Saturday March 2, 2013
Narisawa best in Asia
Hyper-sustainable Tokyo restaurant named best in Asia.
CHEF Yoshihiro Narisawa’s eponymously named Tokyo restaurant has been hailed as the best dining destination in Asia, a newly bestowed title that’s poised to launch a banner year for the restaurant which also fetes its 10th anniversary in 2013.
The win isn’t a complete surprise, given that the two Michelin-starred restaurant Narisawa was named the Best in Asia for three consecutive years by the chefs, critics and food journalists at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, the big sister to Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards which took place in Singapore Monday night.
Covering 25 countries and regions across Asia, Singapore dominates the top 50 restaurants list, with a showing of 10 addresses, followed by Hong Kong (9), Tokyo (6) and Shanghai (5).
Meanwhile, at Narisawa, one of the restaurant’s signature dishes is pitched as the best expression of the chef’s cooking style and culinary philosophy: Wagyu rump roast marinated in leek, basted in olive oil and carbonised on the outside.
As a champion of sustainable gastronomy, Narisawa’s ingredients are sourced locally from Japanese suppliers and then transformed using classic French culinary techniques.
Guided by his love and respect for nature, the chef’s cuisine highlights seasonal ingredients which are executed with a “sense of drama” and theatricality that’s at once elegant and minimalist, say editors at Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.
To mark its 10th anniversary this year, the restaurant has also launched a special 10-course tasting menu created to evoke the “flow” of the four seasons. Dinner is ¥21,000 (RM706).
Rounding out the top five restaurants in Asia are Nihonryori Ryugin in Tokyo, which also nipped at the heels of Narisawa in the World’s 50 Best ranking in 2012, Nahm in Bangkok, Amber in Hong Kong and Restaurant André in Singapore.
Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants are decided on by an academy of 900 chefs, restaurateurs, food critics and gastronomes from around the world.
Meanwhile, the Miele Guide’s version of Asia’s Top 20 Restaurants declared Joël Robuchon’s Macau restaurant Robuchon au Dôme the best on the continent earlier this year.
For the full list, visit worlds50best.asia.