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Spirits were high after last week’s Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony, which took place on March 27 at the Wynn Palace hotel in Macau. Japan’s presence was the country’s strongest to date, with 11 restaurants ranking on the list — including four venues in the award’s top 10. But at the poolside celebration following the event, Japan was in the spotlight for another, more intoxicating reason.

While there I was in conversation with May Chow, owner and chef of Hong Kong’s Little Bao. “You have to check out the sake bar. It’s amazing,” she said, pointing to a crowded counter beside the terrace.

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