Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants: Singapore’s Born debuts with 8 others who climbed the ranks

Restaurant Born on Neil Road. Photo: Born Singapore
Restaurant Born on Neil Road. Photo: Born Singapore

The prestigious annual Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list is out and Singapore continues to impress this year. 

This year’s list has restaurants from 19 cities and seven new entries. The coveted ceremony was announced last night live in Singapore’s Resorts World Sentosa.

Singapore and Bangkok both have the highest number of entries with nine restaurants each. 

The top spot was awarded to Bangkok’s modern Thai restaurant Le Du, which has been on the list since 2017, followed by Tokyo’s Sézanne and Bangkok’s Nusara.

Singapore leads with Odette at No. 6 which is also on the rankings since 2017 and its pastry chef Louisa Lim won the Best Pastry Chef Award as well. 

Also on the list is Labyrinth at No. 11 which climbed up 29 spots from last year, followed by Meta (No. 17 up from 20th last year), Zén (No. 21 up from 37th last year), Burnt Ends (No. 24 up from 41st last year), Euphoria (No. 25), Cloudstreet (No. 26 up from 44th last year) and Les Amis (No. 27 down from 23rd last year).

Sole new local entry on the list is Born at No. 36. The contemporary fine dining restaurant on Neil Road is helmed by local ​​chef Zor Tan who blends French fine dining with Chinese gastronomy.

In Bangkok, there is Gaggan Anand (No. 5), Sorn (No. 9), Sühring (No. 22) and Raan Jay Fai (No. 38). Newbies include Potong (No. 35), Baan Tepa (No. 46) and Ms. Maria & Mr. Singh (No. 33).

Hong Kong has five familiar faces: The Chairman (No. 13), Neighbourhood (No. 29), Wing (No. 37), Mono (No. 41) and Caprice (No. 49).

Manila’s Toyo Eatery swooped in at No. 42 and takes the Flor de Caña Sustainable Restaurant Award. Metiz also entered the list at No. 48 for the Philippines.

Check out the other restaurants that almost made the top 50.

The list is ranked by votes from the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy which is made up of over 300 food writers, critics, chefs, restaurateurs and regional culinary experts.

The 1-50 LIST

1 Le Du, Bangkok

2 Sézanne, Tokyo

3 Nusara, Bangkok

4 Den, Tokyo

5 Gaggan Anand, Bangkok

6 Odette, Singapore

7 Florilège, Tokyo

8 La Cime, Osaka

9 Sorn, Bangkok

10 Narisawa, Tokyo

11 Labyrinth, Singapore

12 Sazenka, Tokyo

13 The Chairman, Hong Kong

14 Villa Aida, Wakayama

15 Mosu, Seoul

16 Masque, Mumbai

17 Meta, Singapore

18 Fu He Hui, Shanghai

19 Indian Accent, New Delhi

20 Ode, Tokyo

21 Zén, Singapore

22 Sühring, Bangkok

23 Onjium, Seoul

24 Burnt Ends, Singapore

25 Euphoria, Singapore

26 Cloudstreet, Singapore

27 Les Amis, Singapore

28 Mingles, Seoul

29 Neighborhood, Hong Kong

30 Avartana, Chennai

31 Ensue, Shenzhen

32 Cenci, Kyoto

33 Ms. Maria & Mr. Singh, Bangkok

34 Da Vittorio, Shanghai

35 Potong, Bangkok

36 Born, Singapore

37 Wing, Hong Kong

38 Raan Jay Fai, Bangkok

39 Wing Lei Palace, Macau

40 Anan Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City

41 Mono, Hong Kong

42 Toyo Eatery, Manila

43 Sichuan Moon, Macau

44 L’Effervescence, Tokyo

45 Mume, Taipei

46 Baan Tepa, Bangkok

47 Born & Bred, Seoul

48 Metiz, Makati

49 Caprice, Hong Kong

50 Refer, Beijing

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