This year’s list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants features restaurants from 19 cities which includes seven new entries.
- A fixture on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants lists since 2017, Bangkok’s Le Du climbs to the top spot to be awarded The Best Restaurant in Asia, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna
- Singapore and Bangkok both count the highest number of entries on the list at nine restaurants each
- Moving up an impressive 29 spots is Labyrinth (No.11) in Singapore, which wins the Highest Climber Award
- Debuting on the list at No.30, Avartana in Chennai claims the Highest New Entry Award, sponsored by Aspire Lifestyles
- Manila’s Toyo Eatery (No.42) wins the Flor de Caña Sustainable Restaurant Award
- Zén (No.21) in Singapore is this year’s Gin Mare Art of Hospitality Award recipient
- Louisa Lim from Odette (No.6) in Singapore earns the title of Asia’s Best Pastry Chef, sponsored by Valrhona
- Della Tang of Ensue (No.31) in Shenzhen wins the inaugural Beronia Asia’s Best Sommelier Award
- Hiroyasu Kawate of Tokyo’s Florilège (No.7) takes home the peer-voted Inedit Damm Chefs’ Choice Award
For the full 1-50 list, please refer to the accompanying document or scroll to the bottom of this release.
SINGAPORE, March 28, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Le Du in Bangkok has secured the coveted No.1 spot at Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, announced at a live awards ceremony which took place today in Singapore. Hosted in collaboration with destination partner Singapore Tourism Board, this is the first full-scale gathering of the region’s gastronomic community since 2019.
Created from the votes of the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an influential gender-balanced group of more than 300 leaders made up of food writers and critics, chefs, restaurateurs and regional culinary experts, this year’s list includes restaurants from 19 cities across the region, and these include seven new entries and a further eight re-entries.
Le Du, which has remained consistently on the list since 2017, is named The Best Restaurant in Asia, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna. Under the tutelage of dynamic young chef Thitid ‘Ton’ Tassanakajohn, the restaurant presents a modern take on refined Thai food interpreted through a French-leaning lens. Its menus champion the use of seasonal and local ingredients and the steadfast belief in the superiority of Thai produce.
Bangkok is represented by a total of nine restaurants on the list, among which Nusara, also helmed by Le Du’s Chef Ton, places No.3. Gaggan Anand re-enters the rankings at No.5, along with restaurants Sorn (No.9), Sühring (No.22) and Raan Jay Fai (No.38). Potong and Baan Tepa, both led by female chefs, debut at No.35 and No.46 respectively. Other new entrants are Gaggan Anand’s Mexican-Indian eatery Ms. Maria & Mr. Singh at No.33.
Singapore’s restaurants also hold nine coveted spots, with Odette leading the charge at No.6. A timeless fine-dining destination helmed by chef Julien Royer, the restaurant has been a regular feature in the top ten rankings since 2017. Marking a double win for the restaurant is pastry chef Louisa Lim, who brings home the Asia’s Best Pastry Chef Award, sponsored by Valrhona. Her imaginative confections, which exude a delicate harmony of flavours, are a significant draw to the Odette experience. Rising up an impressive 29 spots, LG Han’s ‘new Singaporean’ dining destination Labyrinth (No.11) wins the Highest Climber Award. Meta places at No.17 on the list, and taking up four straight spots, are Burnt Ends (No.24), Euphoria (No.25), Cloudstreet (No.26) and Les Amis (No.27). Meanwhile Zén (No.21), with its beautifully executed immersive neo-Nordic culinary experience, takes home the Gin Mare Art of Hospitality Award, and new entry, Born, makes its mark at No.36.
Tokyo is represented by seven spots on the list. Sézanne, at No.2, climbs up an impressive 15 places. Den, which was named The Best Restaurant in Asia last year, places No.4 in the ranking. At No.7 is Florilège, whose chef-owner Hiroyasu Kawate also wins the peer-voted Inedit Damm Chefs’ Choice Award. Narisawa (No.10) celebrates being on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list for 11 consecutive editions since it debuted at No.1 back in 2013, and Sazenka follows at No.12. Ode sits at No.20 and L’Effervescence, whose executive chef Shinobu Namae was awarded the Icon Award, sits at No.44.
The Chairman (No.13) leads the five restaurants from Hong Kong, with Neighbourhood (No.29), Wing (No.37), Mono (No.41) and Caprice (No.49) all returning favourites on the list. Seoul has four spots on the list amongst which Chef Sung Ahn’s Mosu, with its innovative contemporary cuisine, leads by climbing up twelve spots to No.15, and Onjium ascends seven spots to No.23. They are followed by Mingles (No.28) and Born & Bred (No.47).
