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Two restaurants in Tokyo were included on an annual list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, in 11th and 22nd place, respectively, in a ceremony Tuesday in Singapore.

Japanese restaurant Den jumped six places from 17th last year and won the list’s Art of Hospitality Award for best service. Fusion cuisine restaurant Narisawa stayed at 22nd.

Mirazur in southern France took first place, while Gaggan, an Indian restaurant in Bangkok, placed the highest in Asia at fourth.

Den chef Zaiyu Hasegawa “offers an elevated, deeply personal take on Japanese home cooking,” according to the organizer’s website.

“I value the customer’s experience more than anything,” Hasegawa, 41, said during a post-ceremony interview. “I’d like to further enhance (their) enjoyment of Japanese food.”

This year marks the annual list’s 18th year.

In line with COVID-19 guidelines, the government is strongly requesting that residents and visitors exercise caution if they choose to visit bars, restaurants, music venues and other public spaces.

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