Asia’s fifty top restaurants are about to be unveiled on the 27th of March in a gastronomy extravaganza hosted in Macoa.
The event is organized by William Reed Business Media and the shortlist is created by Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy. To win this acclaim, it isn’t entirely clear what restaurants have to provide. The winners are those who receive votes from 300 especially picked delegates who are chefs, food critics, and restaurant industry pro’s. There are no specific criteria the restaurants have to meet, and no particular dishes they have to serve. The title of ‘best’ is therefore quite subjective. There is however certain elements that can help a restaurant win that commendation. We are going to look at these in no particular order.
Location – where a restaurant is can have a huge impact on if it is considered among the best. If a restaurant is situated in an up and coming area with a Buzz it is likely to be more successful. Equally if there is a beautiful view of the ocean, or of nature, a restaurant is more likely to leave a lasting impression on its’ visitors. This brings us on nicely to the next point…
Reputation – is everything. In a digital age, diners of all ages are likely to leave their comment on a restaurant. Whether that is through Trip Advisor, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. People like to photograph their food, and critique it loudly. Therefore there is even more pressure on restaurants to ensure things look great, taste great, and deliver a great service.
Staff – who serves the food and the drinks can have a huge impact on diner’s views. If you get a smiley, happy waiter who is eager to please you are more likely to relish your restaurant experience. Staff that work well together will also ensure that the diner’s experience is smooth and enjoyable.
Atmosphere – this links all of the other points together. It is about décor, staff, location, and food. What music is playing can either adversely or positively affect your experience in an eatery. Not only the sounds, but the smells, the colours and the lights, all adds to that special experience of a fine dinner.
Value for money – whatever your budget, as a diner you want to feel as though you are getting a little more than your money’s worth. When someone thinks of their favourite restaurant, how much the food costs compared to quality and quantity is usually a prime factor.
Décor – even if the food is beautiful, if the décor is dowdy your experience is going to be less special and perhaps not the best. You want the interior design of the restaurant to match the food you are eating; whether it is authentic Asian, Spanish, Indian, British or otherwise.
Creativity – this is the crux of it for many seasoned food critics. It is about taking the basic ingredients and elevating them to a new level in dishes that surprise and tantalize. Restaurants who have chefs that innovate are always the ones who make it on to the ‘best’ lists’. Pure and simple.
Getting the basics right – whilst creativity is important, nailing the basics of cooking is imperative. There is no point serving a delicious curry if the rice is under or overcooked.
We wish all of the restaurants in the running for the awards the very best of luck. Get these elements down and you are sure to have success and become the best.