Credit by SCMP | Signature heirloom beetroot dish at Odette, Julien Royer’s two-Michelin-star French restaurant in Singapore.
[REVELAED] Asia's 50 Best Restaurant List
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[REVELAED] Asia's 50 Best Restaurant List

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’s Den

Odette is No. 1 on the list of Asia’s Best Restaurants. Image: Odette [official]
Odette is No. 1 on the list of Asia’s Best Restaurants. Image: Odette [official]

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.” 

William Drew (left) with Chef Julien Royer of Odette at the 2019 ceremony in Macau. Image: ABS-CBN
William Drew (left) with Chef Julien Royer of Odette at the 2019 ceremony in Macau. Image: ABS-CBN

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).

A delicate Lemon Tart served at Odette. Image: ABS-CBN
A delicate Lemon Tart served at Odette. Image: ABS-CBN

Here, the full list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants:

  1. Odette, Singapore
  2. The Chairman, Hong Kong
  3. Den, Tokyo
  4. Belon, Hong Kong
  5. Burnt Ends, Singapore
  6. Suhring, Bangkok
  7. Florilege, Tokyo
  8. Le Du, Bangkok
  9. Narisawa, Tokyo
  10. La Cime, Osaka
  11. Les Amis, Singapore
  12. Vea, Hong Kong
  13. Indian Accent, New Delhi
  14. Mingles, Seoul
  15. Gaa, Bangkok
  16. Sorn, Bangkok
  17. Il Ristorante Luca Fantin, Tokyo
  18. Mume, Taipei
  19. Neighborhood, Hong Kong
  20. Fu He Hui, Shanghai
  21. Jaan by Kirk Westaway, Singapore
  22. Wing Lei Palace, Macau
  23. Sichuan Moon, Macau
  24. Nihonryori Ryugin, Tokyo
  25. Seventh Son, Hong Kong
  26. JL Studio, Taichung
  27. Toctoc, Seou
  28. Zen, Singapore
  29. Sazenka, Tokyo
  30. Ministry of Crab, Colombo
  31. Amber, Hong Kong
  32. 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong
  33. Lung King Heen, Hong Kong
  34. Hansikganggan, Seoul
  35. Ode, Tokyo
  36. Raw, Taipei
  37. Locavore, Bali
  38. Paste, Bangkok
  39. Bo.lan, Bangkok
  40. La Maison de la Nature Goh, Fukuoka
  41. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai
  42. Corner House, Singapore
  43. Shoun RyuGin, Taipei
  44. Toyo Eatery, Manila
  45. Bukhara, New Delhi
  46. Sushi Saito, Tokyo
  47. 80/20, Bangkok
  48. L’Effervescence, Tokyo
  49. Inua, Tokyo
  50. Nouri, Singapore

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