Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants for 2024 Revealed

By | March 28, 2024

After losing the number one spot to Bangkok in 2023, Tokyo reclaimed its crown as the city with the best eatery in the region at the annual Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards, announced Tuesday night in Seoul, South Korea.

Sézanne, which has made a name for itself by offering refined neo-French cuisine with the top quality ingredients that Japan is famous for, took home the top prize.

Located at the Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo in Marunouchi and led by English chef Daniel Calvert, the restaurant is named after a city in France’s Champagne region.

Sézanne’s rise has been rapid. It was at number two last year and debuted on the list at number 17 in 2022.

Calvert was on hand to accept the award in person, but said he almost missed the event, albeit for a very good reason.

“My wife actually just had a baby, so I wasn’t going to come this week,” he said as he accepted the award with a smile.

Sézanne first opened in July 2021 on the seventh floor of the Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo in Maronouchi.  -Courtesy of the 50 best in the world

Sézanne first opened in July 2021 on the seventh floor of the Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo in Maronouchi. -Courtesy of the 50 best in the world

“Thank you to everyone who dined with us, who voted for us, who visited us last year and supported us. Not just last year, but also the many, many years since I was in Asia, in 2016. So I never thought we would be on this stage now.”

Another Tokyo eatery serving French-inspired cuisine, Floriege, rose five places to score the second spot on the 2023 list. Bangkok’s Gaggan Annand, run by the legendary Kolkata-born chef of the same name, rose this year third place and climbed two places.

The top five was completed by two restaurants in Hong Kong. In fourth place were The Chairman, who was voted No. 1 in 2021, and Wing, who had the most dramatic rise of the night, rising a whopping 32 places since last year to take fifth place. (Scroll down for the complete list.)

Which city has the most restaurants on the list?

The list – part of the global ‘World’s 50 Best’ brand – was compiled by Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, which consists of more than 300 food critics, writers, chefs and restaurateurs, all selected for their knowledge of the Asian restaurant scene.

Although Singapore had no restaurants in the top five, nine of its locations were in the top 50 – more than any other city. Among them was newcomer Seroja (No. 31), the highest new entrant of the evening.

Bangkok had eight restaurants on the 2024 list. In addition to Gaggan Anand at number three, among the top restaurants on the list are in the Thai capital Nusara from chef Thitid “Ton” Tassanakajohn, who earned the sixth spot, followed by Sühring (No. . 7), who climbed 15 places this year.

Last year’s number one restaurant in Asia, Le Du – also run by chef Ton, in Bangkok – fell to number 12 this year.

Other special awards presented at the event included the ‘One to Watch’ trophy, which was presented to Beijing’s Lamdre restaurant, which is ‘breaking new ground for thoughtful, plant-based dining in the Chinese capital’.

Singapore has nine locations on its list of Asia's Best Restaurants for 2024, including Odette, pictured.  -Courtesy of the 50 best in the worldSingapore has nine locations on its list of Asia's Best Restaurants for 2024, including Odette, pictured.  -Courtesy of the 50 best in the world

Singapore has nine locations on its list of Asia’s Best Restaurants for 2024, including Odette, pictured. -Courtesy of the 50 best in the world

The award for ‘Best Female Chef in Asia’ went to Pichaya ‘Pam’ Soontornyanakij, owner of Potong restaurant in Bangkok, which finished 17th on this year’s list.

Two other restaurants in Bangkok were singled out: the Sustainable Restaurant Award went to Haoma and Chef Ton’s Nusara, this year’s number six on the list, earned the Art of Hospitality Award.

Mineko Kato from Faro restaurant in Tokyo won the award for Asia’s best chef and Kevin Lu from Logy in Taipei was voted Asia’s best sommelier. Sung Anh from Mosu in Seoul, credited with pioneering a new wave of Korean fusion gastronomy, received the ‘Chef’s Choice’ award, while Danny Yip from Hong Kong’s legendary The Chairman received the ‘Icon Award’.

Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants for 2024 – The Complete List

1. Sezanne (Tokyo)

2. Florilege (Tokyo)

3. Gaggan Anand (Bangkok)

4. The Chairman (Hong Kong)

5. Wing (Hong Kong)

6. Nusara (Bangkok)

7. Suhring (Bangkok)

8. Den (Tokyo)

9. La Cime (Osaka)

10. Odette (Singapore)

11. Sorn (Bangkok)

12. Le Du (Bangkok)

13. Mengt (Seoul)

14. Narisawa (Tokyo)

15. Burnt Ends (Singapore)

16. Neighborhood (Hong Kong)

17. Potong (Bangkok)

18. 7e Door (Seoul)

19. Fu He Hui (Shanghai)

20. Euphoria (Singapore)

21. Onjium (Seoul)

22. Logy, Taipei

23. Mask (Mumbai)

24. Toyo Eatery (Manila)

25. Born (Singapore)

26. Indian accent (New Delhi)

27. Mono (Hong Kong)

28. Meta (Singapore)

29. Samrub Samrub Thai (Bangkok)

30. Labyrinth (Singapore)

31. Seroja (Singapore)

32. Caprice (Hong Kong)

33. JL Studio (Taichung, Taiwan)

34. Mume (Taipei)

35. Villa Aida (Wakayama, Japan)

36. Ling Long (Shanghai)

37. Ando (Hong Kong)

38. Les Amis (Singapore)

39. Sazenka (Tokyo)

40. 102 House (Shanghai)

41. Mosu (Seoul)

42. Baan Tepa (Bangkok)

43. Lolla (Singapore)

44. Avartana (Chennai, India)

45. Goh (Fukuoka, Japan)

46. ​​​​August (Jakarta)

47. Cenci (Kyoto, Japan)

48. Anan Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

49. Seasons by Chef Tam (Macau)

50. Get to know the Bund (Shanghai)

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