The Best Of Hong Kong
Lifestyle News
By The Loop HK Staff | March 25th, 2020

Yesterday, the winners of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2020, sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, were unveiled in a live stream that was eagerly anticipated by many throughout the culinary world. The official ceremony was to have taken place in Japan, but was called off and replaced by the live stream as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this trying time, with much of the F&B industry facing uncertainty, these awards were a much-needed moment of celebration. A validation that no matter what, it’s important to honor the work that was done last year and prepare for the year ahead. It was a night of celebration for restaurants across the APAC region as 50 restaurants were named to the list.

Hong Kong had eight of those coveted spots, one down from last year. These included perennial favorites such as The Chairman (which was elevated to the number 2 spot) and Lung King Heen, as well as Belon, Vea, and Seventh Son.

Amber, the popular Michelin-starred restaurant at The Landmark, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong that’s headed by Richard Ekkubus, was honored with the Sustainable Restaurant Award, sponsored by Beronia.

Once again, the number one spot was claimed by Odette, the classic French fine-dining restaurant at the National Gallery in Singapore.

Singapore, Bangkok and Tokyo seem to be continuing their reign as Asia’s top foodie destinations for 2020; all three cities had more than a few restaurants on the list, including some in the top 10.

A number of special awards had been announced ahead of the event last night, and were presented during the live stream. These included:

Asia’s Best Female Chef – Cho Hee-Sook (Hansikgonggan; South Korea)

The American Express Icon Award – Yoshihiro Murata (Kikunoi; Japan)

Asia’s Best Pastry Chef Award, sponsored by Valrhona – Natsuko Shoji (Été; Japan)

The Miele One to Watch Award – Masque (India)

Gin Mare Art of Hospitality Award – Les Amis (Singapore)

Inedit Damm Chefs’ Choice Award – Yusuke Takada (La Cime; Japan)

Sustainable Restaurant Award – Amber (Hong Kong)

Here is the full list of winners.
Hong Kong restaurants have been highlighted in bold; new additions to the list have been highlighted in italics.

  1. Odette, Singapore (Best in Singapore)
  2. The Chairman, Hong Kong, China (Best in China)
  3. Den, Tokyo, Japan (Best in Japan)
  4. Belon, Hong Kong, China
  5. Burnt Ends, Singapore
  6. Sühring, Bangkok, Thailand
  7. Florilège, Tokyo, Japan
  8. Le Du, Bangkok, Thailand
  9. Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
  10. La Cime, Osaka, Japan
  11. Les Amis, Singapore  
  12. VEA, Hong Kong, China
  13. Indian Accent, New Delhi, India (Best in India)
  14. Mingles, Seoul, Korea (Best in Korea)
  15. Gaa, Bangkok, Thailand
  16. Sorn, Bangkok, Thailand
  17. Il Ristorante Luca Fantin, Tokyo, Japan
  18. Mume, Taipei, Taiwan (Best in Taiwan)
  19. Neighborhood, Hong Kong, China
  20. Fu He Hui, Shanghai, China
  21. Jaan, Singapore
  22. Wing Lei Palace, Macau, China
  23. Sichuan Moon, Macau, China
  24. Nihonryori RyuGin, Tokyo, Japan
  25. Seventh Son, Hong Kong, China
  26. JL Studio, Taipei, Taiwan
  27. TocToc, Seoul, South Korea
  28. Zen, Singapore
  29. Sazenka, Tokyo, Japan
  30. Ministry of Crab, Colombo, Sri Lanka (Best in Sri Lanka)
  31. Amber, Hong Kong, China
  32. 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong, China
  33. Lung King Heen, Hong Kong, China
  34. Hansikgonggan, Seoul, South Korea
  35. Ode, Tokyo, Japan
  36. Raw, Taipei, Taiwan
  37. Locavore, Bali, Indonesia (Best in Indonesia)
  38. Paste, Bangkok, Thailand
  39. Bo.Lan, Bangkok, Thailand
  40. La Maison de la Nature Goh, Fukuoka, Japan
  41. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai, China
  42. Corner House, Singapore
  43. Shoun Ryugin, Taipei, Taiwan
  44. Toyo Eatery, Manila, Philippines (Best in Philippines)
  45. Bukhara, New Delhi, India
  46. Sushi Saito, Tokyo, Japan
  47. 80/20, Bangkok, Thailand (new)
  48. L’Effervescence, Tokyo, Japan
  49. Inua, Tokyo, Japan
  50. Nouri, Singapore