Kingfisher Unawatuna rated among Asia’s best

Kingfisher Unawatuna has been rated among Asia’s best restaurants, in a survey carried out by a U.S.-based food website The Daily Meal, which does similar polls in the United States and Europe.

The website has rated 101 restaurants in Asia and Kingfisher Unawatuna has been placed as the 25th best in Asia.

The best restaurant is Din Tai Fung in Taipei, Taiwan while restaurants from Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam — plus Hong Kong and Macau have also been listed. China has the most entries, 28 in all, The Daily Meal said.

“In choosing our 101 best, we called upon more than 50 experts who either live in Asia or spend time there frequently — restaurant critics, food and lifestyle writers, and bloggers with wide restaurant-going experience — supplemented by The Daily Meal’s well-traveled editorial staff, and asked them to help nominate a short list of 202 places, then evaluate the selection and vote for their favorites, country by country,” The Daily Meal said.

The Daily Meal says the dining options in Asia today are seemingly endless, from street carts to night markets to cosmopolitan cafés to the domains of European and American celebrity chefs. This has by no means always been true. Sushi bars, for instance, barely existed before the 1920s, and really became ubiquitous around Japan — and then around the rest of Asia and the world — only after refrigerated shipping became common in the last third of the 20th century, allowing fresh fish of sushi quality to be sold almost everywhere.

It says that in most Asian countries, in fact, there isn’t a long tradition of restaurants in the modern Western sense — which, among other things, helps explain why there are so many European or fusion places on our list. Another factor, though, has been the rise of the so-called Four Asian Tigers — Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan — whose economies skyrocketed in the latter half of the 20th century, and the increasing Westernization (and accumulation of private wealth) in China, all of which helped create a customer base for restaurants offering sophisticated French or Italian dining. At the same time, provincial, often humble mom-and-pop places remain the norm in vast parts of Asia, and continue to provide some of the best food and most authentic flavors of their regions.   (Colombo Gazette)