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Asia's Hottest Tables


T+L picks some of the region’s most notable restaurants. By JENNIFER CHEN

Published on Apr 1, 2010

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Siem Reap
is burnishing its reputation as one Southeast Asia’s hippest small towns with the opening of Nest Angkor. Co-owner Joseph Polito, the man behind style icons like Hotel de la Paix and Nest Bangkok, designed the café–restaurant to feel like the patio of a chic private home, with intimate, candlelit daybeds tucked away in a lush tropical garden. Under a canvas-tented roof, guests can choose from an expansive cocktail menu that claims to be one of the region’s best, while sampling dishes that blend Mediterranean and Asian flavors and listening to DJ-spun ambient tunes.

Sivatha Boulevard, +855-63 966 381,

Located on the 4th floor of Le Méridien Bangkok, the jazzy, lounge-style Bamboo Chic restaurant is a standout among the city’s many pan-Asian eateries. Chef Kunihiko Hamada serves up Japanese and Chinese food with a modern twist; must-try dishes include the blanched oysters marinated in ponzu sauce; black cod roasted with Chinese five-spice, wrapped in grilled spring onions; and the rock lobster–mango–avocado roll. Diners can order half-portions — the perfect solution for trying a variety of dishes.

4th floor, Le Méridien Bangkok, 40/5 Surawong Road, + 66 2232 8888

The first foray outside of Singapore by Les Amis, Cépage is a swish eatery helmed by Thomas Mayr, the former head chef of the group’s flagship restaurant. The menu reflects Mayr’s long-held fascination with all things Japanese, ingredients such as Kagoshima beef, kobu and Japanese organic eggs make appearances. Well-executed dishes such as char-grilled prime rib and braised beef cheeks show off his French-trained finesse. Skip the sweets and head straight for the plate of French farm cheeses.

23 Wing Fung St., Wanchai, +852 2861 3130

New York–based chef Laurent Tourondel brings his winning take on the American steakhouse to Asia at BLT Steak, a cozy, brick-lined bistro. In a city already awash in red meat, Tourondel deploys Gallic fl air on top-quality, well-aged U.S. and Australian beef. The menu does offer fowl and fish, including some Cantonese-inflected dishes. Take it from us: stick to the meat and all-American sides such as creamed spinach and mashed potatoes laced with jalapeños, and save room for the lemon meringue pie.

Shop G62, ground floor, Ocean Terminal, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 2730 3508

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