Asia's food scene has finally grown up and gone global. New Delhi now is filled with splashy, extravagant dining spots like Smokehouse Grill -- more about unique combinations of smoked cheeses than grilling -- that cater to the country's new breed of wealthier diners. Kuala Lumpur sports a range of restaurants offering amazing authentic cuisine from elsewhere in the region like Sao Nam, a Vietnamese eatery begun by a Malaysian-Chinese advertising man who imported chefs from Vietnam.
Local chefs around the region have also become more daring with their dishes. Beijing now boasts restaurants from Italian to Korean -- enough for its own food Olympics. Shanghai and Singapore are home to praiseworthy French bistros. But there are many unsung chefs and hidden dining treasures -- big and small, fancy and simple -- to discover.