Japan Takes First Place: 11 Restaurants Recognized in Asia's 50 Bests Restaurants 2022

By The byFood Team
Updated: October 20, 2023

Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2022 award ceremony was held simultaneously in Tokyo, Macao, and Bangkok on March 29th. The event recognized restaurants from across Asia for their culinary achievements in gastronomy. 

Tokyo-based restaurant Den was selected as the winner. This is the second time a Japan-based restaurant has been recognized for first place. Den is known for its creative contemporary take on classic Japanese kaiseki and welcoming atmosphere. 

Chef Zaiyu Hasegawa at the Asia's 50 Bests Restaurants 2022 award ceremony in Tokyo

Natsuko Shoji, previously a winner of the Best Pastry Chef Award, was named the Best Female Chef. She owns the restaurant Été, which first opened in 2014 when she was only 24 years old. Shojo is the first chef to win both of these tiles in 50 Best. 

Chef Natsuko Shoji at the at the Asia's 50 Bests Restaurants 2022 award ceremony in Tokyo

Another highlight for Japan was the Highest New Entry Award. Villa Aida, located in Wakayama prefecture, was ranked at an impressive 14 out of 50 as a new entry. 

Ode in Tokyo follows Vill Aida, coming in 13th place, recognized with the Highest Climber Award. 

The Winners from Japan

Below are the 11 restaurants in Japan that were selected as part of Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2022:

No.43 Cenci Kyoto, Japan

No.42 Été Tokyo, Japan

No.36 La Maison de la Nature Goh Fukuoka, Japan

No.17 Sézanne Tokyo, Japan

No.15 Narisawa Tokyo, Japan

No.14 Villa Aida Wakayama, Japan

No.13 Ode, Tokyo, Japan

No.11 Sazenka Tokyo, Japan

No.6 La Cime Osaka, Japan

No.3 Florilège Tokyo, Japan

No.1 Den Tokyo, Japan

Salad at Den

We strive to be as accurate as possible and keep up with the changing landscape of Japan's food and travel industries. If you spot any inaccuracies, please send a report.
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