Gaggan in Bangkok named Asia's best restaurant

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(CNN)For the second year running Bangkok has nabbed regional culinary bragging rights in Asia with Gaggan taking home the coveted number one spot at the San Pellegrino Asia's 50 Best Restaurant Awards.

Shortly after accepting the prize at the award ceremony in Singapore, Chef Gaggan Anand called his mother, tears in his eyes, to let her know he'd won.
"She's the owner of me," he said. "I have her genes, it's her talent and vision, she told me 'you have to be a chef.' I promise you that my mom cooks better food than me!"
    Anand opened his eponymous restaurant in the Thai capital in 2010 with a mission and vision to "reinvigorate" Indian cuisine by exploiting contemporary techniques and adding molecular twists to traditional Indian dishes.
    The 35-year-old was also the first Indian chef to undertake an internship with Ferran Adria's team at the legendary el Bulli restaurant in Spain.
    Anand said his win would have an impact on Indian cuisine.
    "It will motivate a lot of chefs -- and it's a proud moment for our country, which has such a rich culinary heritage. The best thing is that someone, some young Indian chef, will now come and overtake me."
    The 2015 win for Gaggan follows the 2014 victory for rival Bangkok eatery Nahm, which this year dropped to seventh place in the prestigious awards.
    Securing second spot for the second year running, as well as the award for best restaurant in Japan, was Tokyo's Narisawa.
    China's best restaurant, Ultraviolet in Shanghai, featuring chef Paul Pairet's "multi-sensory" experience, came in at number three.
    It was a good night overall for China. It secured 16 of the top 50 restaurants, followed by Singapore and Japan with 10 and eight respectively.
    The 2015 list also features eight new entries including first timers from the Philippines with Antonio's and Cambodia's Cuisine Wat Damnak.
    The awards were based on votes from more than 300 chefs, restaurateurs and experts in six countries across Asia.

    Asia's top 10 restaurants

    1. Gaggan (Bangkok)
    68/1 Soi Langsuan, Ploenchit Road, Lumpini, Bangkok; +66 2 652 1700
    2. Narisawa (Tokyo)
    Minami Ayoyama 2-6-15, Minato-ku, Tokyo; +81 3 5785 0799
    3. Ultraviolet (Shanghai)
    c/o Bund 18, 6/F, 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, Shanghai; +86 21 6323 9898
    4. Nihonryori Ryugin (Tokyo)
    Ground Floor, 7-17-24 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo; +81 3 3423 8006
    5. Restaurant Andre (Singapore)
    41 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore; +65 6534 8880
    6. Amber (Hong Kong)
    7/F, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, The Landmark, 15 Queen's Road, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2132 0066
    7. Nahm (Bangkok)
    Metropolitan Hotel, 27 South Sathorn Road, Tungmahamek Sathorn, Bangkok; +66 2 625 3333
    8. Otto e Mezzo (Hong Kong)
    Shop 202, Landmark Alexandra, 18 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2537 8859
    9. Waku Ghin (Singapore)
    Level 2-01, Atrium 2, The Shoppes, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore; +65 6688 8507
    10. Jungsik (Seoul)
    11 Seolleungro, 158 Gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul; +82 2 517 4654
    The other 40
    11. Jaan, Singapore
    12. L'Effervescence, Tokyo
    13. Les Amis, Singapore
    14. Hajime, Osaka, Japan
    15. Fook Lam Moon, Hong Kong
    16. Fu1015, Shanghai, China
    18. Iggy's, Singapore
    19. Fu He hui, Shanghai
    20. Lung King Heen, Hong Kong
    21. Mr and Mrs Bund, Shanghai
    22. Indian Accent, New Delhi
    23. Robuchon Au Dôme, Macau, China
    24. Tenku Ryugin, Hong Kong
    25. Eat Me, Bangkok, Thailand
    26. Le Moût, Taichung, Taiwan
    27. Ryunique, Seoul, Korea
    28. Bo Innovation, Hong Kong
    29. Wasabi by Morimoto, Mumbai, India
    30. Burnt Ends, Singapore
    31. Nihonbashi, Colombo, Sri Lanka
    32. Shinji By Kanesaka, Singapore
    33. Takazawa, Tokyo
    34. 28 Hubin Road, Hangzhou, China
    35. The Chairman, Hong Kong
    36. Tippling Club, Singapore
    37. Bo.Lan, Bangkok
    38. La Yeon, Seoul, Korea
    39. Issaya Siamese Club, Bangkok, Thailand
    40. Sushi Saito, Tokyo
    41. Bukhara, New Delhi
    42. Caprice, Hong Kong
    43. Ministry of Crab, Colombo, Sri Lanka
    44. Sukiyabashi Jiro, Tokyo
    45. Osteria Mozza, Singapore
    46. Hakkasan, Shanghai
    48. Antonio's, Tagaytay, Philippines
    49. Quintessence, Tokyo
    50. Cuisine Wat Damnak, Sien Reap, Cambodia
    For more on the winners, visit the official Asia's 50 Best Restaurants website.