The restaurant ranking group behind the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list released its annual list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. For the second year running, Singapore restaurant Odette took the No. 1 spot during a virtual announcement that replaced the usual awards ceremony.
Singapore’s Odette retained its No.1 position for a second straight year, ahead of The Chairman in Hong Kong and Tokyo’sDen.
The Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants ceremony, originally planned for a gala event in Saga prefecture in Japan, was canceled in late February due to the spread of COVID-19.In its place there would simply be a pre-recorded video streamed online.
The 40-minute broadcast was preceded by a short statement from William Drew, Director of Content for Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, in which he acknowledged the wider context for the event.
William Drew, Director of Content for Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, shared as quoted by ABS-CBN,“We are, of course, experiencing unprecedented times both in the restaurant sector and across Asia as a whole."
"It is therefore more important than ever to support restaurants all over the continent in their recovery, to recognise each other’s achievements over the last 12 months and broadcast a message of solidarity.”
In a video message, Drew reiterated, “This announcement is not a celebration. The objective is one of recognition. At this time, more than ever, the restaurant sector needs support: recognising the hard work and talent of teams and individuals remains valid; showing a sense of community and mutual respect also feels important.”
This year’s 50 Best list was again heavily weighted towards the continent’s four powerhouses: Japan, with 12 restaurants, China, with 12 restaurants (including eight in Hong Kong and two in Macau); and seven each in Thailand and Singapore. Also represented were Taiwan (four), South Korea (three), India (two) and Sri Lanka, Indonesia and the Philippines (with one each).
Here, the full list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants:
The Chairman, Hong Kong
Belon, Hong Kong
Burnt Ends, Singapore
Le Du, Bangkok
La Cime, Osaka
Les Amis, Singapore
Vea, Hong Kong
Indian Accent, New Delhi
Il Ristorante Luca Fantin, Tokyo
Neighborhood, Hong Kong
Fu He Hui, Shanghai
Jaan by Kirk Westaway, Singapore
Wing Lei Palace, Macau
Sichuan Moon, Macau
Nihonryori Ryugin, Tokyo
Seventh Son, Hong Kong
JL Studio, Taichung
Ministry of Crab, Colombo
Amber, Hong Kong
8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong
Lung King Heen, Hong Kong
La Maison de la Nature Goh, Fukuoka
Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai
Corner House, Singapore
Shoun RyuGin, Taipei
Toyo Eatery, Manila
Bukhara, New Delhi
Sushi Saito, Tokyo
Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2020 [Official]