The announcement of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022 list saw Den in Tokyo take the top position, as last year's winner The Chairman in Hong Kong fell to fifth place. Rounding out the top five were two restaurants in Bangkok—Sorn (#2) and Le Du (#4), and fellow Tokyo restaurant Florilège (#3).
Den has risen steadily up the ranks of Asia's 50 Best since its debut in 2016 at #37 to last year's ranking at #3. It is one of the 11 restaurants from Japan that dominate this year's list, though this is only the second time that a restaurant from Japan has claimed the title of the Best Restaurant in Asia—the last time was Narisawa in 2013.
Representation on the list was also high from Thailand with nine restaurants featured, including new entries Nusara (#10), Blue by Alain Ducasse (#25), Sushi Masato (#29), Samrub Samrub Thai (#31) and Raan Jay Fai (#46). Singapore followed closely behind with seven restaurants including new entry Meta (#20), which received the One To Watch award in 2021; and Hong Kong with six including new entry Wing (#34).
South Korea had five restaurants on this year's list, of which three—Joo Ok (#18), Mosu (#27) and Onjium (#30)—were new entries. Ensue (#19) in Shenzhen was a newcomer for China, alongside Da Vittorio in Shanghai, while Megu (#49) in New Delhi was a fresh face on the list for India.