Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants will finally return with an in-person awards ceremony on Mar. 28 in Singapore, the first complete gathering of Asia’s gastronomic community since 2019. Last year saw the reveal of the list celebrated with a series of live events across multiple cities in Asia, including Bangkok, Hong Kong, and Tokyo.

Apart from celebrating the region’s culinary traditions, innovations, and achievements, the awards and event program also marks the the 10-year anniversary of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, which debuted in the Lion City in 2013.

“It is fitting that we are returning to the city where Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants was launched in 2013 and further reinforces our original aim: to celebrate great restaurants, great chefs and reward culinary excellence across the continent,” says director of content William Drew.

Zaiyu Hasegawa, chef and owner of Tokyo's Den, Asia's best restaurant in 2022
Zaiyu Hasegawa, chef and owner of Tokyo’s Den, Asia’s best restaurant in 2022

Highlights for the program in Singapore will include the first Asia-based version of 50 Best Signature Sessions, a series of collaborative dining events—featuring chefs from across the globe teaming up with local talent—that will be open to the public. The traditional Chefs’ Feast will showcase the finest produce and cooking from the region, while the awards evening on the Mar. 28 will feature red-carpet arrivals and interviews, a cocktail reception, and the ceremony and countdown itself.

Continuing its customs, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants will hand out a series of special awards, including Asia’s Best Female Chef, the Icon Award–Asia, and the One to Watch Award, as well as announce the list of restaurants ranked from 51 to 100 prior to the awards ceremony.

In 2022, Tokyo’s Den was proclaimed the best restaurant in Asia, the first Japanese restaurant to hold the top spot since 2013. Locally, three Philippine restaurants made it to the Top 100: Gallery by Chele at 69th, Antonio’s at 74th, and Toyo Eatery at 94th.