Dewakan is the first Malaysian restaurant to make it on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants


By Rachel Au

Dewakan is the first Malaysian restaurant to make it on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants

Darren Teoh is one of the most notable chefs in Malaysia, and with good reason too. Dewakan‘s constant ability to impress with every visit is proof of that. And now, that ability has finally awarded it a spot on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list.

The 2019 awards ceremony that took place in Macau last night revealed Dewakan to be placed 46th while simultaneously bagging the Best Restaurant in Malaysia title.




For the unfamiliar, Dewakan first opened in 2015 and received its name from the words “dewa” and “makan”, which means “god” and “food”. What makes the restaurant a favourite go-to for authentic Malaysian cuisine is Teoh’s passion and belief in indigenous local ingredients and maximising those flavours; the result is a unique Malaysian identity in the culinary world. For example, he would use ingredients such as ulam raja, bunga kantan, kulim and other local organic vegetables.

dishes at Dewakan

Meanwhile, strong contenders Odette of Singapore and Gaggan of Bangkok respectively took the No. 1  and 2 spot. Both restaurants, as well as Tokyo’s Den, made it to the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2018, with Gaggan taking the title of Best Restaurant in Asia. It’ll be interesting to see how the list will turn out this year.

Here, now, the full list of winners for Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019:

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

Coming up: The World’s 50 Best Restaurants of 2019.



Lower Ground Floor

KDU University College, Utropolis Glenmarie

Jalan Kontraktor U1/14, Seksyen U1,

40150 Shah Alam, Selangor

Opens for dinner from 6.30pm to 10pm, Monday to Saturday.

Telephone: 03-5565 0767

For bookings, email [email protected] or make a reservation at the website.

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For more info, visit the official website for Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.



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