Asia’s 50 Best restaurants of 2022: Den, Sorn and Florilège snag top awards

La Cime in Osaka, Sazenka and Ode in Tokyo plus many other TableCheck clients made this year's 50 cut

Tuesday Gutierrez

Tuesday Gutierrez

Mar 31, 2022 - 3 min read

Asia’s 50 Best restaurants of 2022: Den, Sorn and Florilège snag top awards
The awards ceremony of Asia's 50 Best Restaurants. Photo Credit: The World's 50 Best

After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Asia’s 50 Best restaurants have returned to the scene with in-person celebrations happening simultaneously in India, Bangkok, Singapore/China, Macau, and Tokyo.

During the March 29 awards ceremony, Tokyo’s Den has been crowned the Best Restaurant in Asia. It’s the first time a Tokyo restaurant has been named the best restaurant in the region.

It was followed by Bangkok’s Sorn at no. 2, which has risen 9 spots from being no 11 in 2021. Led by chef-proprietor Supaksorn ‘Ice’ Jongsiri, Sorn has been consistently picking up awards since it opened in 2018 and also earned two-Michelin stars in 2020. 

Following Sorn is Florilege, another restaurant in Tokyo helmed by famed Chef Hiroyasu Kawate, which takes the third spot as Asia’s 50 Best. Both Sorn and Florilège use TableCheck to ensure that they deliver only award-winning guest experiences to their clientele.

Sorn is the best restaurant in Thailand and also is no. 2 on the overall 50 list. Photo Credit: The World's 50 Best

TableCheck’s clients land Asia’s 50 Best list

Apart from Sorn and Florilège, other restaurants that are TableCheck clients entered this year’s Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.

Here’s a full list of all TableCheck clients that made the list: 

  • No. 2 is Sorn in Bangkok, Thailand

  • No. 3 is Florilège in Tokyo, Japan

  • No. 6 is La Cime in Osaka, Japan

  • No. 11 is Sazenka in Tokyo, Japan

  • No. 13 is Ode in Tokyo, Japan

  • No. 19 is Ensue in Shenzhen, China

  • No. 29 is Sushi Masato in Bangkok, Thailand

CEO Yu Taniguchi, who was also present during the awards ceremony in Tokyo, Japan said: 

“I want to congratulate everyone, especially our clients, who have been recognized at Asia’s 50 Best awards this year. Being a part of this prestigious list is extremely gratifying for any restaurant, especially at a time when we are all rallying for the whole F&B industry to bounce back due to the pandemic. For us in TableCheck, we will continue to support our clients and empower them to bring their business to the next level.”

Tokyo event
The award winners at the Tokyo event. Photo Credit: The World's 50 Best

No. 2: Sorn - Bangkok Thailand

Sorn is known for its fine dining take on Southern Thai cuisine. It offers 22-course meals inspired by long-lost regional dishes that are cooked only with sustainable ingredients.

Sorn uses TableCheck not only to power its bookings once a month but also when they want to connect and inform guests about their marketing promotions.

It is beyond our expectations and we are extremely appreciative to be in the 2nd ranking of Asia’s 50 best. Thank you so much to all of you who are always supporting us, and deepest thanks to @theworlds50best for all of the opportunities, especially, for allowing us to enhance and present Thai food in Thai authentic flavor to guests from all over the world.

– The Sorn team posted on their Instagram account

No. 3: Florilège in Tokyo Japan

Florilège was No. 39 in 2021 and now has achieved third place in Asia's 50 Best restaurant list. Just like Sorn, Chef Hiroyasu Kawate of Florilège only cooks dishes using ingredients sourced from suppliers with whom he has cultivated a good relationship.

To manage tables seamlessly in their restaurant, Florilège uses TableCheck. They also use Contactless Pay in combination with TableCheck's guest recognition CTI feature that helps them personalize their interactions with their guests even before they arrive at their restaurant.

First of all, thanks to the staff who put up with the hard work. Thank you to our customers for their overwhelming support. Thank you to everyone who supported us with great food. Thank you to all the vendors that are helping us keep Florilège running. And thank you to all my friends and family around the world for always supporting me. Nothing but gratitude for this 3rd rank.

– Chef Hiroyasu Kawate said on Florilège's Facebook account

No. 6: La Cime in Osaka, Japan

La Cime was set up by Chef Yusuke Takada who trained and worked in France for Michelin-starred restaurants Taillevent and Le Meurice. At La Cime, Takada brings out the very best of French cuisine to marry it with Japanese ingredients, to foster a contemporary take on French-Japanese cuisine.

La Cime provides the best dining experience for guests by using TableCheck's table management system and Contactless Pay.

No. 11: Sazenka in Tokyo, Japan

Located in the residential area of Minami Azabu in Tokyo, Sazenka offers a culinary marriage between Japanese and Chinese traditions and is led by chef Tomoya Kawata.

No. 13: Ode in Tokyo Japan

Chef Yusuke Namai’s Ode restaurant jumped from no 27 in 2021 to no 13 in 2022. It may be attributed to all the colorful and contemporary tasting menus that not only are experimental but always delight and surprise guests. Aside from taking the no 13 spot, Ode also took the Highest climber award.

It is a great honor to be recognized for the achievements of working hard with the staff with the goal of "Challenge to new creation" [and] "Challenge the world".

– Team Ode posted on their Instagram account

No. 19: Ensue in Shenzhen, China

Run by Canadian chef Miles Pundsack-Poe, Ensue’s cuisine reflects Californian vibes served using organic products and ingredients and Chinese cooking techniques. 

We are truly honored to be ranked #19 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022 and to be the first restaurant from Shenzhen and South China to enter the list. Thank you for your support and recognition. Ensue will continue to shine a light on Chinese ingredients and promote to guests from all corners of the country on the importance of sustainability and local culture.

– Team Ensue posted on their Instagram account

No. 29: Sushi Masato Bangkok Thailand

Sushi Masato is an omakase sushi bar led by Chef Masato Shimizu after working in Japan and New York, USA. The restaurant serves as an oasis hidden from the busy district of Bangkok. 

Sushi Masato uses TableCheck's table management system to ensure that guests only receive an authentic omakase dining experience.

For me, omakase is the ultimate experience. It's not only about eating delicious food but also having pleasure through friendly service, conversation, and atmosphere.

– Chef Masato Shimizu said on his restaurant website.

Tuesday Gutierrez

About the Author

Tuesday Gutierrez is TableCheck's Senior Content Manager. She believes in the power of food and the dining experience to connect and build communities. At TableCheck, she explores the inspiring world of hospitality, restaurants, and the people behind them.

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