For the first time ever, the annual Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants have released an extended list for establishments placed between 51 to 100.
The awards, presented in association with S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, highlights the very best restaurants across the region. Three restaurants in Malaysia have made the list the year: Dewakan and Nadodi in Kuala Lumpur, as well as Gēn 根 in Penang.
“This year, we have decided to publish the list of restaurants ranked from 51-100, created from the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants voting process, in order to recognise a greater number of venues than ever before. The global pandemic has been devastating for hospitality, and it is vital that we support restaurants across Asia in their recovery,” said William Drew, Director of Content at Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.
Here, we take a look at all three restaurants with links for reservations so you can plan a visit.
Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants will hold its virtual awards ceremony on Facebook and YouTube at 4.30pm today, 25 March 2021.
(Main image credit from left to right: Gēn 根, Dewakan, Nadodi)
Dewakan first made the list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2019 when it ranked #46. The restaurant continues to live up to its name, a combination of the Malay words for “God” and “food”. Heralded by Chef Darren Teoh, Dewakan spotlights fresh, local produce, bringing you proudly Malaysian dining experience alongside views of the Petronas Twin Towers. The restaurant focuses on its seasonal Food & Drink Tasting Menus to showcase the prime flavours of ingredients in season. They recommend going for the wine pairings that are carefully crafted to complement the tasting menus.
(Image credit: Dewakan)
With a name translated from ‘ground roots’, Gēn 根 also believes in the fresh, utmost high quality of local ingredients. The kitchen is led by Chef Johnson who studied at Le Cordon Bleau before working at Rockpool in Sydney and Joel Robuchon in Macau. Originally from Johor, Chef Johnson derives inspiration for the restaurant’s tasting menus from his childhood, a nostalgic journey of familiar flavours recreated for new experiences.
(Image credit: Gēn 根)
Headed by Chef S. Kartik Kumar, Nadodi serves the most incredible Indian cuisine. The menu takes traditional recipes from across India and Sri Lanka, and reinvents them with new creative flair and modern techniques. Food is served course-style, such as the Nadodi Experience, and 7- or 11-mile. As for drinks, cocktails by the restaurant’s Head of Beverage, Akshar Chalwadi, are a must-try.
(Image credit: Nadodi)