Eat and Cook in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is the 2022 recipient of the prized American Express One To Watch Award. Selected by the organisers of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants in collaboration with its regional experts, the American Express One To Watch Award recognises a restaurant considered to be a rising star of the region and aims to celebrate gastronomic excellence, innovation and potential.
Eat and Cook was born out of adversity. During the height of the COVID pandemic, chefs Lee Zhe Xi and Soh Yong Zhi lost their respective jobs as hotel chefs. Turning misfortune into a moment of opportunity, the pair pursued their passion project: to create an omakase-style restaurant serving modern interpretations of classic Malaysian dishes.
At Eat and Cook, Lee and Soh present ingredient-driven seasonal tasting menus that expand the possibilities of Malaysian cooking. In keeping with the omakase tradition, the menu changes daily according to the availability and quality of local produce. While honouring authentic Malaysian flavours, each dish is distinguished by the chefs’ technical mastery, creative ambition and deep respect for their culinary heritage.
The achievements of Eat and Cook’s inspiring chefs will be celebrated as part of the ceremony for Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022 on 29th March, which will be broadcast to a global audience via Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Facebook and the 50 Best Restaurants TV YouTube channel. To mark the occasion, 50 Best will also host physical events in Bangkok, Tokyo and Macau, giving gastronomic communities the opportunity to celebrate in person.
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