Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021: Hong Kong’s The Chairman Tops the List

March 25, 2021

DeAille Tam of Obscura, Shanghai, is named Asia’s Best Female Chef

(Main) The Chairman in Hong Kong takes No.1 Spot at Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021 Awards; (Above) DeAille Tam of Obscura, Shanghai, is named Asia’s Best Female Chef.

The Chairman has become the first Chinese restaurant to take the top spot in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list. Last year’s winner Odette in Singapore came in second, and Den from Japan retained its third placing. In Thailand, Le Du is declared The Best Restaurant in the kingdom. The 2021 list was announced today in a virtual ceremony.

The list boasts 11 first-time entries. Hong Kong claims 11 restaurants on the list, followed by Japan with nine, Singapore with eight and Thailand with six. Chef Thitid ‘Ton’ Tassanakajohn has double reason to celebrate. His high-profile Le Du (No.4) is named The Best Restaurant in Thailand for the first time, edging out last year’s Sühring (No.6), while his latest venture, Nusara, debuts at No.20. Chef Gaggan Anand has returned to the list: his namesake Bangkok restaurant, Gaggan Anand, enters at No.5, securing the Highest New Entry Award. Bangkok’s legendary chef Supinya ‘Jay Fai’ Junsuta is the recipient of the Icon Award. Labyrinth in Singapore wins the Flor de Caña Sustainable Restaurant Award while rising 29 places to No.19, L’Effervescence in Tokyo claims the Beronia Highest Climber Award.

Angela Lai from Taïrroir, Taipei, is named Asia’s Best Pastry Chef and DeAille Tam of Obscura, Shanghai, is Asia’s Best Female Chef. Hong Kong’s Vea is the Gin Mare Art of Hospitality Award recipient, and Meta in Singapore claims the American Express One To Watch Award. Meanwhile, Mingoo Kang from Mingles in South Korea wins the peer-voted Inedit Damm Chefs’ Choice Award.

Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021 List (11 new entries marked with an asterisk)

  1. The Chairman (Hong Kong)
  2. Odette (Singapore)
  3. Den (Japan)
  4. Le Du (Bangkok)
  5. Gaggan Anand (Bangkok) *
  6. Sühring (Thailand)
  7. Florilege (JapanTokyo)
  8. La Cime (Osaka)
  9. Narisawa (Tokyo)
  10. Mingles (Seoul)
  11. Sorn (Bangkok)
  12. Sazenka (Tokyo)
  13. Les Amis (Singapore)
  14. Burnt Ends (Singapore)
  15. Mume (Taiwan)
  16. VEA (Hong Kong)
  17. Neighborhood (Hong Kong)
  18. Indian Accent (New Dehli)
  19. L’Effervescence (Tokyo)
  20. Nusara (Bangkok) *
  21. Raw (Taipei)
  22. Fu He Hui (Shanghai)
  23. Zén (Singapore)
  24. Logy (Taipei) *
  25. Belon (Hong Kong)
  26. JL Studio (Taichung, Taiwan)
  27. Ode (Tokyo)
  28. Caprice (Hong Kong)
  29. Ministry of Crab (Sri Lanka)
  30. La Maison de la Nature Goh (Fukuoka)
  31. Cloudstreet (Singapore) *
  32. Masque(Mumbai, India) *
  33. 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana (Hong Kong)
  34. 7th Door (Seoul) *
  35. Nihonryori Ryugin (Tokyo)
  36. Born & Bred (Seoul) *
  37. Amber (Hong Kong)
  38. Ta Vie(Hong Kong)
  39. Anan Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) *
  40. Labyrinth (Singapore) *
  41. Euphoria (Singapore) *
  42. Jaan by Kirk Westaway (Singapore)
  43. Hansikgonggan (Seoul)
  44. Mono (Hong Kong) *
  45. Shoun Ryugin (Taipei)
  46. Gaa (Bangkok)
  47. Lung King Heen (Hong Kong)
  48. Seventh Son (Hong Kong)
  49. Toyo Eatery (Manila)
  50. Wing Lei Palace (Hong Kong)

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