More Singapore eateries awarded the prestigious Michelin star-ratings

Thirty Singapore eateries awarded Michelin one-star ratings at the MICHELIN guide Singapore star event on Thursday (29 June). (Photo: Audrey Kang/ Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore)
Thirty Singapore eateries were awarded Michelin one-star ratings at the MICHELIN guide Singapore star event on Thursday (29 June). (Photo: Audrey Kang/ Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore)

Thirty-eight Singapore eateries were awarded Michelin star-ratings at the second MICHELIN guide Singapore star event on Thursday evening (29 June).

The event, held at The Fullerton Hotel, saw an increase in the number of local restaurants and hawkers that were awarded the coveted star-ratings. Last year, 29 eateries were given the accolade.

Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle and Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle at 335 Smith Street retained their one-star ratings. The two eateries were in the media spotlight last year after they became the first hawkers in the world to be given the ratings.

Japanese restaurant Waku Ghin was awarded two stars, after being given a one-star rating last year. It was the only eatery from last year’s MICHELIN edition to get an additional star.

There were 11 new one-star rating recipients this year, such as contemporary Australian restaurant Cheek By Jowl and Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine.

Thirty Singapore eateries awarded Michelin one-star ratings at the MICHELIN guide Singapore star event on Thursday (29 June). (Photo: Audrey Kang/ Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore)
Thirty Singapore eateries were awarded Michelin one-star ratings at the MICHELIN guide Singapore star event on Thursday (29 June). (Photo: Audrey Kang/ Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore)

South Korean chef Sun Kim from Meta, a restaurant that serves French-inspired cuisine with an Asian twist, said it was an “amazing feeling” getting the award.

“It was my dream (to be awarded a Michelin star) and dreams come true. But it’s not only me, all my team deserve it. I’ve been working in this industry for more than 10 years, I think this is really special,” he said.

Haikal Johari, chef of Alma by Juan Amador at Goodwood Park Hotel, said he was elated that the Spanish restaurant was able to maintain its one-star rating. The 40-year-old Singaporean took over the kitchen from French chef Christophe Lerouy.

“Happy and grateful to the people who have been supporting me. Colleagues, boss and everyone. And also to Amador, who has the confidence in me to run the show in Singapore. We plan to do much better food in the future,” said Haikal.

Michael Ellis, the international director for Michelin Guides, said that he has been impressed by the quality of cuisine in Singapore in the past two years.

“When we started this project over two years ago, we were convinced we were able to come up with a great guide… What we were unprepared for was the depth, complexity and breadth of the Singapore dining scene.

“Singaporeans in my experience are arguably the world’s most passionate food lovers. They almost get into fist fights over who makes the best laksa, or the best chicken rice or the best curry puffs,” Ellis said.

The Singapore edition of the iconic food guide, founded by French tyre company Michelin, is developed and operated by Robert Parker Wine Advocate with the support of the Singapore Tourism Board (STB).

Local eateries are assessed by Michelin inspectors on quality, mastery of flavour and cooking techniques, chef’s personality in the cuisine, value for money and quality consistency between visits.

At the end of the assessment, the chosen eateries will be rewarded with one-, two- and three- star ratings, and will be listed in the MICHELIN guide Singapore.

Ranita Sundra, director of STB’s attractions, dining and retail experience development group, said, “The restaurants that have been awarded represent some of the best across Singapore’s richly-textured dining landscape – from fine dining, to street food, to traditional cultural cuisines. We are optimistic that the presence of the guide will spur a rise in gastro tourism and raise the overall quality and vibrancy of Singapore’s dining scene.”

Six restaurants retained their two-star Michelin ratings while Waku Ghin was given the two-star rating, an improvement after its one-star rating in 2016. (Photo: Audrey Kang/ Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore)
Six restaurants retained their two-star Michelin ratings while Waku Ghin was given the two-star rating, an improvement after its one-star rating in 2016. (Photo: Audrey Kang/ Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore)

Here’s the full list of Michelin three-star, two-star and one-star restaurants and hawker stalls in Singapore for 2017:

Three-star: 1. Joel Robuchon

Two-star: 1. Andre 2. L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon 3. Les Amis 4. Odette 5. Waku Ghin 6. Shisen Hanten 7. Shoukouwa

One-star: 1. Alma by Juan Amador 2. Beni 3. Candlenut 4. Corner House 5. Crystal Jade Golden Palace 6. CUT by Wolfgang Puck 7. Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle 8. JAAN 9. Lei Garden 10. Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle [335 Smith Street] 11. Osia 12. PUTIEN 13. Rhubarb 14. Shinji (Bras Basah Road) 15. Shinji (Tanglin Road) 16. Summer Pavillion 17. Sushi Ichi 18. The Kitchen at Bacchanalia 19. The Song of India 20. Braci (new) 21. Cheek By Jowl (new) 22. Chef Kang (new) 23. Garibaldi (new) 24 Iggy’s (new) 25. Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine (new) 26. Labyrinth (new) 27. Meta (new) 28. Saint Pierre (new) 29. Summer Palace (new) 30. Whitegrass (new)

Joel Robuchon retains its three-star rating for this year's Michelin guide Singapore. (Photo: Audrey Kang/Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore)
Joel Robuchon retains its three-star rating for this year’s Michelin guide Singapore. (Photo: Audrey Kang/Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore)

Here is last year’s list of Singapore eateries that were awarded star-ratings:

Three-star: 1. Joel Robuchon

Two-star: 1. Andre 2. L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon 3. Odette 4. Shisen Hanten 5. Shoukouwa 6. Les Amis

One-star: 1. Alma 2. The Kitchen at Bacchanalia 3. Beni 4. Candlenut 5. Corner House 6. Crystal Jade Golden Palace 7. Cut by Wolfgang Puck 8. Forest 9. Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle 10. Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle 11. Jaan 12. Lei Garden 13. Osia 14. Putien (Kitchener Road) 15. Rhubarb 16. Shinji (Beach Road) 17. Shinji (Tanglin Road) 18. Summer Pavilion 19. Sushi Ichi 20. Terra 21. The Song of India 22. Waku Ghin

The MICHELIN guide Singapore 2017 star event was attended by several chefs as well as members of the public who paid S$595++ per pax. Attendees were served a five-course wine-pairing dinner prepared by Singapore chefs Leong Chee Yeng from Jade, Cheung Siu Kong from Summer Pavilion, Sandro Falbo from Forlino and Jason Tan from Corner House, as well as chefs Tam Kwok Fung from Macau’s Jade Dragon as well as Curtis Duffy from USA’s Grace.

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