Which is the best restaurant in Asia

Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2021

The Chairman is Asia's best restaurant

The Chairman received the highest accolade at the 50 Best Asia's Restaurant awards ceremony. As the very first restaurant in Hong Kong to be named the best restaurant in Asia, the 2021 list was announced today in a virtual ceremony. The ninth edition of the list features eleven newcomers, including a new restaurant in Vietnam. The country was last represented on the list in 2013. Hong Kong has eleven restaurants on the list, followed by Japan with nine and Singapore with eight.

Founded in 2009, The Chairman is known for its ingredient-centric Cantonese cuisine and a determined dedication to authentic flavors. It has been on the list since 2013. In 2019 it was placed on The Word's 50 Best list for the first time. There are also three newcomers on the list from Hong Kong: Mano (44th place), as well as the Caprice (28th place) and Ta Vie (38th place) restaurants, which were on the list in previous years.

The restaurant Vea (16th place), headed by the creative head chef Vicky Cheng, received the Gin Mare Art of Hospitality Award this year. Other Hong Kong restaurants on the list include Neighborhood (17th), Belon (25th), 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana (33rd), Amber (37th), Lung King Heen (47th), and Seventh Son ( 48). Mainland China is represented by Fu He Hui (22nd place), who has been on the list for seven years, while Macau returns 50th with Wing Lei Palace.

Restaurant Den retains its third place and wins the title of Best Restaurant in Japan for the fourth consecutive year, while restaurants Florilège and Narisawa maintain their respective places in the top 10 at 7th and 9th. With an impressive 29 seats in 19th place, L’Effervescence is the winner of this year's Beronia Highest Climber Award.

After two years at the top, the Odette is now in second place. It remains Singapore's best restaurant this year too, with three newcomers from Singapore on the list. Cloudstreet, where Sir Lankan chef Rishi Naleendra works, ranks 31st on the list, while Chef Jason Tan’s intimate 26-seater Euphoria restaurant ranks 41st. Chef LG Han's labyrinth debuts at # 40 and wins the Flor de Caña Sustainable Restaurant Award, selected by 50 Best by sustainability auditing partner Food Made Good Global for its sustainable sourcing guidelines and supporting the community during the recent pandemic.

After closing his award-winning Gaggan restaurant in 2019, Gaggan Anand returns to the list. His restaurant of the same name in Bangkok, Gaggan Anand, comes in at number 5 and receives the Highest New Entry Award sponsored by Aspire Lifestyles. Among the six entries in Thailand this year, Chef Thitid 'Ton' Tassanakajohn has two reasons to celebrate. His top-class Le Du (4th place) is recognized as the best restaurant in Thailand for the first time and displaces last year's defending champion, the Sühring (6th place), while his youngest company, Nusara, debuts in 20th place.

Special awards

Supinya 'Jay Fai' Junsuta is the deserved recipient of the Icon Award this year, while DeAille Tam from the Obscura in Shanghai receives the title of best cook in Asia. The Meta in Singapore receives the American Express One To Watch Award for its modern interpretations of Korean culinary traditions. The celebrated Korean chef Mingoo Kang received the Inedit Damm Chefs' Choice Award this year, the only award chosen by chefs on the list of the 50 best restaurants in Asia for 2021 to recognize a colleague who makes a positive impact on the dining scene.

The list is based on a vote of 300 people, such as food journalists, critics, cooks and restaurateurs, as well as experts for a specific region. The body of those entitled to vote is composed in a gender-equitable manner. This year's vote has been adjusted to accommodate limited travel options, with an emphasis on local culinary experiences

