Hong Kong snags 9 entries on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list for 2019

A plate of lobster taglioni at Hong Kong’s 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana. The restaurant was named the 12th-best in Asia, and winner of the Art of Hospitality Award, in this year’s Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants rankings. Photo via Flickr/City Foodsters.

After four years of watching Bangkok’s Gaggan refuse to budge from its number one spot on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list, Odette in Singapore finally gave it the shove and took over as the top eatery in the region.

And while Hong Kong may not have clinched the top spot, it still made an admirable showing in this year’s rankings, with nine restaurants in the SAR getting nods from judges.

High-end Cantonese restaurant The Chairman was the highest-ranked Hong Kong spot at #11, with three-Michelin-starred 8 12 Otto e Mezzo Bombana hot on its heels at #12. (Otto e Mezzo was also given this year’s Art of Hospitality Award by the 50 Best folks.)

Making the list for the first time this year were the Chinese-French fusion spot Vea at #34, and the “ingredient-focused” southern Chinese-style restaurant Seventh Son at #44.

The other Hong Kong honorees included Belon (#15), Amber (#21), Neighborhood (#37), Lung King Heen (#38), and Ta Vie, squeaking in at #50.

Meanwhile, our little sister-SAR to the west, Macau, landed two entries: the Cantonese fine dining outposts Jade Dragon (#27) and Wing Lei Palace (#36), the latter a first-time honoree.

Overall, Japan garnered the most representations on the list, with a total of 12 names, including Den in third place. As for former champ Gaggan, it dropped one rank to second place, but kept its title of the best restaurant in Thailand.

As always, the rankings are compiled by surveying more than 300 restaurant insiders across Asia, including food writers and critics, chefs, restaurateurs, and “gastronomes.”

If you’re the type to revere such lists, you can check out this year’s in its entirety below:

  1. Odette: Singapore
  2. Gaggan: Bangkok, Thailand
  3. Den: Tokyo, Japan
  4. Sühring: Bangkok, Thailand
  5. Florilege: Tokyo, Japan
  6. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet: Shanghai, China
  7. Mume: Taipei, Taiwan
  8. Narisawa: Tokyo, Japan
  9. Nihonryori Ryugin: Tokyo, Japan
  10. Burnt Ends: Singapore
  11. The Chairman: Hong Kong, China
  12. 12 Otto e Mezzo Bombana: Hong Kong, China
  13. Mingles: Seoul, South Korea
  14. La Cime: Osaka, Japan
  15. Belon: Hong Kong, China
  16. Gaa: Bangkok, Thailand
  17. Indian Accent: New Delhi, India
  18. Il Ristorante Luca Fantin: Tokyo, Japan
  19. Bo.Lan: Bangkok, Thailand
  20. Le Du: Bangkok, Thailand
  21. Amber: Hong Kong, China
  22. Nahm: Bangkok, Thailand
  23. Sazenka: Tokyo, Japan
  24. La Maison de la Nature Goh: Fukuoka, Japan
  25. Sushi Saito: Tokyo, Japan
  26. L’Effervescence: Tokyo, Japan
  27. Jade Dragon: Macau, China
  28. Paste: Bangkok, Thailand
  29. Fu He Hui: Shanghai, China
  30. Raw: Taipei, Taiwan
  31. Shoun Ryugin: Taipei, Taiwan
  32. Jaan: Singapore
  33. Les Amis: Singapore
  34. Vea: Hong Kong, China
  35. Ministry of Crab: Colombo, Sri Lanka
  36. Wing Lei Palace: Macau, China
  37. Neighborhood: Hong Kong, China
  38. Lung King Heen: Hong Kong, China
  39. Nouri: Singapore
  40. Waku Ghin: Singapore
  41. Toctoc: Seoul, South Korea
  42. Locavore: Bali, Indonesia
  43. Toyo Eatery: Manila, Philippines
  44. Seventh Son: Hong Kong, China
  45. Quintessence: Tokyo, Japan
  46. Dewakan: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  47. Sugalabo: Tokyo, Japan
  48. Sorn: Bangkok, Thailand
  49. Corner House: Singapore
  50. Ta Vie: Hong Kong, China

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