Prior to the top 50 announcement on March 29, the extended list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants features The Table and several other fine dine options across India
The pandemic took a lot away from the food and beverage industry. One of the more significant things being The World’s 50 Best events.
Post a two-year release of virtual rankings, they’re back with the much anticipated annual ranking of restaurants. Ahead of the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants for 2022 announcement on March 29, an extended list of 51 to 100 restaurants is now out! Spotlighting Asia’s hottest gastronomic destinations across 12 countries, the list this year includes 25 first-time entries. Of which are seven Indian restaurants, including The Table.
“I don’t know what changed in the last two years, honestly,” says Gauri Devidayal, Co-Founder of The Table. Working alongside husband Jay Yousuf, the team has consistently delivered ingredient-forward cuisine. Providing a true farm-to-table experience, much of the produce used comes from The Table Farm in Alibag. Since its inception in 2011, they’ve established themselves as a much loved fine-dining space in the heart of Colaba.
After some thought, Gauri acknowledges their consistency as a key factor in this win. “One of the things that people have always regarded us highly for is consistency and quality. Obviously the last two years were very bumpy. We were open very intermittently over the last two years, but people felt that nothing has changed and they value that a lot.”
Ranking at 85, this debut on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list comes a little after The Table’s 10th anniversary. Earning a spot on the prestigious list is a pipe dream for most fine-dine establishments. Already a renowned space in Mumbai, Gauri admits it’s an incredible feeling nonetheless.
Other Indian restaurants featured on the list are Vivanta’s elite diner Karavalli in Bangalore (No. 59), Bukhara in Delhi (No. 66), Comorin from Gurgaon making its debut as well (No. 69), Dum Pukht in Delhi (No. 73), Avartana in Chennai (No. 79), and Americano in Mumbai (No. 80).
Anticipation is also running high for The Kolkata Connect in Bangkok. Helmed by Chef Gaggan Anand, they earned the Highest New Entry Award in 2021. His previous joint, Gaggan, had been voted No. 1 in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants a record four times from 2015-2018.
What makes this list especially gratifying to restaurants is the democratic process of selection. It’s quite literally a measure of customer satisfaction in the most rewarding way possible.
“It’s not like we had some great PR machinery working for us, this came as a complete surprise. It just shows that consistent hard work pays off. It isn’t the first time that The Table’s been recognized by way of awards, but it’s the equivalent of a Michelin star validation for us,” says Gauri.
One of the more incredible impacts of this win is the validation for their head chef. Coming from a small town in West Bengal with minimal social presence, he now has the opportunity to rub shoulders with the creme de la creme of the F&B industry. According to Gauri, that’s what is ‘truly something else’.
Aside from the extended list, three accolades including Asia’s Best Female Chef Award, Icon Award and American Express One To Watch Award were also announced. Japanese chef Natsuko Shoji of Été in Tokyo was awarded Asia’s best female chef, while Buddhist nun Jeong Kwan of Baekyangsa Temple in South Korea was celebrated as one of Asia’s culinary icons. Eat and Cook chefs Lee Zhe-xi and Soh Yong-zhi in Kuala Lumpur were recognised as ones to watch this year.
As the world waits for the big reveal, take the first step towards elevating your culinary journey with a visit to The Table.