Tokyo's Shinjuku area

Tokyo's Shinjuku area (Kyodo Handout)

Chef Yoshihiro Narisawa's Tokyo establishment Narisawa sits at the top spot in the inaugural list of Asia's 50 Best Restaurants, announced recently in Singapore.

The World's 50 Best Asia is published by the World's 50 Best Restaurants awards. Nihonryori RyuGin of Tokyo came second, followed by Nahm of Bangkok in third place; Amber of Hong Kong in fourth; and Restaurant Andre of Singapore in fifth.

Paul Pairet of Ultraviolet and Mr & Mrs Bund of Shanghai won the lifetime achievement award. Duongporn "Bo" Songvisava, of Bo.lan, in Bangkok, was named Asia's best female chef and Jaan restaurant in Singapore was named one to watch.

The 50 Best list follows the publication of the Miele Guide's Top 20 restaurants in Asia. The top five in that list were Robuchon au Dome of Macau; Waku Ghin of Singapore; L'Atelier of Hong Kong; Iggy's of Singapore; and Mozaic of Bali.

The top 50

1. Narisawa, Tokyo

2. Nihonryori RyuGin, Tokyo

3. Nahm, Bangkok

4. Amber, Hong Kong

5. Restaurant Andre, Singapore

6. 81/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong

7. Mr & Mrs Bund, Shanghai

8. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai

9. Iggy's, Singapore

10. Gaggan, Bangkok

11. Waku Ghin, Singapore

12. Caprice, Hong Kong

13. Lung King Heen, Hong Kong

14. Les Amis, Singapore

15. Bo Innovation, Hong Kong