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Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Announces 2020 Winners With a Virtual Event

According to World’s 50 Best, the restaurant community in Asia requested that the rankings go on “to shine some positive light into the darkness”

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

Today, 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.

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 a “message of unity,” World’s 50 Best content director William Drew explained the decision not to cancel the rankings altogether: “We believe that restaurants and chefs in Asia not only deserve recognition, but also need our support right now. Furthermore, the gastronomic community in Asia has specifically asked that we proceed with this edition of the list, albeit in a very different form to usual, in a bid to shine some positive light into the darkness.”

Other restaurant awards organizations have taken a different tack as the pandemic devastates the restaurant industry. The James Beard Awards opted to postpone both its finalist announcement and awards ceremonies, instead shifting focus to supporting the restaurant industry with its own relief fund and by promoting outside efforts to help the industry. The World’s 50 Best Restaurants organization has also compiled a list of ways to help restaurants in the wake of the pandemic and is aiming to stay connected to what’s happening to restaurants now via a survey, even as it presses on with restaurant rankings.

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

Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2020 [Official]

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