3 Taiwan restaurants named Asia's 50 Best in foodie Oscars

Three fine dining establishments in Taipei and another in Taichung have been recognized for their excellence

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The photo shows a dish at RyuGin Taipei  (Photo provided by RedLeo Lin)
The photo shows a dish at RAW (Photo provided by RedLeo Lin)
The photo shows a dish at RAW (Photo provided by RedLeo Lin)
The photo shows a dish at RyuGin (Photo provided by RedLeo Lin)

The photo shows a dish at RyuGin Taipei (Photo provided by RedLeo Lin)

The photo shows a dish at RAW (Photo provided by RedLeo Lin)

The photo shows a dish at RAW (Photo provided by RedLeo Lin)

The photo shows a dish at RyuGin (Photo provided by RedLeo Lin)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Three restaurants based in Taipei have been recognized as among the top 50 in Asia, while a Taichung restaurant was dubbed "One to Watch," by awards organizer William Reed Business Media.

Odette in Singapore took the number one spot, followed by Gaggan in Bangkok, and Den in Tokyo.

The contemporary European-style restaurant MUME, in Taipei's Da'an district, clinched the No. 7 spot. Also listed among the 50 Best Restaurants were the award-winning RAW, in 30th place, owned by acclaimed Taiwanese chef Andre Chiang (江振誠), followed by Japanese restaurant RyuGin Taipei (31).

Both MUME and RyuGin Taipei were named among the 1,000 best restaurants in the world by the French food guide La Liste 2019.

According to the Michelin Guide, the Michelin-starred MUME serves dishes rich in fresh herbs and flowers in a "dimly-lit faux-industrial interior." It offers an a-la-carte menu, with a minimum charge of NT$1,500 (US$50) per guest.

The Michelin-starred Raw provides an 8-course prix-fixe menu of Taiwanese cuisine that is influenced by street food, at its futuristic Weijenberg interior-designed restaurant. Each set menu is priced between NT$1,500 and above. All prices include a 10% service charge.

The photo shows the interiors of RAW (Photo courtesy of RedLeo Lin)

Located in Zhongshan district, near the Miramar Ferris Wheel, the Michelin-starred Japanese restaurant RyuGin Taipei is a sister restaurant to RyuGin Japan, based in Tokyo. Each set menu is priced at NT$6,500 (US$210). All prices include a 10%-15% service charge.

The contemporary Singaporean-style restaurant JL Studio in Taichung is the only Asian restaurant listed in "One to Watch" for 2019.

Dubbed the “foodie Oscars,” Asia's 50 Best Restaurants list is published by William Reed Business Media, which also publishes The World's 50 Best Restaurants, launched in 2002, and Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants, launched in 2013.

The full list of the Best 50 in Asia are as follows:

  1. Odette, Singapore
  2. Gaggan, Bangkok
  3. Den, Tokyo
  4. Sühring, Bangkok
  5. Florilege, Tokyo
  6. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai
  7. MUME , Taipei
  8. Narisawa, Tokyo
  9. Nihonryori Ryugin, Tokyo
  10. Burnt Ends, Singapore
  11. The Chairman, Hong Kong
  12. 8 12 Otto e Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong
  13. Mingles, Seoul
  14. La Cime, Osaka
  15. Belon, Hong Kong
  16. Gaa, Bangkok
  17. Indian Accent, New Delhi
  18. Il Ristorante Luca Fantin, Tokyo
  19. Bo.Lan, Bangkok
  20. Le Du, Bangkok
  21. Amber, Hong Kong
  22. Nahm, Bangkok
  23. Sazenka, Tokyo
  24. La Maison de la Nature Goh, Fukuoka, Japan
  25. Sushi Saito, Tokyo
  26. L’Effervescence, Tokyo
  27. Jade Dragon, Macao
  28. Paste, Bangkok
  29. Fu He Hui, Shanghai
  30. Raw, Taipei
  31. Shoun Ryugin, Taipei
  32. Jaan, Singapore
  33. Les Amis, Singapore
  34. Vea, Hong Kong
  35. Ministry of Crab, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  36. Wing Lei Palace, Macao
  37. Neighborhood, Hong Kong
  38. Lung King Heen, Hong Kong
  39. Nouri, Singapore
  40. Waku Ghin, Singapore
  41. Toctoc, Seoul
  42. Locavore, Bali, Indonesia
  43. Toyo Eatery, Manila
  44. Seventh Son, Hong Kong
  45. Quintessence, Tokyo
  46. Dewakan, Kuala Lumpur
  47. Sugalabo, Tokyo
  48. Sorn, Bangkok
  49. Corner House, Singapore
  50. Ta Vie, Hong Kong