• The World's 50 Best Restaurants


Bangkok, Thailand


A journey through modern Indian cuisine in 25 emojis

What’s behind the hype: There’s a reason why Gaggan has been named No.1 in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants for three consecutive years and it’s all about reinvention and creativity. Chef Gaggan Anand has consistently transformed his tasting menu, developing conversation-starting dishes like the spherified Yoghurt Explosion and creating a dining experience that reflects the warmth of Thai hospitality in Bangkok.

On the menu: Guests at Gaggan are initially given a list of 25 emojis so that each dish comes as a surprise. After a journey through 'magic' mushrooms, Indian sushi and sea urchin ice cream, they are finally presented with a written list of all the items they’ve consumed – a colourful collection of bites in quick succession over the course of two to three hours.

Gaggan reinvented: Last year saw a large extension of the restaurant with a state-of-the-art R&D kitchen and chef’s table, which is used primarily for pop-ups and collaborations. The glass-walled area overlooks another row of buildings, where Anand is building a series of new restaurants with some of his longstanding chefs from Gaggan.

Future plans: Anand plans to close Gaggan in 2020 and will open a small restaurant in Fukuoka, Japan, with fellow cook and friend Takeshi ‘Goh’ Fukuyama. He has secured his future by investing in young chefs with restaurants such as Sühring, No.13 in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016, and creating a casual burger restaurant, Meatlicious.

On the pass

  • Chef-owner Gaggan Anand (pictured) with Rydo Anton

Pastry chef

  • Tristan Lim

Style of food

  • Progressive Indian cuisine

Standout dish

  • Charcoal