Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2020

Asia’s Top 50 Restaurants (8th Edition) as per ChannelNewsAsia’s article today.

  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, Seoul
  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

The event was live-streamed across Asia today, as COVID-19 travel restrictions made it impossible for the recipients to travel to Japan, where the ceremony was originally slated to be held.


Looking down that list Shanghai and Taichung are the only places I haven’t been too. I’ve not eaten at any of the restaurants listed but it has made me realise how incredibly privileged I’ve been to see so many places.


What’s keeping you, Chris? Go, when this COVID-19 is over.

Bangkok’s Gaggan, which topped the list in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018, closed down in Aug 24, 2019 after part-owner/chef Gaggan Anand parted ways with the other shareholders:

Same, been to none of the restaurants. Out of these 16 cities, I’ve been to only 9 of them. Strange, nothing in Malaysia, Vietnam or Cambodia and no other cities than Shanghai in China.

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Wow, The Chairman jumped to #2

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Has anyone been to Vietnam yet?

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Asia’s Best 50 list, like its global counterpart, World’s Best 50 Restaurants, have always been pretty subjective. Intense lobbying by the F&B industry in each country, so who shouted the loudest get heard.

Malaysia had one in last year’s list: Dewakan which debuted at No. 46, but it’s dropped off.


Many people would have. But to make the list, members of Vietnam’s F&B fraternity need to lobby for attention from the partnership that organises this.

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