Eat Me moves up the rankings at Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016

We’ll be cracking open some nice bottles of bubbly and downing a cocktail or two at Eat Me tonight. We’re celebrating the restaurant’s 18th anniversary and we think we have a few good reasons to celebrate.

It was way back on the 19th May 1998 that we opened the doors, after my sister and business partner Cherie and I had spent a year developing the restaurant.

It’s been a fantastic 18 years and the last 12 months have been particularly action packed here at Eat Me, from winning a Wine Spectator award in 2015 to a few treasured restaurant awards.

This year Eat Me moved up the rankings of the San Pellegrino and Acqua Panna 2016 Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, announced in Bangkok in February. We went up from the 25th place to the 23rd in an increasingly star-studded restaurant line-up. We popped a few bottles of bubbles that night.

We were also pleased to see our friends in Bangkok move up the list. Chef Ian Kittichai’s Issaya Siamese Club moved up a whopping 20 spots to #19, David Thompson’s Nahm landed at #8, and Gaggan remained at #1.

In doing so, Gaggan not only became the Best Restaurant in Thailand, but also the Best Restaurant in Asia, while the legendary David Thompson won a Lifetime Achievement Award, for his incredible contribution to Thai cuisine.

But it wasn’t just about winning the awards. It was great to have the event in Bangkok this year. It was so much fun. The House at The W Hotel did such a brilliant job with the pre- and post-awards parties and Sarah Kittichai hosted a wonderful garden party at Issaya.

We were also pretty chuffed to be included in BK’s Top Tables Bangkok 2016 guide at #7, announced at another cool party at Sing Sing Theatre in March.

And once again, our joy wasn’t only about Eat Me. We were thrilled to see some incredible Bangkok restaurants on that list, from Appia at #7 to Bo.lan at #9, and our neighbour, just down the road here in Silom, Le Du at #10.

Such outstanding restaurants just go to show that Bangkok continues to be a global gastronomic capital and the city’s restaurants are just as big a draw for visitors as the shimmering temples and shopping malls.

While our street food is still the main attraction for many international foodies – and we agree that it’s some of the world’s best – we think that Bangkok’s best restaurants offer a very special dining experience that can’t be had from a plastic stool.

I’m going to make sure there’s some bubbly on ice…

Darren x