not eligible for inclusion on the list, two Asian restaurants led by Australian chefs placed in the top 10; Bangkok's Nahm helmed by Thai food guru David Thompson, and Burnt Ends in Singapore - a "modern Australian barbecue" restaurant led by Perth-born chef David Pynt.
Chef Gaggan Anand opened his eponymous restaurant in the Thai capital in 2010 and he first won the top spot in 2015, two years after the Asian version of the world's 50 Best restaurant rankings debuted.
"The first time I thought I was lucky, but last year I really worked hard, and here I am now today," he said.
Gaggan Anand's restaurant riffs on his Punjabi culinary heritage. Photo: Supplied
This year, Singapore had three restaurants in the top 10, more than any other city, led by Restaurant Andre, which nudged up one notch to second place.
The annual list is compiled based on votes of 300 food writers, critics, chefs and others, who are asked about their best restaurant experience, according to William Reed Business Media, which also publishes the World's 50 Best Restaurants list.
There are six voting regions where restaurants are considered for the list: India and subcontinent; South-East Asia - south; South-East Asia - north; Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau; mainland China and Korea; and Japan.
Aussie chef David Pynt on the pass at Burnt Ends, Singapore. Photo: Supplied
The World's 50 Best Restaurant awards for 2017 will be held in Melbourne on April 5.
Asia's 50 Best Restaurants Top 10
- Gaggan, Thailand
- Restaurant Andre, Singapore
- Amber, Hong Kong
- 8-1/2 Otto E Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong
- Nahm, Thailand
- Narisawa, Japan
- Nihonryori Ryugin, Japan
- Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, China
- Odette, Singapore
- Burnt Ends, Singapore
Gaggan Anand and the world's top chefs will share their knowledge at #50BestTalks, live Q&A shows in Sydney (April 1) and Melbourne (April 3) hosted by ABC presenter Annabel Crabb. Tickets available at goodfood.com.au/worlds50best