Chefs' Favourites

The restaurants that those in the know head to for the best authentic local fare

Local Eats

Where chefs themselves eat provides an alternative insight into the best and most respected local restaurants in any region.

Chefs from Asia's 50 Best Restaurants recommend their personal favourites - with an emphasis on authentic food, great value and the sort of relaxed ambience they like to experience after service, on days off or with their families.

JP Singh
of Bukhara in New Delhi recommends:

  • Swagath; 14 Defence Colony Market, New Delhi;
    +91 11 2433 0930
  • Oh Kolkata; Intl Trade Towers, E Block, Ground Floor, Nehru Place, Delhi;
    +91 11 3040 2415
  • Chor Bazaar; Hotel Broadway, 4/15A, Asaf Ali Road, New Delhi;
    +91 11 4366 3600
Rahuk Akerkar

Rahul Akerkar
of Indigo in Mumbai

"The place for fantastic, cozy home-style Gujarati fare.My choice for
comfort soul food"

on Swati Snacks, Mumbai

  • Shree Thakker Bhojanalay; 31 Dadiseth Agiary Lane, Kalbadevi, Mumbai;
    +91 22 2201 1232/+91 22 2208 8035
  • Trishna; 7, Sai Baba Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai;
    +91 22 2270 3213/ +91 22 2270 3214
  • Swati Snacks; 248 Karai Estate, Tardeo Road, Mumbai;
    +91 22 6580 8405/ +91 22 6580 8406

Gunther Hubrechsen
of Gunther’s in Singapore recommends:

  • Hua Yu Wee; 462 Upper East Coast Road, Singapore 466508;
    +65 6442 9313
  • Jade Palace Seafood Restaurant; Forum Galleria, 583 Orchard Road, Singapore 238884;
    +65 6732 6628
  • Bossy Café & Restaurant; 25 Seah Street #01-01, Singapore 188381;
    +65 6336 2501

Morten Nielsen
of Sra Bua By Kiin Kiin in
Bangkok recommends:

  • Somboon Seafood; 169, 169/7-12, Surawong Rd, Bangkok 10500;
    +66 2 233 3104
  • Thor; Moo 4 Ard Rd White Sand Beach, Koh Chang, Trat 23170;
    +66 2 86 530 0632
  • Kin Dee; Thepkrasattree St, (402) 71/6 Mu 5, Mai Khao, Phuket 83110;
    +66 82 814 8482

Yoshiaki Takazawa
of Takazawa in Tokyo recommends:

  • Torishige; 2-6-5 Yoyogi, Shibuya, Tokyo; Kiku; Yamada Building 2F, 8-4-3 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo;
  • Kiraku-Tei; Minami-Azabu Bduilding B1, 4-11-26, Minami- Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo;

Franck Pecol
of Franck in Shanghai recommends:

  • Xindalu; Hyatt on the Bund, 199 Huang Pu Road, Shanghai;
    +86 21 6393 1234
  • Yi Long Court; Peninsula Hotel, 32 The Bund, Dong Yi Road, Shanghai 200002;
    +86 21 2327 6742
  • Fukuchan; 223 Changle Lu, near Shanxi Nan Lu, Shanghai;
    +86 21 5403 6270

Paul Pairet
of Mr & Mrs Bund and Ultraviolet in Shanghai recommends:

  • Crystal Jade; 2F, Building 6, 123 XingYe Road, Xintiandi, Shanghai;
    +86 21 6385 8752
  • Din Tai Fung; 2F, Building 6, 123 XingYe Road, Xintiandi, Shanghai
    +86 21 6385 8378
  • Lost Heaven; 38 GaoYou Road, near FuXing Road, Shanghai;
    +86 21 6433 5126

Alvin Leung
of Bo Innovation in Hong Kong recommends:

  • Schezwan Sweetie; 393 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, HK;
    +852 2836 6971
  • Wing Wah Noodles; 89 Hennessy Road G/F, Wan Chai, HK;
    +852 2527 7476
  • Hot in a Pot; G/F 7 1/F, 84 Shum Chen Village, Sham Tseng, HK;
    +852 2491 9991

