Hong Kong, Bangkok, Tokyo, Singapore

Hong Kong, Bangkok, Tokyo, Singapore

Hong Kong is the top destination in Asia for foodies this year, according to new rankings released by the 50 Best organization.

The city is home to 16 of the region’s “best” 100 restaurants, as shown in the list, released in two parts in March.

Thailand and Japan tied for second place, each with 13 restaurants on the list. The small city-state of Singapore punched above its weight with 12 establishments named among Asia’s best.

William Drew, director of content for William Reed Business Media, which organizes the awards, told CNBC that Hong Kong had an “unusual experience” this year since it was largely closed to foreign visitors.

“However, restrictions aside, many restaurants have been very busy on a local level,” Drew said.

“It’s likely that local voters dined in a wider variety of restaurants in the city, spreading the vote amongst a wider range of establishments,” he added.

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Asia’s top 50 restaurants

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Nonetheless, Hong Kong proved to be a hot spot this year, going from only one restaurant on the list in 2021 to 10 this year.

China’s Jin Sha also saw the greatest jump, moving up 38 spots from No. 89 to No. 51, edging close to the best 50 list. Nadodi was close behind, rising 37 ranks from No. 99 to No. 62.

Here’s the extended list:

51. Jin Sha (Hangzhou, China)
52. Adachi Sushi (Taipei, Taiwan)
53. Seventh Son (Hong Kong)
54. Mume (Taipei, Taiwan)
55. Jaan by Kirk Westaway (Singapore)
56. Euphoria (Singapore)
57. Shoun RyuGin (Taipei, Taiwan)
58. Esora (Singapore)
59. Karavalli (Bangalore, India)
60. Ta Vie (Hong Kong)
61. Pru (Phuket, Thailand)
62. Nadodi (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
63. Vea (Hong Kong)
64. Godenya (Hong Kong)
65. Anan Saigon (Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam)
66. Bukhara (New Delhi, India)
67. Refer (Beijing, China)
68. Xin Rong Ji (Beijing, China)
69. TIE — Comorin, Gurugram (India)
69. TIE — Gallery by Chele (Manila, Philippines)
71. L’Effervescence (Tokyo, Japan)
72. Liberte (Kaohsiung, Taiwan)
73. Dum Pukht (New Delhi, India)
74. Antonio’s (Tagaytay, Philippines)
75. Lolla (Singapore)
76. Obscura (Shanghai, China)
77. Xin Rong Ji (Hong Kong)
78. Sushi Saito (Tokyo, Japan)
79. Avartana (Chennai, India)
80. Americano (Mumbai, India)
81. Eat and Cook (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
82. Batard (Hong Kong)
83. Amber (Hong Kong)
84. Golden Flower (Macao)
85. The Table (Mumbai, India)
86. Baan Tepa (Bangkok, Thailand)
87. Lerdtip Wanghin (Bangkok, Thailand)
88. L’Envol (Hong Kong)
89. Jade Dragon (Macao)
90. Topaz (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
91. Quince (Bangkok, Thailand)
92. Thevar (Singapore)
93. Cilantro (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
94. Toyo Eatery (Manila, Philippines)
95. Maison Lameloise (Shanghai, China)
96. Chaat (Hong Kong)
97. The Eight (Macao)
98. Sushi Hare (Hong Kong)
99. Le Cote LM (Taichung, Taiwan)
100. 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana (Shanghai, China)

Singapore restaurants take a hit

How the list is made

This is how voting works, according to the 50 Best organization.

Restaurants are chosen by more than 300 industry leaders, referred to as “the academy.” They are food writers, critics, chefs and restaurateurs from across the region. The academy regularly changes and has a 50-50 gender balance, and each voter must have visited a restaurant it votes for at least once in the last 18 months.

The “Fallen Fruit” dish from Lolla, a Singapore restaurant ranked No. 75 on Asia’s top 100 list.

Source: Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022

In 2022, voting rules were amended because of restrictions on international travel. Each member nominates eight restaurants, including up to six from their home country but with no obligation to vote for restaurants outside their home country.

After two years of livestreamed events, this year’s awards presentation was hosted live in three cities: Bangkok, Macao, and Tokyo. Events were also streamed on Facebook and YouTube.

The 50 Best organization publishes several lists to highlight excellence in the food industry, including “The World’s 50 Best Bars” and regional listings such as “Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants.”


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