Sühring restaurant in Bangkok has been named No.40 on the 2021 World's 50 Best Restaurants list, the highest entry from Thailand this year.
Celebrated last week in Antwerp, Belgium, the annual World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards ceremony saw restaurants from 26 countries across five continents in its selection.
Chef-patron René Redzepi of Noma in Copenhagen, Denmark, took home double top honours for World's Best Restaurant and Best Restaurant in Europe.
Noma's accolade is a testament to its unerring focus on unusual seasonal ingredients. Produce -- seafood in the winter, vegetables in the summer, and game and forest elements in the autumn -- is foraged locally and presented on the plate in complex ways.
Rounding out the top three were Geranium (No.2), also in Copenhagen, and Asador Etxebarri (No.3) in Atxondo, Spain.
Thomas and Mathias Sühring.
The Bangkok-based Sühring, located in the Yen Akat neighbourhood, jumped from No.45 last year.
The five-year-old restaurant is owned and run by twin chefs Thomas and Mathias Sühring to showcase innovative German cuisine inspired by their family's farmstead recipes. The fare is upgraded to the level of haute cuisine, combining the essence of traditional dishes with contemporary Central European influences.
Thailand made the top five in 2018 (No.5) and 2019 (No.4) with Gaggan restaurant. The progressive Indian cuisine establishment, which is now closed, was also named Asia's Best Restaurant from 2014 to 2019.
Its Kolkata-born chef-patron Gaggan Anand now runs Gaggan Anand in Sukhumvit 31.
Other local restaurants that made the World's Best list for 2021 are Sorn, a southern Thai fine dining restaurant, at No 63; Le Du, a Thai-inspired modern eatery, at No.72; and Gaa, a contemporary Indian restaurant, at No.93.
The annual list is created from votes of the World's 50 Best Restaurants Academy, a group of more than 1,000 independent authorities in the world of gastronomy, from renowned international chefs and food journalists to travelling gastronomes.
To counter the restrictions on international travel and limited dining opportunities of the last year, the 2021 list was created from a combination of votes cast in January 2020, which have never been published, and another vote in March.
For the full list, visit theworlds50best.com.