Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2020

The much-anticipated eighth edition of the Asia's 50 Best Restaurants list was unveiled today. In light of the ongoing spread of COVID-19 and travel restrictions across Asia, the winners were revealed online, in place of a glitzy awards ceremony originally slated to be held in Japan's Saga Prefecture.

At 4pm today (Singapore time), the countdown began through a virtual ceremony streamed live on Asia's 50 Best Restaurants' Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Addressing the online audience at the start of the ceremony, William Drew, Director of Content of The World's 50 Best Restaurants, said: Today, the hospitality sector, just as the world as a whole, is experiencing unprecedented challenge due to the COVID-19 virus. We know that many millions of people are suffering all across the world right now. Our first thoughts and best wishes go out to those so adversely affected by this crisis.

Today’s announcement is not a celebration. The objective is one of recognition. This time, more than ever, the restaurant sector needs support. Recognising the hard work and talent of teams and individuals remains valid. Showing a sense of community and mutual respect also feels important. We obviously discussed whether we should go ahead announcing this year’s list and awards... The decision to proceed was made after consulting with chefs and restaurateurs and other leading figures in gastronomy across Asia.

So today is about supporting Asia. The list and awards aim to offer some small rays of positivity even in these dark days. So let’s keep our community connected, united and prepared for eventual recovery once the situation improves.

In the hour-long livestream, Singapore's Odette took the crown for the second year running.

Full list:

1. Odette, Singapore

2. The Chairman, Hong Kong

3. Den, Tokyo

4. Belon, Hong Kong

5. Burnt Ends, Singapore

6. Suhring, Bangkok

7. Florilege, Tokyo

8. Le Du, Bangkok

9. Narisawa, Tokyo

10. La Cime, Osaka

11. Les Amis, Singapore

12. Vea, Hong Kong

13. Indian Accent, New Delhi

14. Mingles, Seoul

15. Gaa, Bangkok

16. Sorn, Bangkok

17. Il Ristorante Luca Fantin, Tokyo

18. Mume, Taipei

19. Neighborhood, Hong Kong

20. Fu He Hui, Shanghai

21. Jaan by Kirk Westaway, Singapore

22. Wing Lei Palace, Macau

23. Sichuan Moon, Macau

24. Nihonryori Ryugin, Tokyo

25. Seventh Son, Hong Kong

26. JL Studio, Taichung

27. Toctoc, Seou

28. Zen, Singapore

29. Sazenka, Tokyo

30. Ministry of Crab, Colombo

31. Amber, Hong Kong

32. 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong

33. Lung King Heen, Hong Kong

34. Hansikganggan, Seoul

35. Ode, Tokyo

36. Raw, Taipei

37. Locavore, Bali

38. Paste, Bangkok

39. Bo.lan, Bangkok

40. La Maison de la Nature Goh, Fukuoka

41. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai

42. Corner House, Singapore

43. Shoun RyuGin, Taipei

44. Toyo Eatery, Manila

45. Bukhara, New Delhi

46. Sushi Saito, Tokyo

47. 80/20, Bangkok

48. L’Effervescence, Tokyo

49. Inua, Tokyo

50. Nouri, Singapore