Tomonori Danzaki
of L'atelier De Joel Robuchon Singapore recommends:

  • Les Amis; 1 Scotts Road, #02-16 Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208;
    +65 6733 2225
  • Guy Savoy; 10 Bayfront Avenue, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018972;
    +65 6688 8513
  • Catalunya; The Fullerton Pavilion, 82 Collyer Quay, Singapore, 049327;
    +65 6534 0886
Franck Elie Laloum

Franck Elie Laloum
of Jade on 36 in Shanghai

"I love the signature minced pork dumplings. A spicy must-try are The shrimp and pork wantons are a spicy must-try"

on Din Tai Feng, Shanghai

  • Din Tai Fung; Xinye Road, Lane 123, Xintiandi South Entrance, Block 6, Level 2, Shanghai;
    +86 21 6385 8378
  • Table No. 1; The Waterhouse Hotel, The Cool Docks, 1/F, 1-3 Maojiayuan Lu, Shanghai;
    +86 21 6080 2918
  • Coconut Paradise Thai Cuisine; 38 Fumin Lu, Shanghai;
    +86 21 6248 1998

Dharshan Munidasa
of Nihonbashi in Colombo recommends:

  • Jyuu Bako; 2-17-61 Akasaka, Minatoku, Tokyo;
    +81 3 3542 0620
  • Inoue Ramen; 9-1-6 Tsukiji 4 Chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo;
    +81 3 3542 0620
  • Kinchan Sushi; 1-6-14, B1 Akasaka, Minatoku, Tokyo;
    +81 3 3584 4536

Seiji Yamamoto
of Nihonryori RyuGin in Tokyo recommends:

  • Mikawa Zezankyo; 1-3-1 Fukuzumi, Koto-ku, Tokyo;
    +81 3 3643 8383
  • Gaigai; Aporia Bulding, 1-3-1 Azabu Juuban, Minato-ku, Tokyo;
  • Shimbashi Shimizu; 2-15-10 Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo;
    +81 3 3591 5763

    81 3 3591 5763

David Almany
of Osteria Mozza in Singapore recommends:

  • Jade Palace Seafood; Forum Galleria, 583 Orchard Road, Singapore;
    +65 6732 6628
  • Artichoke Café; 161 Middle Road, Sculpture Square, Singapore;
    +65 6336 6949
  • Muthu’s Curry; 138 Race Course Road, Singapore;
    +65 6392 1722

Umberto Bombana
of 8 1/2 Otto E Mezzo Bombana in Hong Kong recommends:

  • Island Tang; Shop 222, The Galleria, 9 Queen’s Road Central, HK;
    +852 2526 8798
  • Wagyu Kaiseki Den; Upper G/F, Central Park Hotel, 263 Hollywood Road, HK;
    +852 2851 2820
  • Chiu Tang; 2/F, Cosmo Hotel, 375 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, HK;
    +852 2838 3798
Andre Chiang

Andre Chiang
of Andre in Singapore

"Classic taste of the most authentic dim sum in Singapore"

on Red Star, Singapore

  • Goto Japanese Restaurant; 14 Ann Siang Road #01-01 S(069694), Singapore;
    +65 8133 1182/+65 6438 1553
  • E-Pachi Japanese Restaurant; 40 Boat Quay S(049829), Singapore;
    +65 6535 1869
  • Red Star; 54 Chin Swee Road S(160054), Singapore;
    +65 6532 5266

Don Berger
of Don’s in Hanoi recommends:

  • Cha Cá La Vong; 14 Cha Cá, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi;
    +84 4 3825 3929
  • Bun Cha; Hang Manh/Hang Quat, Truc Bach, Hanoi
  • Bun Bo Nam Bo; 67 Hang Dieu, Hanoi;
    +84 4 3923 0701

Raymond Lim
of Les Amis in Singapore recommends:

