Over the last few decades, Asia has become one of the world's great culinary meccas. As a result of this growing culinary recognition, the Asia's Best Restaurants event has been taking place annually since 2013, singling out Asia's best restaurants and chefs and thus rewarding the continent's culinary excellence. 

 

In 2020, the 8th edition took place in the Saga prefecture in Japan, the country with the second most Michelin stars in the whole world. This region, located in the South of Japan, is characterised by its handcrafted products and rural landscapes, but also for its traditional dishes based on local fish and seafood. Thanks to the awards, the Saga prefecture became the culinary capital of Asia for a few days. 

 

This edition stood out for the exceptional security measures implemented to guarantee visitors' protection against the growing spread of the COVID-19 virus. The first of these measures was the holding of the gala behind closed doors and its broadcasting via streaming.

 

Asia's 50 Best Restaurants - Top 10

 

  1. Odette (Singapore). For the second consecutive year, the haute cuisine restaurant of French chef Julien Royer was proclaimed the best restaurant of the Asian continent. 

 

  1. The Chairman (Hong Kong). One of the gala's high-climbers, this restaurant offering Cantonese cuisine climbed from eleventh to second place.

 

  1. Den (Tokyo). This restaurant offering modern Japanese cuisine stays in third place, confirming itself as Japan's best restaurant according to this list.

 

  1. Belon (Hong Kong). A restaurant offering modern Parisian cuisine which has climbed eleven spots compared to the previous gala.

 

  1. Burnt Ends (Singapore). This city's second best restaurant according to this list. It specialises in dishes cooked in a traditional oven designed by chef Dave Pynt himself.

 

  1. Suhring (Bangkok). The first Thai restaurant amongst those included this year. It specialises in the modern cuisine of Germany, the home country of identical twin chefs Mathias and Thomas Sühring.

 

  1. Florilege (Tokyo). The restaurant Florilege has become the restaurant of reference for French haute cuisine in the Japanese capital.

 

  1. Le Du (Bangkok). With his re-interpretation of Thai cuisine, chef "Ton" Thitid has taken the eighth position on this prestigious list.

 

  1. Narisawa (Tokyo). The French cuisine restaurant of Japanese chef Yoshihiro Narisawa has dropped one spot compared to last year.

 

  1. La Cime (Osaka). Completing the top 10 is another Japanese restaurant specialising in French cuisine, this time in the city of Osaka. 

 

If you would like to see the rest of the restaurants included on the list of Asia's Best Restaurants, you can check them out on the official "World's 50 Best" website.