As we gear up for Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022 – which will be announced during an online ceremony simultaneously streaming from Bangkok, Macau, and Tokyo on YouTube and Facebook on Tuesday, March 29 (6pm HKT) – we need to celebrate the 10 Hong Kong restaurants that have shown up on the 51-100 list. The list was released this week, ahead of the annual awards ceremony recognizing the best restaurants in Asia.
The list is formed via voting by the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, consisting of 53 members in six regions across APAC. In 2021 and 2022, Academy members voted for eight restaurants each with no obligation to vote for restaurants outside their country due to travel restrictions. Prior to 2021, members were required to nominate at least four eateries outside their country.
Hong Kong claimed the most out of any city on the 51-100 list, of which six were new entries. Mainland China claimed six spots and Macau had three. Singapore and Taiwan both had five restaurants each, India saw six entries, and Thailand saw four.
Which 10 Hong Kong restaurants appear on the 51-100 list?
Sushi Hare: Coming in at No. 98 is newcomer in the omakase scene, Sushi Hare. Helmed by master sushi chef Motoharu Inazuka, this unassuming yet impossible to book spot serves Edomae-style sushi with innovative touches. G/F, 29-31 Bridges St, Sheung Wan | +852 3008 4606
Chaat: No. 96 is Rosewood’s famed Indian offering headed by Chef Manav Tuli. Having taken the restaurant scene by storm, Chaat features elevated dishes from across India, each with a contemporary twist. 5/F, Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui | +852 5239 9220
L’Envol: Another new entry, at No. 88 is Olivier Elzer’s take on modern French gastronomy. The open kitchen, inside the St. Regis, also has two Michelin stars to its name! St. Regis, 1 Harbour Dr, Wan Chai | +852 2138 6818
Amber: Leader in eco-friendly initiatives, and previously No. 37 in the top 50, this French restaurant has it all. While it has dropped to number 83, it still continues to redefine French cuisine for a modern audience. 7/F, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Rd, Central | +852 2132 0066
Bȃtard: This new restaurant, coming in at No. 82, combines the Fine Wine Experience’s passion for wine, and Piccolo Concepts’ passion for food. Their approach is French cuisine elevated to pair with the world’s finest wines. Inside The Fine Wine Experience, Shop E, 165-166 Connaught Rd West, Sai Ying Pun | +852 2318 1802
Xin Rong Ji: New entry Xin Rong Ji appears at No. 77. The Taizhou restaurant sources most of its ingredients from its own farm facilities, providing an exceptional seasonal vegetable and seafood menu. 1/F & G/F, China Overseas Building, 138 Lockhart Rd, Wan Chai | +852 3462 3516
Godenya: Up next at No. 64 is another new entry, by Chef Goshima Shinya. This Japanese master has recreated his beloved Tokyo restaurant in Hong Kong, showcasing to the world what sake has to offer, paired of course with hyper-seasonal omakase. Upper G/F, 182 Wellington St, Central | +852 6713 5917
VEA: Hong Kong-style fine dining, as presented by Chef Vicky Cheng, who combines his Chinese heritage with his French training. VEA has fallen from No. 16 in 2021 to No. 63. 30F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington St, Central | +852 2711 8639
Ta Vie: Marrying Japanese and French cuisines, from the name itself to the ingredients and techniques, Chef Hideaki Sato is a mastermind with a core philosophy, “pure, simple and seasonal.” The restaurant is at No. 60 this year, falling from No. 38.2/F, The Pottinger, 74 Queen’s Rd C, Central | +852 2668 6488.
Seventh Son: At No. 53, this historical Cantonese restaurant is the highest ranked Hong Kong restaurant in the 51-100 list. Named after Chui Wai-kwan, the seventh son of the legendary cook Chui Fuk-chuen, this restaurant highlights Cantonese classics. 57-73 Lockhart Rd, Wan Chai | +852 2892 2888
Header image credits: L’Envol