Independent restaurant guide in Asia

Welcome to the Topic Asia Restaurant Guide, an independent guide to Asia’s culinary paradise.

Choosing a restaurant is often hit or miss and we rely mainly on word of mouth to narrow down our choice. This guide is an attempt to separate the wheat from the chaff and is based on recommendations from friends and friends of friends who live and work in Asia, as well as readers of this online magazine.

The idea behind this guide is to give you, the reader and lover of food, a quick reference to some of the best restaurants in Asia and to get your recommendations. At the end of the day after all is said and done, it is your recommendations that will make this guide possible.

The choice of restaurants in Asia is vast and this guide will attempt to bring some of the best ones to your notice. This guide will be added to over time and very much relies on you, to give us feedback when you have dined at an exceptional or favourite restaurant you think we should know about.

To help you evaluate the restaurants before you go, important if you are on holiday or a short business trip, the guide has a point system, which is applied to all restaurants that have been visited in the past year. Otherwise, they are not rated.

Each restaurant is given a score out of 10 for FOOD and PRESENTATION, a score out of 10 for SERVICE (including whether or not you are greeted by the Owner or Executive Chef) and a score out of 10 for DECOR, AMBIENCE and SCENIC VIEWS, if any.

Rating for ALL categories is out of 10:

Outstanding 10
Excellent 9-8

Very Good 7-6
Good 5
Satisfactory 4

Our higest score is 10

For a restaurant to attain 10 points it would have to have maintained the score of 9 for at least 1 year.

For restaurants that have been recommended to this guide, but have not been rated yet, you will see the letters TBR (To Be Rated) against the name.

One last thing…value for money.

The restaurants in this guide range from the middle to the top end of the price range. This is because they satisfy what is expected of a good restaurant.

Consistency in a restaurant is important, especially, when one is a regular visitor to a country. Restaurants and particularly Executive Chefs come and go. Because of this only the long staying favourites, guaranteed to be there the next time you visit, have been included.

This guide will be added to over time as new restaurants are discovered and others are added that were missed before.

Your comments and above all your recommendations are welcome.

Cheers and Bon Appetit.