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Dewakan is crowned the Best Restaurant in Malaysia 2022 by Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants

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By Natalie Khoo

Dewakan is crowned the Best Restaurant in Malaysia 2022 by Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants

Following the announcement of the extended 51-100 List, the 10th edition of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants was finally unveiled today, with KL’s Dewakan earning the highly coveted crown of the Best Restaurant in Malaysia.

This marks the second time that the esteemed modern Malaysian restaurant has received the award since 2019, cementing its re-entry on the list at No. 50 after ranking at No. 66 on the inaugural 51-100 list last year.

Helmed by Chef Darren Teoh, Dewakan has developed a firm reputation both locally and regionally as one of the pioneers of modern Malaysian gastronomy with a penchant for highlighting underrated local produce in novel ways. The fine dining restaurant just celebrated its seventh anniversary earlier this month at its swanky home in Naza Tower, Platinum Park.


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In a celebratory post on Instagram, the restaurant took the opportunity to give a shoutout to other local establishments, naming Entier, Hide, Beta KL, and A Little Farm on the Hill, among others.


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The awards also saw Netflix star and Buddhist nun Jeong Kwan recognised for the Icon Award 2022; Hong Kong’s David Lai from Neighbourhood earning the Chefs’ Choice Award; Natsuko Shoji of Été, Tokyo named as Asia’s Best Female Chef; and Kuala Lumpur’s Eat and Cook taking home the American Express One To Watch Award.

Meanwhile, The Art of Hospitality Award went to Odette in Singapore, whilst Maira Yeo from Cloudstreet won Asia’s Best Pastry Chef. Last but not least, Taiwan’s Mume earned this year’s Sustainable Restaurant Award.

Without further ado, scroll on for the full list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022.

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Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022

1. Den, Tokyo, Japan (Best Restaurant in Japan)

2. Sorn, Bangkok, Thailand (Best in Thailand)

3. Florilége, Tokyo, Japan

4. Le Du, Bangkok, Thailand

5. The Chairman, Hong Kong (Best in China)

6. La Cime, Osaka, Japan

7. Sühring, Bangkok, Thailand

8. Odette, Singapore (Art of Hospitality Award and Best Restaurant in Singapore)

9. Neighbourhood, Hong Kong

10. Nusara, Bangkok, Thailand

11. Sazenka, Tokyo, Japan

12. Fu He Hui, Shanghai, China

13. Ode, Tokyo, Japan (Highest Climber Award)

14. Villa Aida, Wakayama, Japan* (Highest New Entry)

15. Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan

16. Mingles, Seoul, South Korea (Best Restaurant in Korea)

17. Sézanne, Tokyo, Japan

18. Joo Ok, Seoul, South Korea

19. Ensue, Shenzhen, China

20. Meta, Singapore

21. Masque, Mumbai, India (Best Restaurant in India)

22. Indian Accent, New Delhi, India

23. Les Amis, Singapore

24. Caprice, Hong Kong

25. Blue by Alain Ducasse, Bangkok, Thailand*

26. 7th Door, Seoul, South Korea

27. Mosu, Seoul, South Korea

28. Da Vittorio, Shanghai, China*

29. Sushi Masato, Bangkok, Thailand

30. Onjium, Seoul, South Korea

31. Samrub Samrub Thai, Bangkok, Thailand*

32. Mono, Hong Kong

33. Gaa, Bangkok, Thailand

34. Wing, Hong Kong*

35. Ministry of Crab, Colombo, Sri Lanka (Best Restaurant in Sri Lanka)

36. La Maison de la Nature Goh, Fukuoka, Japan

37. Zén, Singapore

38. Logy, Taipei, Taiwan

39. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai, China

40. Labyrinth, Singapore

41. Burnt Ends, Singapore

42. Été, Tokyo, Japan

43. Cenci, Kyoto, Japan

44. Cloudstreet, Singapore

45. JL Studio, Taichung, Taiwan

46. Raan Jay Fai, Bangkok, Thailand

47. Wing Lei Palace, Macau, China

48. 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong

49. Megu, New Delhi, India

50. Dewakan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (The Best Restaurant in Malaysia)

*represents new entries

Watch a recap of the awards ceremony in the video above. Visit Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants‘ Facebook page, the Worlds50Best Youtube channel or @TheWorlds50Best on Instagram for more information and updates.

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