‘One to watch’

Florilège in Tokyo is the recipient of the 2016 One To Watch Award sponsored by Peroni Nastro Azzurro. For the first time in the four-year history of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, the One To Watch Award honours a restaurant that is outside the 50 Best list but is identified as the rising star of the region.

Selected by the organisers of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, in collaboration with its regional experts, the One To Watch Award acknowledges a restaurant that received a significant number of Academy votes and has the potential to break into the 50 Best list in the near future.

In previous years One To Watch winners were chosen from within the Asia’s 50 Best list, including inaugural honouree JAAN in Singapore, Tenku Ryugin in Hong Kong and last year’s La Yeon in Seoul.

William Drew, Group Editor of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, says: “Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants is committed to inspiring young talent and showcasing up-and-coming restaurants. In keeping with this goal, we adjusted the selection criteria to recognise a restaurant outside of the 50 Best ranking to emphasise the quality of young talent in the region and to shine a spotlight on a restaurant of the future.”

Florilège’s owner-chef Hiroyasu Kawate will formally accept the award at the fourth annual Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony on 29th February 2016, hosted at the W Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand.

A former sous chef at Tokyo’s Quintessence, Kawate opened Florilège in 2009. Six years later, the restaurant relocated to its current premises in Tokyo’s Shibuya district where it continues to attract in-the-know gourmands.

An intimate 22-seat restaurant, Florilège is dedicated to modern French cuisine presented with impeccable style and a Japanese sense of refinement. Chef Kawate’s attention to detail, coupled with his commitment to sourcing ingredients from Japan, creates an exceptional dining experience. While the open-plan kitchen adds a sense of theatre, the multi-course tasting menu reveals Kawate’s creativity and mastery of French cooking.

Acknowledging the award, Kawate said: “I am very flattered to be recognised by the organisers of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. The One To Watch Awardencourages our team to work harder and continue to push culinary boundaries to earn a position in the list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.”

“Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants is synonymous with the highest standards in the culinary world and we are incredibly honoured to be a partner for the third year running,” said Federico Bogna, Brand Ambassador of Peroni Nastro Azzurro. “The winner of this year’s One To Watch Award has proven itself truly deserving of the accolade by pushing the creative boundaries in gastronomy. I would like to offer my heartfelt congratulations to a rising star and one of Tokyo’s most exciting restaurants, Florilège. Here’s to great food, great beer and great people.”

Florilège

2 Chome-5-4 Jingumae

Shibuya

Tokyo 150-0001

Japan

www.aoyama-florilege.jp