Amidst all the corona virus panic and precautions life does somehow go on, and so it was that on March 24th the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list was revealed online, as the glitzy awards ceremony originally slated to be held in Japan’s Saga Prefecture had to be postponed.
Addressing the online audience at the beginning of the hour-long livestream, William Drew, Director of Content of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, remarked: “Today, the hospitality sector, just as the world as a whole, is experiencing unprecedented challenge due to the COVID-19 virus. We know that many millions of people are suffering all across the world right now. Our first thoughts and best wishes go out to those so adversely affected by this crisis.
“Today’s announcement is not a celebration. The objective is one of recognition. This time, more than ever, the restaurant sector needs support. Recognising the hard work and talent of teams and individuals remains valid. The decision to proceed [with the awards] was made after consulting with chefs and restaurateurs and other leading figures in gastronomy across Asia. The list and awards aim to offer some small rays of positivity even in these dark days. So, let’s keep our community connected, united and prepared for eventual recovery once the situation improves.”
Singapore’s Odette restaurant cinched first place for the second year in a row, while six other Singapore restaurants each earned a spot on the list.
As for Bangkok, seven local restaurants placed in the coveted top 50 selection, including two in the top 10. The innovative German cuisine at Sühring earned chefs Thomas and Mathias Sühring a 6th place ranking, while chef Thitid “Ton” Tassanakajohn’s much-loved restaurant Le Du finished in 8th place.
Also on this year’s list you’ll find foodie favourites Gaa (15), Sorn (16), Paste (38), Bo.lan (39), 80/20 (47). It should also be noted that Sorn won the ‘Highest Climber Award 2020’, which should make it even more difficult to get a reservation there when things get back to normal.
Although it may be a while before anyone can enjoy fine dining at all the restaurants on the list, here are the top 10 winners in order – which should give you some “food for thought” as to what to look forward to when all of this madness has subsided.
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
For a complete rundown of all 50 restaurants on the list, as well as other special award winners, visit the worlds50best.com.