The One To Watch Award is presented to a restaurant that shows the potential to rise up the 50 Best Restaurants list in the coming years.
Den was ranked No. 37 on Asia’s best restaurants list and it currently holds one Michelin star.
Restaurant owner Zaiyu Hasegawa began his cooking career at a ryōtei, a traditional high-end Japanese restaurant in Kagurzaka where his mother worked as a Geisha.
Hasegawa uses local, seasonal produce. He gets his produce and meats from a local network of suppliers, including his sister, who is an organic farmer.
His famous Dentucky Fried Chicken Wings are served in a fast-food box that mimics Kentucky Fried Chicken takeout.
Customers refer to the experience at Den as 'a personal and happy meal focused on the person consuming it, not on his ego as chef.'
The World's 50 Best Restaurants said that 'Zaiyu Hasegawa and his team surprise and delight their diners with delicious and entertaining takes on Japanese food.'
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