  • Lavender Food Court; 380 Jalan Besar, Singapore
  • Ming Kee Live Seafood; 556 MacPherson Rd, Singapore;
    +65 6747 4075
  • Ya Hua Bah Kut Teh; 593 Havelock Road, Singapore;
    +65 6235 7716

Manish Mehrotra
of Indian Accent in New Delhi recommends:

  • Swati Snacks; Karai Estate, Opp Bhatia Hospital, Tardeo Road, Mumbai 400007;
    +91 22 6580 8405/+91 22 6580 8406
  • Saravana Bhavan; 46 Janpath, New Delhi 110001;
    +91 11 2331 6060
  • Vaishnav Chat Bhandar; 66-67, E Block, Kamla Nagar, Delhi;
    +91 11 2384 5677

Tony Lu
of Fu 1015 in Shanghai recommends:

  • Lung King Heen; Four Seasons Hotel, 8 Finance Street, Central, HK;
    +852 3196 8888
  • La Maison Du; Chaoyang District, Beijing, China, Liangmaqiao Road, No. 48 Four Seasons Hotel 2F;
    +86 10 5695 8858
  • Forest; 8 Sentosa Gateway, Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore;
    +65 777 788

Manoj Goel
of Varq in New Delhi recommends:

  • Karim’s; 16, Gali Kababian, Jama Masjid, Old Delhi;
    +91 11 2326 4981
  • Sagar Ratna; Connaught Place, New Delhi;
    +91 11 2341 2470
  • Masala Art; Taj Palace Hotel, Sardar Patel Marg, New Delhi;
    +91 11 2611 0202
Bo Songvisava

Bo Songvisava and Dylan Jones
of Bo.lan in Bangkok

"With its busy, noisy atmosphere this is a great late-night option and a true Bangkok experience. Excellent duck noodle"

Bo Songvisava on Xia, Bangkok

  • Soul Food Mahanakorn; Soi Thong-Loh, Sukhumvit Soi 55, Bangkok;
    +66 2 714 7708
  • Ruan Pan Yha; 1300/1600 Soi Ekachai, 11 Norrarach-Uthit Road, Mahachai, Muang, Samut Songkhram, Thailand;
    +66 34 4247 0703 4836689
  • Xia; 2856 Rama IV Road, Bangkok;
    +66 2 671 3279

Yoshihiro Narisawa
of Narisawa in Tokyo recommends:

  • Garamanjaku Café; 10507-4 Kin, Kin-Chou-Aza, Kunigami, Okinawa, 10507-4;
    +81 98 968 8846
  • Ukishima Garden; 2-12-3 Matsuo, Naha, Okinawa, 3;
    +81 98 943 2100
  • Shoku Nin Kan; Kasuga, Saku, Nagano, Japan 3250-3;
    +81 26 752 2010

Colin Chen
of 28 HuBin Road in Hangzhou recommends:

  • Linshui Gebi; 310 Xia Wan Road, Gong Shu, Hangzhou, Zhejiang;
    +86 571 8783 1638
  • Wei Zha; 71-73 Gao Yin Street, Shang Cheng, Hangzhou, Zhejiang;
    +86 571 8882 3682
  • Hui Juan Mian Guan; No. 130, Wang Jiang Road, Jiang Gan, Hangzhou, Zhejiang;
    +86 571 8780 5323

David Thompson
of Nahm in Bangkok recommends:

  • Krua Apsorn; Samsen Rd, between Wat Rachathiwat and the National Library, Bangkok;
    +66 2 668 8788
  • Nai Mong Hoi Nang Tort; 539 Thanon Phlapplaachai, off Charoen Krung Road, Bangkok;
    +66 2 623 1890
  • Baan Klang Nam; 288 Soi 14, Rama III Road, Bangkok;
    +66 2 292 0175

Tetsuya Wakuda
of Waku Ghin in Singapore recommends:

  • Sushi Yoshitake; 3F, Suzuryu Building, 8-7-19 Ginza Chuo-ku Tokyo;
    +81 3 6253 7331
  • Les Vinum; LA Nishi Azabu 1F 4-5-8 Nishiazabu, Minato, Tokyo; 106-0031;
    +81 3 5466 8607
  • Chijmes Lei Garden Restaurant; #01-24 Chijmes,30 Victoria Street, Singapore;
    +65 6339 3822
Ignatius Chan

Ignatius Chan
of Iggy’s in Singapore

"Perfect dining with the purest ingredients from the mountains, lovely ambience, great hospitality and the most charming owner-hostess"

on Miyama-so, Kyoto

  • Miyama-so; 375 Daihizan, Hanaseharachicho Sakyo-Ku, Kyoto;
    +81 75 746 0231
  • Kahala; Kishimoto Building 2F 1-9-2 Sonezakishinchi Kita-ku, Osaka;
    +81 6 6345 6778
  • Imperial Treasure Teochew; 391 Orchard Road #04-20a, Singapore;
    +65 6736 2118

Hajeme Yoneda
of Hajime in Osaka recommends:

  • Mizai; 613 Maruyama-park, Maruyama-cho, Higasiyama- ku, Kyoto;
    +81 75 551 331
  • Sukiyabashi Jiro; Tsukamoto Sogyo Building, Basement 1st Floor, 2-15 Ginza 4-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo;
    +81 335 353 600
  • Sushi Matsumoto; H2-33-1F Hinoike-Cho, Nishinomiya-shi, Hyogo-Ken;
    +81 798 745 499

Gulaam Qureshi
of Dum Pukht in New Delhi recommends:

  • Gajalee; Kadamgiri Complex, Hanuman Road, Vile Parle East, Mumbai 400057;
    +91 22 2616 6470
  • Jaffer Bhai’s Delhi Darbar; 18 Lady Jamshedji Road, Mahim (W), Mumbai;
    +91 22 2446 5651
  • Mahesh Lunch Home; Shop 1 & 2, Kings Apartment, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu, Mumbai;
    +91 22 6695 5559
Richard Ekkebus

Richard Ekkebus
of Amber in Hong Kong

"One of the very last places to make it's own bamboo noodles. The quality of the noodles with the BBQ pork and a great broth make up for the lack of comfort!" on Wing Wa Wonton Noodle, Hong Kong

on Wing Wa Wonton Noodle, Hong Kong

  • Dimdimsum Dim Sum Specialty Store; G/F, 7 Tin Lok Lane, Wan Chai, HK;
    +852 2891 7677
  • Celebrity Cuisine; 1F, Lan Kwai Foong Hotel, 3 Kau U Fong, Central, HK;
    +852 3650 0066
  • Wing Wa Noodles; 89 Hennessy Road G/F, Wan Chai, HK;
    +852 2527 7476

Gaggan Anand
of Gaggan in Bangkok recommends:

The Chairman; G/F, 16-18 Kau U Fong West, Central, Hong Kong (HK); +852 2555 2202

22 Ships; 22 Ship Street, Wan Chai, HK; +852 2555 0722

Sushi Sase; UG/F, Hilltop Plaza, 49 Hollywood Rd, Central, HK; +852 2815 0455

Matthew Abergel
of Yardbird

The Chairman; G/F, 16-18 Kau U Fong West, Central, Hong Kong (HK); +852 2555 2202

22 Ships; 22 Ship Street, Wan Chai, HK; +852 2555 0722

Sushi Sase; UG/F, Hilltop Plaza, 49 Hollywood Rd, Central, HK; +852 2815 0455

Rahul Akerkar
of Amber in Hong Kong

  • Dimdimsum Dim Sum Specialty Store; G/F, 7 Tin Lok Lane, Wan Chai, HK;
    +852 2891 7677
  • Celebrity Cuisine; 1F, Lan Kwai Foong Hotel, 3 Kau U Fong, Central, HK;
    +852 3650 0066
  • Wing Wa Noodles; 89 Hennessy Road G/F, Wan Chai, HK;
    +852 2527 7476

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