For the first time ever, a Malaysian eatery has made it to the prestigious list of Asia's 50 Best Restaurants.

Despite being a food paradise, Malaysia has rarely got international recognition for its food scene, probably because the fine dining in the country isn't as developed or as highly marketed as the gastronomic scene in places like Singapore, Thailand or Hong Kong.

But, Malaysia has finally broken its duck and the restaurant to do it is none other than Dewakan, a fine dining Malaysian restaurant tucked in KDU University College's campus in Shah Alam.

The restaurant's name comes from the words words 'Dewa' and 'Makan', which the restaurant says is meant to mean 'food from God'. And its menu does indeed sound heavenly, with dishes like prawns warmed in starfruit juice with herbs; temuan chocolate with jaggery ice cream, and goat tartare.

Dewakan was started as an entrepreneurial effort by the KDU University College and is helmed by Chef Darren Teoh, a former culinary lecturer who loves preparing delicious Malaysian dishes with his own unique twist.

The chef uses our country's indigenous ingredients to prepare a one-of-a-kind Malaysian cuisines to the diners. Check out his amazing work of arts here:


However, it is our eternal rivals that have come out tops in the list overall, with Singaporean restaurant Odette being named the best food destination in Asia. Odette dethroned Bangkok's legendary Indian restaurant, Gaggan, which had been named the best restaurant in Asia for four straight years.

The 50 best restaurants list is selected by a panel of 318 people, which include food writers, critics, chefs, restaurateurs and foodies across Asia.

These are 2019's 50 best restaurants in Asia:

  1. Odette – Singapore
  2. Gaggan – Bangkok, Thailand
  3. Den – Tokyo, Japan
  4. Sühring – Bangkok, Thailand
  5. Florilège – Tokyo, Japan
  6. Ultraviolet – Shanghai, China
  7. Mume - Taipei, Taiwan
  8. Narisawa – Tokyo, Japan
  9. Nihonryori Ryugin – Tokyo, Japan
  10. Burnt Ends – Singapore
  11. The Chairman – Hong Kong
  12. Otto e Mezzo – Hong Kong
  13. Mingles – Seoul, South Korea
  14. La Cime – Osaka, Japan
  15. Belon – Hong Kong
  16. Gaa – Bangkok, Thailand
  17. Indian Accent – New Delhi, India
  18. Il Ristorante – Luca Fantin – Tokyo, Japan
  19. Bo.Lan – Bangkok, Thailand
  20. Le Du – Bangkok, Thailand
  21. Amber – Hong Kong
  22. Nahm – Bangkok, Thailand
  23. Sazenka – Tokyo
  24. La Maison de la Naure Goh – Fukuoka, Japan
  25. Sushi Saito – Tokyo, Japan
  26. L’Effervescence – Tokyo, Japan
  27. Jade Dragon – Macau, China
  28. Paste – Bangkok, Thailand
  29. Fu He Hui – Shanghai, China
  30. Raw – Taipei, Taiwan
  31. Shoun RyuGin – Taipei, Taiwan
  32. Jaan – Singapore
  33. Les Amis – Singapore
  34. Vea – Hong Kong
  35. Ministry of Crab – Sri Lanka
  36. Wing Lei Palace – Macau
  37. Neighborhood – Hong Kong
  38. Lung King Heen – Hong Kong
  39. Nouri – Singapore
  40. Waku Ghin – Singapore
  41. Toc Toc – Seoul, South Korea
  42. Locavore – Bali, Indonesia
  43. Toyo Eatery – Manila, Philippines
  44. Seventh Son – Hong Kong
  45. Quintessence – Tokyo, Japan
  46. Dewakan – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  47. Sugalabo – Tokyo, Japan
  48. Sorn – Bangkok, Thailand
  49. Corner House – Singapore
  50. Ta Vie – Hong Kong

Source: Bloomberg and TheWorlds50Best
Image credit: Dewakan