Finally! Find out which Singapore restaurants are awarded Michelin stars – the pinnacle of fine dining – at this ceremony and gala dinner featuring Joel Robuchon
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There’s no denying that Singapore’s one of the most revered food capitals of the world, and we’re not just talking about its glorified hawker food culture. Not only can you find hot new tables popping up month after month – with some crowned as the best in Asia – but also major international events like World Gourmet Summit and Restaurant Week. So in a society so obsessed with food, one would contemplate why the prestige of the Michelin star hasn’t caught up with us yet. But just last night, history was made in the local food industry.
Taking place at Resorts World Sentosa – and for the first time in Singapore’s f&b community – the Michelin Guide for 2016 was revealed in Singapore. International Director of the Michelin Guides, Michael Ellis, was present at the ceremony to award restaurants in Singapore deemed worthy of the Michelin star.
This sees the Singapore f&b industry join 28 other countries in the Michelin roster, that is selected via strict criteria – quality of ingredients, mastery of cooking techniques, projection of chef’s personality in cuisine, value for money, and consistency. Big boxes to check indeed, but that’s why only the best of the best clinch these stars.
UPDATE: The results are in! A tingly sense of excitement brewed in the air, as recipients of the prestigious one-, two-, and elusive three-star awards were announced. Get your appetites ready!
A whopping 22 entries were awarded with the one-star accolade, what Michelin regards as “high quality cooking, worth a stop”. Several contemporary fine dining establishments naturally found their way on this list – European restaurant Alma, Sam Leong’s Forest, French fixture Jaan, and Tetsuya Wakuda’s Waku Ghin. Jason Tan’s Corner House also made the cut, as did Peranakan mavericks Candlenut, alongside Japanese-Italian newcomer Terra. But most startling of all – for the first time in Michelin history – two Asian street stalls shared the honour with these top-tier restos (this comes after the recent reveal of the Bib Gourmand awardees, comprising a multitude of hawker stalls). Chinatown’s Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle, and Crawford Lane’s Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle were the real stars of the night; this was truly a triumph for Singaporean hawker fare.
The two-star list was much more sparse, as it was pegged at a higher standard; Michelin regards the award as “excellent cooking, worth a detour”. Joël Robuchon bagged this with L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, as did André Chiang’s Restaurant André (recently voted #3 on Asia’s 50 best restaurants). And despite being new in the food circuit, Julien Royer’s Odette snagged this award too, and deservedly so, in our opinion.
As for the illustrious three-star award – “exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey” – Ellis reaffirmed that not every country had a restaurant with three stars, but he had “good news for Singapore”. And the sole recipient? None other than the masterchef with most Michelin stars around the world, Joël Robuchon himself and his eponymous flagship restaurant at Resorts World Sentosa. “This award means we have even more responsibilities in the future,” said Robuchon, modestly, “We have to fight hard every day to keep ourselves at the same level. The toughest work is still ahead of us”.
And here is the full list of awardees for the Michelin Guide Singapore 2016:
Alma | The Kitchen at Bacchanalia | Béni | Candlenut | Corner House | Crystal Jade Golden Palace | Cut | Forest | Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle | Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle | Jaan | Lei Garden | Osia | Putien (Kitchener Road) | Rhubarb | Shinji (Beach Road) | Shinji (Tanglin Road) | Summer Pavillion | Sushi Ichi | Terra | The Song Of India | Waku Ghin
Restaurant André | L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon | Les Amis | Odette | Shisen Hanten | Shoukouwa
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