The Michelin Guide Singapore – My thoughts…

The Michelin guide for Singapore is finally out, after such a long wait, after so many Michelin starred chefs have opened their restaurants here, and after Sg has long been known to have an eclectic range of cuisines. There goes the list:

ONE STAR *

Alma by Juan Amador, Goodwood Park Hotel

The Kitchen at Bacchanalia, HongKong Street

Beni, Mandarin Gallery

Candlenut, New Bridge Road (Favourite)

Corner House, Botanic Gardens

Crystal Jade Golden Palace, Paragon Shopping Centre

CUT by Wolfgang Puck, Marina Bay Sands

Forest, Resorts World Sentosa

Jaan, Swissotel The Stamford

Lei Garden, Chijmes

Osia, Resorts World Sentosa

Putien, Kitchener Road

Rhubarb Le Restaurant, Duxton Hill (Favourite)

Shinji by Kanesaka, Raffles Hotel (Favourite)

Shinji by Kanesaka, The St Regis Singapore

Summer Pavilion, The Ritz-Carlton Millenia

Sushi Ichi, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel

Terra Tokyo-Italian, Tras Street

The Song Of India, Scotts Road (Favourite)

Waku Ghin, Marina Bay Sands

TWO STARS **

Restaurant Andre, Bukit Pasoh Road (Favourite)

L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Resorts World Sentosa

Les Amis, Shaw Centre, Scotts Road

Odette, National Gallery Singapore

Shisen Hanten by Chen Kentaro, Mandarin Orchard Singapore

Shoukouwa, One Fullerton

THREE STARS ***

Restaurant Joel Robuchon

My thoughts – I have my reservations when a large proportion of restaurants came from the Resort World Sentosa, who coincidentally is a partner to the guide. Kudos to the inclusion of hawker stalls and the Michelin team for paying homage to some really good local cuisine restaurants such as Candlenut which I felt totally deserve such a prestigious accolade. Out of the 29 starred eateries, 15 were visited so far and while some felt a little contentious, I reckon others should deserve more (such as Andre and I believe Waku Ghin might have felt that slap when it was awarded with only a star). And if I may, sum up the list of restaurants, it would be grouped easily into three broad categories as the Japanese, French and local cuisines are pretty much well covered; while the glaring under representation of Cantonese restaurants which are actually highly popular amongst Singaporeans and have a significant presence in Singapore, has left me bewildered at the  2 choices from the guide (where did yan ting or mitzo go I ask?)

A double approval to those labelled as my favourites out of the 15 that I have visited and my heartfelt congratulations go all out to them. Now that the relatively short list is out, I really hope that there will be an expansion in the years to come as there are some very good restaurants out there awaiting to be discovered, that are actually, in my humble opinion, better than some who got into the list. The Cantonese category is definitely lacking of legit restaurants, if I may reiterate.

Then again, the unveiling of the honourable Michelin guide in the fourth city in Asia, has definitely boosted the vibrancy of this sunny island! We just hope that this wouldn’t just remain as a tourist guide, but one that most locals would resonate with!

Disclaimer: whatever that has been written here is merely just my thoughts and is by no means, meant as a demeaning remark to any party. Anyway, food is always subjective, isn’t it?

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