World's 100 Best Restaurants: How much does a meal cost?
Money can buy
No matter our differences, we all know we have one thing in common – a love for food. Sustenance has come a long way since humanity's caveman-hunter days, and now the culinary world is full of wonders to sate our discerning palates. But in the quest for titillating your taste buds further and further, what price would you pay? Here's a list of 23 restaurants in Asia and Asia-Pacific that are among the ranks of the Top 100 in the World and how much it would cost to get a course meal there, according to ValueChampion. You'll be surprised to find out that the price tag isn't always in correlation to its ranking.
Ultraviolet, China: $600*
*all prices are in USD, and per person
Don't worry, this isn't the starting price of the list, but the most expensive. Paul Pairet, revolutionary chef and founder of this world-class restaurant has created a self-proclaimed avant-garde set menu that promises to engage not just the sense of taste, but provide an all-rounded sensory experience focusing on atmosphere, scent and even emotion.
Amber, Hong Kong, China: $355
Located in the Mandarin Oriental, Amber's subtle style aims to provide nuanced, tactful meals that are detailed and delicious without unnecessary fanfare. Their culinary director, Richard Ekkebus, has a profound respect for traditions of cooks before him but innately possesses an innovative spirit, pushing both culinary boundaries and, by extension, the acclaim of this progressive restaurant.
Narisawa, Japan: $292
Europe-trained Chef Yoshihiro Narisawa has tasted success through a style of cuisine he coined called "Innovative Satoyama", which catapulted his restaurant to the fame it knows today. His careful use of mostly Japanese ingredients combined with his mastery in the kitchen results in dinner plates full of nature, culture, and the value of sustainability.
Lung King Heen, Hong Kong, China: $257
Another restaurant housed within hotel grounds (but this time the Four Seasons), Lung King Heen specializes in dim sum and has the special position of being the pioneer Chinese restaurant to attain an extraordinary 3-Michelin star status.
Nihonryori RyuGin, Japan: $243
RyuGin (whose name was inspired by an idiom from a book about zen) is owned by yet another Japanese chef who recognizes the value of his homeland and the rich ingredients it offers. Guided by the belief that genuinely understanding the depth of each authentic ingredient that passes their hands is what defines the very act of cooking, the warm meals created at this place are set to pierce our hearts.
Odette, Singapore: $239
One of the only two Singapore-based restaurants to make the top-100 list, Odette's commendation can be accredited to chef Julien Royer's dedication to serving the best modern French cuisine rooted in consciousness of seasonality, acquiring the finest produce, and ensuring that the ingredients' unadulterated quality shine through in their dishes.
Attica, Australia: $204
There are certain amuse bouches we're accustomed to seeing in a fine dining experience (think caviar or foie gras) – but Attica's brand strays away from that and gets nittier and grittier than the usual extravagant grub. Embracing an informal and more casual nature, they pride themselves on serving quality food and still maintaining an environment where their patrons can relax and get truly comfortable.
Gaggan, Thailand: $195
Starting with a 20-baht yoghurt, Chef Gaggan Anand created the now-famous yoghurt explosion in progressive Indian cuisine style, along with other dishes containing elements from diverse backgrounds that then won him several accolades. Perhaps a visit to this destination is in line soon – the acclaimed chef has decided to close Gaggan in 2020, despite all its current success.
Brae, Birregurra, Australia: $192
Brae sits exactly where you would expect – its name literally means "hillside", or otherwise a gentle slope. With an inconstant set menu, the ethical Australian cuisine offered by this restaurant flows with the seasons and features food from its own Brae Farm.
8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong, China: $192
The proud Italian chef of this renowned restaurant, Umberto Bombana, has earned himself the title of "Best Italian chef in Asia", and his creations are the best way he knows how to say he loves his country.
L'Effervescence, Tokyo, Japan: $180
With a philosophy deeply rooted in immersing food (and ourselves) amongst the blessings of nature, chef Shinobu Namae welcomes all who want to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Their renaissance menu is sure to provide much-needed respite to the hungry soul.
White Rabbit, Russia: $160
When restaurateur Boris Zarkov and chef Vladimir Mukhin joined hands, they evidently created ripples in the food industry with their White Rabbit venture featuring the best of Russian delicacy. They aren't afraid to take the classics, twist them, and produce dishes that have a mind-blowing effect while remaining profoundly respectful of traditions. Ever heard of veal tongue in ice cream?
Den, Japan: $135
The strong Japanese culture of hospitality shines through in chef Zaiyu Hasegawa's work. His goal of bringing about a smile in each of his customers led him to create modern kaiseki, in which intricate, ever-detailed dishes are presented playfully on the table to the delight of all within viewing distance (more so for those in tasting capacities).
Mingles, Seoul, Korea: $134
The style of 1-Michelin star Mingles is tantamount to its name; its tagline is "mingling contrasting elements into harmony". Baseline Korean traditions are mixed with European and Japanese techniques in this best-ranked restaurant of Seoul.
Sühring, Bangkok, Thailand: $132
The twin chefs behind Sühring (Thomas and Mathias) have fond childhood memories of their time in Germany and decided to grace the rest of the world with those memories translated into the best of German gastronomy. Centering themselves in the heart of Bangkok, they funnelled their experiences of working in the Netherlands, Italy and Thailand into creating a place that champions top-of-the-line dishes with central European inflections.
Twins Garden, Moscow, Russia: $128
Siblinghood seems to foster great chefs – this is the case (again) for the Berezutsky brothers, founders of the Twins restaurant, who adopt a farm-to-table concept also reflected in the strategic naming of "Garden". The Twins Garden Farm cultivates almost all of the produce (from vegetables to poultry to cheese) that arrives in the kitchen.
Florilège, Tokyo, Japan: $117
Chef Hiroyasu Kawate combines French cooking with Japanese ingredients like no other – having spent his fateful novice cooking days in Paris, his dishes are exotic and original and promise to satisfy even the most skeptical of purists.
Selfie, Moscow, Russia: $88
The White Rabbit team (mentioned above) struck again with this Moscow-based restaurant, this time headlining traditional Russian cuisine with Asian influences, and most of the ingredients are sourced from Russia itself. According to the Chef Mukhin, this is a conscious choice in recognition of the times in his country – "people are in a more patriotic mood", he claims, and our stomachs are the better for it.
Nahm, Thailand: $84
2019 marks the second consecutive year that Nahm holds a Michelin star, and for good reason. The contemporary times have been kind to the gastronomical endeavours of chef Pim Techamuanvivit, as people are loving her take on traditional Thai food in all its modern glory.
Mikla, Turkey: $65
This elegant restaurant is the result of the genius of chef-owner Mehmet Gürs, who brought along his Turkish-Scandinavian background to pioneer a now world-renowned restaurant in Istanbul. Residing atop The Marmara Pera hotel, guests can enjoy a rooftop meal with the visionary works of Turkish cuisine.
Indian Accent, New Delhi, India: $59
Worldly knowledge comes in handy in the realm of cooking, and this is especially true for the food from Indian Accent. We love our Indian food, but here they do Indian grub with global ingredients and inventive styles inspired by chef counterparts from around the world. All we have to do is enjoy the fusion.
Burnt Ends, Singapore: $55
Last is not least in this list – this Australian barbecue restaurant is the other eatery in the top 100 to reside in our humble shores. Lucky for us, because we only have to hop down to the area near Chinatown to have our fill of their smokey roasts.