Shanghai and Macau are represented by two spots each. In the former, haute vegetarian restaurant Fu He Hui is at No.18 and Da Vittorio is at No.34. Macau’s opulent Wing Lei Palace climbs up seven places to No.39, and Sichuan Moon re-enters the rankings at No.43. Nordic dining destination Refer breaks into the list at No.50 and is Beijing’s sole representation at the awards. Shenzhen is represented by Ensue (No.31), with its dynamic young female sommelier Della Tang also crowned the Beronia Asia’s Best Sommelier 2023.
Debuting on the list at No.30, Avartana in Chennai claims the Highest New Entry Award. Mumbai and Delhi both have a restaurant each: Masque at No.16 and Indian Accent at No.19 respectively. Manila’s Toyo Eatery re-enters the ranking at No.42 and also wins the Flor de Caña Sustainable Restaurant Award. Chef and owner Jordy Navarra is an advocate for conservation and preservation, and believes that there is no linear way or cookie cutter approach to sustainability. Preferring to work with small-scale producers, he maintains that respecting traditions, cultures and terroirs are all a part of the sustainability loop. Metiz, with a menu that spotlights the terroir of the Philippines, joins the list for the first time at No.48.
Osaka’s La Cime is at No.8, Villa Aida from Wakayama retains its position at No.14 and Kyoto’s Cenci moves up 11 places to No.32. Anan Saigon is Ho Chi Minh’s solo entry at No.40, while Taipei’s Mume re-enters the list at No.45.
William Drew, Director of Content for Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, says: “It is an extremely heartening experience to see so many familiar faces at our first full-scale live awards event in Asia since the pandemic. We salute all the restaurants who have made it onto the list, reflecting the brilliance and diversity of the dining scene across Asia. We also offer our heartiest congratulations to Le Du: Chef Ton and the team’s ability to combine their passion for Thailand’s culinary heritage, respect for homegrown ingredients and flair for modern cooking techniques is what makes the restaurant a true winner.”
The 2023 list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants was revealed at the live awards ceremony held on the 28th March 2023 in Singapore at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS), Asia’s premium lifestyle destination resort, located on Singapore’s resort island of Sentosa and home to world-class attractions.
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Fu He Hui
Ms. Maria & Mr. Singh
Raan Jay Fai
Wing Lei Palace
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About the host destination partner: Singapore Tourism Board
The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is the lead development agency for tourism, one of Singapore’s key economic sectors. Together with industry partners and the community, we shape a dynamic Singapore tourism landscape. We bring the Passion Made Possible brand to life by differentiating Singapore as a vibrant destination that inspires people to share and deepen their passions.
About the main sponsor: S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna
S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna are the main sponsors of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna are the leading natural mineral waters in the fine dining world. Together they interpret Italian style worldwide as a synthesis of excellence, pleasure and well-being.
About the venue partner: Resorts World Sentosa
Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) is home to world-class attractions including Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A. Aquarium, Dolphin Island and Adventure Cove Waterpark. Complementing the adventure and adrenaline of its theme parks and attractions are six unique luxury hotels, the world-class Resorts World Convention Centre and a casino. RWS also offers world-class entertainment as well as award-winning dining experiences and exciting cuisines from around the world across its acclaimed celebrity chef restaurants. RWS has been named “Best Integrated Resort” since 2011 for the 10th year in a row at the TTG Travel Awards. For more information, please visit www.rwsentosa.com.
- Inedit Damm – Official Beer Partner; sponsor of Inedit Damm Chefs’ Choice Award
- American Express Resy – Official Credit Card & Booking Platform Partner; sponsor of American Express One To Watch Award
- Gin Mare – Official Gin Partner; sponsor of Gin Mare Art of Hospitality Award
- Valrhona – Official Chocolate Partner; sponsor of Asia’s Best Pastry Chef Award
- Beronia – Official Wine Partner; sponsor of Beronia Asia’s Best Sommelier Award
- Flor de Caña – Official Rum Partner; sponsor of Flor de Caña Sustainable Restaurant Award
- Aspire Lifestyles – Official Concierge Partner; sponsor of Highest New Entry Award
- Dassai – Official Sake Partner
- Woodford Reserve – Official Bourbon Partner
- Benriach – Official Scotch Whisky Partner
- Grey Goose – Official Vodka Partner
- Lavazza – Official Coffee Partner
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