Chef Yoshihiro Narisawa’s Tokyo establishment Narisawa took the top spot in the inaugural list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, announced in Singapore.
The World’s 50 Best Asia is published by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards. Nihonryori RyuGin, Tokyo, came second, followed by Nahm, Bangkok in third place; Amber, Hong Kong, in fourth; and Restaurant Andre, Singapore in fifth.
Paul Pairet of Ultraviolet and Mr & Mrs Bund in Shanghai won the lifetime achievement award. Duongporn “Bo” Songvisava, of Bo.lan, in Bangkok, was named Asia’s best female chef and Jaan restaurant in Singapore was named one to watch.
The 50 Best list follows the publication last month of the Miele Guide’s Top 20 restaurants in Asia. The top five in that list were Robuchon au Dome, Macau; Waku Ghin, Singapore; L’Atelier, Hong Kong; Iggy’s, Singapore; and Mozaic, Bali.
I chair the U.K. and Ireland voters for the World’s 50 Best.
Here is the Top 50: 1. Narisawa, Tokyo 2. Nihonryori RyuGin, Tokyo 3. Nahm, Bangkok 4. Amber, Hong Kong 5. Restaurant Andre, Singapore 6. 8-1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong 7. Mr & Mrs Bund, Shanghai 8. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai 9. Iggy’s Singapore 10. Gaggan, Bangkok 11. Waku Ghin, Singapore 12. Caprice, Hong Kong 13. Lung King Heen, Hong Kong 14. Les Amis, Singapore 15. Bo Innovation, Hong Kong 16. Quintessence, Tokyo 17. Dum Pukht, New Delhi 18. The Chairman, Hong Kong 19. Eat Me, Bangkok 20. Wasabi by Morimoto, Mumbai 21. Hajime, Osaka 22. Jaan, Singapore 23. L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon Hong Kong 24. L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon Singapore 25. 28 HuBin Road, Hangzhou, China 26. Bukhara, New Delhi 27. Sushi Mizutani, Tokyo 28. Indigo, Mumbai 29. Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin, Bangkok 30. Varq, New Delhi 31. Takazawa, Tokyo 32. Shinji by Kanesaka, Singapore 33. Kahala, Tokyo 34. Franck, Shanghai 35. Osteria Mozza, Singapore 36. Bo.lan, Bangkok 37. Robuchon au Dome, Macau 38. Nihonbashi, Colombo 39. Sushi Saito, Tokyo 40. FU1015, Shanghai 41. Indian Accent, New Delhi 42. Ishikawa, Tokyo 43. Gunther’s, Singapore 44. Karavalli, Bangalore 45. Jade on 36, Shanghai 46. Yardbird, Hong Kong 47. Don’s, Hanoi 48. Fook Lam Moon, Hong Kong 49. Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck, Singapore 50. Mozaic, Bali
(Richard Vines is the chief food critic for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. He is U.K. and Ireland chairman of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards. Opinions expressed are his own.)
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