Photo: Four Seasons MarunouchiSézanne, No 37 on World's 50 Best Restaurants 2023

3 Tokyo restaurants are in the World's 50 Best Restaurants 2023 list

This year’s No 1 restaurant, which is in Peru, also has an interesting connection to Tokyo

Emma Steen
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Emma Steen

The much-anticipated ranking of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants has been unveiled once again, shining a spotlight on the most exceptional culinary destinations across the globe. Tokyo, with its vibrant food scene and impeccable culinary finesse, has been honoured yet again, boasting three Michelin-starred establishments on the prestigious list.

Photo: Maz

Interestingly, this year's victor, restaurant Central in Lima, Peru, has a compelling tie with Tokyo. Chef Virgilio Martínez broadened Central's reach beyond Peru last year, launching its sister restaurant, Maz, in Tokyo and harmoniously fusing Peruvian and Japanese culinary artistry.

Photo: Den

As for Tokyo's representatives, Den has secured its spot at No 21. As a staple on the 50 Best Lists, this modern Japanese restaurant in Jingumae is celebrated for its innovative interpretation of kaiseki cuisine.

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Photo: Florilège

Meanwhile, Florilège, a French-Japanese fusion restaurant in Jingumae, climbed to No 27 from last year’s position at No 30. A note for eager fans, however – the restaurant will soon be pausing operations temporarily for relocation and renewal. Its last service is slated for next month, on July 20. This pause could prove to be a culinary cliffhanger as diners worldwide anticipate what chef-owner Hiroyasu Kawate will bring to the table post-renovation – potentially driving the restaurant even higher in next year's rankings.

Photo: Four Seasons MarunouchiSézanne

Lastly, taking the No 37 spot is Sézanne, another testament to Tokyo's culinary prominence on the global stage.

Beyond the top 50, the World's 50 Best Restaurants also released a supplementary list of 50 additional restaurants. Three Japanese establishments earned their spots, with two in Tokyo and one in Osaka:

51. Narisawa (Tokyo)
60. La Cime (Osaka)
73. Sazenka (Tokyo)

These rankings are the result of the collective votes of over 1,000 judges, with votes cast in the preceding year being considered, alongside a fresh round of voting conducted earlier this year. Judges evaluated only restaurants in their respective regions for this year's selection.

For the complete 2023 World's 50 Best Restaurants list, check the website here.

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