Odette continues its reign as number one on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list, closely beating esteemed Cantonese restaurant The Chairman from Hong Kong. The Singapore-based French restaurant made waves last year when it dethroned Gaggan from Bangkok, who held the top spot for four consecutive years.

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Chef Julien Royer helms Odette, a French restaurant housed in National Gallery Singapore. (Image credit: Odette)

The ceremony celebrates the region’s finest restaurants and gives them the global recognition these establishments and their teams deserve. Restaurants cannot apply to be on the list, and instead have to be deemed worthy by the awarding body, which consists of over 300 chefs, restauranteurs, and food writers and critics in Asia. 

This year’s edition was initially due to kick off in Saga Prefecture in Kyushu, Japan, but was moved online due to concerns around COVID-19. But that didn’t stop industry experts and culinary enthusiasts alike from getting in on the hype on Youtube and Facebook live streams.

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Chef Kirk Westaway helms JAAN by Kirk Westaway. (Image Credit: JAAN by Kirk Westaway)

Dramatic rises and falls are to be expected with any awards ceremony, and this year Singapore’s contenders did us proud. JAAN by Kirk Westaway makes number 21 this year, rising in over ten spots since 2019. French restaurant stalwart Les Amis clinches the Gin Mare Hospitality award while heading up to number 11 from number 33.

Corner House climbed its way up from number 49 last year to number 42, while crossroads cooking-focused Nouri drops to number 50 from 39. Zen, which offers Nordic kaiseki with French touches, is a new entry from Singapore and sits pretty at number 28.

Read on for the complete list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.

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 He 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 Pairet (China)

42. Corner House (Singapore)

43. Shoun Ryugin (Taiwan)

44. Toyo Eatery (Manila)

45. Bukhara (New Delhi, India)

46. Sushi Saito (Japan)

47. 80/20 (Bangkok)

48. L’effervescence (Japan)

49. Inua (Japan)

50. Nouri (Singapore) 

Stephanie Yeap
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Stephanie writes about food and culture. She has a soft spot for the visual and literary arts and can be found at the latest exhibition openings. Currently, she's on a quest to devour as much SingLit as possible.