Place 2021restaurantplace2020201920182017
1The ChairmanHong Kong, China2112247
2OdetteSingapore1159
3TheTokyo, Japan33211
4Le youBangkok, Thailand8201437
5Gaggan AnandBangkok, Thailand----
6SühringBangkok, Thailand64413
7FlorilègeTokyo, Japan75314
8La CimeOsaka, Japan10---
9NarisawaTokyo, Japan9866
10MinglesSeoul, South Korea14131115
11SornBangkok, Thailand1648--
12SazenkaTokyo, Japan2923--
13Les AmisSingapore11332916
14Burnt endsSingapore5101210
15MumeTaipei, Taiwan1871843
16VeaHong Kong, China1234--
17NeighborhoodHong Kong, China193732-
18Indian accentNew Delhi, India13171930
19L'EffervescenceTokyo, Japan----
20NusaraBangkok, Thailand----
21RawTaipei, Taiwan36301524
22Fu He HuiShanghai, China202930-
23ZenSingapore28---
24LogyTaipei, Taiwan----
25BelonHong Kong, China41540-
26JL StudioTaichung, Taiwan26---
27OdeTokyo, Japan35---
28CapriceHong Kong, China----
29Ministry of CrabColombo, Sri Lanka30352529
30La Maison de la Nature GohFukuoka, Japan40---
31CloudstreetSingapore----
32MasqueMumbai, India----
338 1/2 Otto e Mezzo BombanaHong Kong, China32---
347th doorSeoul, South Korea----
35Nihonryori RyuGinTokyo, Japan24997
36Born & BredSeoul, Korea----
37AmberHong Kong, China312173
38Ta VieHong Kong, China-501633
39Anan SaigonHo Chi Minh City, Vietnam----
40labyrinthSingapore----
41EuphoriaSingapore----
42Jaan by Kirk WestawaySingapore21---
43HansikgongganSeoul, South Korea34---
44MonoHong Kong, China----
45Shoun RyuGinTaipei, Taiwan43---
46GaaBangkok, Thailand1516--
47Lung King HeenHong Kong, China33382417
48Seventh SonHong Kong, China25---
49Toyo EateryManila, Philippines4443--
50Wing Lei PalaceMacau, China2236--
51SugitaTokyo, Japan----
52Ultraviolet by Paul PairetShanghai, China41688
53QuintessenceTokyo, Japan-453818
54Il Ristorante Luca FantinTokyo, Japan17---
558-/2-Bangkok, Thailand47---
56NihonbashiColombo, Sri Lanka--4549
57Sushi SaitoTokyo, Japan46252726
58BukharaNew Delhi, India45---
59Samrub for ThaiBangkok, Thailand----
60MetaSingapore----
61Xin Rong Ji (Nanyang Road)Shanghai, China----
62Raan Jay FaiBangkok, Thailand----
63LocavoreBali, Indonesia37422122
64Villa AidaWakayama, Japan----
65TocTocSeoul, South Korea274142-
66DewakanKuala Lumpur, Malaysia-46--
67MosuSeoul, South Korea----
68The EightMacau, China----
69EnsueShenzhen, China----
70pasteBangkok, Thailand382831-
71Tenzushi KyomachiKitakyushu, Japan----
72Joo OkSeoul, South Korea----
73NouriSingapore5039--
74Le NormandyBangkok, Thailand----
75Taian tableShanghai, China----
76Xin Rong Ji (Linhai)Taizhou, China----
77EsoraSingapore----
78Bo.LanBangkok, Thailand39193719
79Baan TepaBangkok, Thailand----
80TookBangkok, Thailand-22105
81AvartanaChennai, India----
82Since VittorioShanghai, China----
83EtéTokyo, Japan----
84Antonio'sTagaytay, Philippines----
85SugalaboTokyo, Japan----
86OnjiumSeoul, South Korea----
87ÉcritureHong Kong, China----
88Robuchon au DômeMacau, China----
89Jin ShaHangzhou, China----
90Gallery by CheleManila, Philippines----
91CenciKyoto, Japan----
92genePenang, Malaysia----
93Yong Fu (South Maoming Road)Shanghai, China----
94CandlenutSingapore----
95Sichuan MoonMacau, China23---
96AraguNoonu Atoll, Maldives----
97QuinceBangkok, Thailand----
98Tung diningHanoi, Vietnam----
99NadodiKuala Lumpur, Malaysia----
100Jade DragonMacau, China-273532