Narisawa in Tokyo Tops List of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants

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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