The excitement of a Malaysian restaurant debuting in coveted Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list became short-lived while Singapore’s Odette celebrates its second year as number one.

Each year, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2020 celebrates the region’s finest restaurants and chefs. Those awarded are nominated by a group of experts comprising 300 chefs, restauranteurs, as well as food writers and critics in Asia — restaurants and chefs have to work their way up to be deserving of a place in this coveted list.

This year was no different. Despite the looming concerns around Covid-19, the event which was initially scheduled in Saga Prefecture in Kyushu, Japan was televised online through Youtube and Facebook live streams. Last year’s top recipient Odette led by chef Julien Royer continued its winning streak to be the best restaurant in Asia for two consecutive years. The Chairman of Hong Kong and Japan’s Den rounded up the top three.

Chef Julien Royer of Odette with Vicky Cheng of VEA, Hong Kong which placed 12th on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2020 list. (Photo: Odette)

“We take this ray of light with gratitude,” Royer mentioned in the restaurant’s Instagram page. “Our hearts are with our peers in the industry who are working tirelessly everyday to continue serving. We pray for better times ahead and will continue to do all we can to look out for one another.”

Malaysia’s very own Dewakan helmed by the self-effacing Darren Teoh, however, lost its spot this year after debuting at No. 46 as the first-ever local restaurant in the list. Fret not, as we are certain that Teoh will bounce back especially with its newly renovated restaurant in Platinum Park that opened late last year. Similar to its previous ethos, the restaurant will be serving nothing less of spectacular through the use of locally-sourced produce and less-common ingredients.

Chef Darren Teoh of Dewakan.

There were also several highs and lows within the list with Japan showcasing 12 restaurants on the list. Andre Chiang’s new restaurant, Sichuan Moon located in Macau’s Wynn Palace resort raked the Highest New Entry Award, debuting at No. 23 on the list. The Highest Climber Award went to Bangkok’s Sorn at No. 16, praised for its genius take on Southern Thailand cuisine.

Here is the full list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2020.

  1. Odette (Singapore)
  2. The Chairman (Hong Kong)
  3. Den (Japan)
  4. Belon (Hong Kong)
  5. Burnt Ends (Singapore)
  6. Suhring (Thailand)
  7. Florilege (Japan)
  8. Le Du (Thailand)
  9. Narisawa (Japan)
  10. La Cime (Japan)
  11. Les Amis (Singapore)
  12. Vea (Hong Kong)
  13. Indian Accent (India)
  14. Mingles (South Korea)
  15. GAA (Thailand)
  16. Sorn (Thailand)
  17. Il Ristorante Luca Fantin (Japan)
  18. Mume (Taiwan)
  19. Neighborhood (Hong Kong)
  20. Fu Hei Hui (China)
  21. JAAN by Kirk Westaway (Singapore)
  22. Wing Lei Palace (Macau)
  23. Sichuan Moon (Macau)
  24. Nihonryori Ryugin (Japan)
  25. Seventh Son (Hong Kong)
  26. JL Studio (Taiwan)
  27. Toctoc (South Korea)
  28. Zen (Singapore) — New Entry
  29. Sazenka (Japan)
  30. Ministry of Crab (Sri Lanka)
  31. Amber (Hong Kong)
  32. Otto e mezzo Bombana (Hong Kong)
  33. Lung King Heen (Hong Kong)
  34. Hansikgonggan (South Korea) — New Entry
  35. Ode (Japan)
  36. RAW (Taiwan)
  37. Locavore (Bali)
  38. Paste (Thailand)
  39. Bo.Lan (Thailand)
  40. La Maison de La Nature Goh (Japan)
  41. Ultraviolet by Paul Paired (China)
  42. Corner House (Singapore)
  43. Shoun Ryugin (Taiwan)
  44. Toyo Eatery (Philippines)
  45. Bukhara (India)
  46. Sushi Saito (Japan)
  47. 80/20 (Thailand)
  48. L’effervescence (Japan)
  49. Inua (Japan)
  50. Nouri (Singapore)

(Featured Image: Going Places)

Martin Teo
Content Editor
Martin loves traveling the world to see ancient ruins and classical architecture. He enjoys the culinary experience of various cities but (still) refuses to eat anything insect-like. On a daily basis, he finds time hitting the gym to compensate for the amount of food he needs to eat just to write an article.