Thursday, 21 July 2016

Michelin Guide Singapore

THE 2016 MICHELIN GUIDE SINGAPORE – 27 RESTAURANTS AND 2 HAWKERS AWARDED

The Michelin Guide Singapore has just announced the list of restaurants who have been awarded the Michelin star(s). This news is much anticipated and we are sure you are as stoked and curious as we are.

When the Michelin Guide Singapore released its Bib Gourmand Awards 2016 last week, it received mixed comments. While some are happy that our hardworking local hawker masters are finally getting the recognition that they deserve, many others lamented at the fact that the list hardly represents the best hawker stalls in Singapore.

With today’s announcement, more Singapore names will join the coveted list. And whether you agree with this list or not, the Michelin-starred restaurants in Singapore will have attention all on them, and see more patrons in the next few months. Here, we share the 2016 Michelin Guide Singapore.

THE 2016 SINGAPORE MICHELIN 3-STAR RESTAURANTS (Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey):
  1. JOËL ROBUCHON RESTAURANT
THE 2016 SINGAPORE MICHELIN 2-STAR RESTAURANTS (Excellent cuisine, worth a detour):
  1. L’ATELIER DE JOËL ROBUCHON
  2. LES AMIS
  3. ODETTE
  4. RESTAURANT ANDRE
  5. SHISEN HANTEN
  6. SHOUKOUWA
THE 2016 SINGAPORE 1 MICHELIN STAR RESTAURANTS (A very good restaurant in its category):
  1. ALMA
  2. BENI
  3. CANDLENUT
  4. CORNER HOUSE
  5. CRYSTAL JADE GOLDEN PALACE
  6. CUT BY WOLFGANG PUCK
  7. FOREST
  8. JAAN
  9. LEI GARDEN
  10. OSIA
  11. PUTIEN
  12. RHUBARD
  13. SHINJI BY KANESAKA AT RAFFLES HOTEL
  14. SHINJI BY KANESAKA AT THE ST. REGIS SINGAPORE
  15. SUMMER PAVILION
  16. SUSHI ICHI
  17. TERRA
  18. THE KITCHEN BY BACCHANALIA
  19. THE SONG OF INDIA
  20. WAKU GHIN
THE 2016 SINGAPORE 1 MICHELIN STAR HAWKERS:
  1. HILL STREET TAI HWA PORK NOODLE
  2. HONG KONG SOYA SAUCE CHICKEN RICE AND NOODLE
related: MICHELIN GUIDE SINGAPORE BIB GOURMAND 2016 – 34 RESTAURANTS AND HAWKERS AWARDED

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Hawker stars, Australian and Peranakan fare celebrated in inaugural 2016 Michelin Guide Singapore
Singapore is now home to the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred eateries

Michelin has officially released the full selection of its 2016 Michelin Guide Singapore, the inaugural edition for the food-obsessed city-state and the Michelin Guide's only Southeast Asian publication.

Revealed to much fanfare at an awards ceremony-cum-black tie gala dinner held at the Resorts World Sentosa ballroom on 21 July, the results checked off several world-firsts in the 115-year history of the global dining guide: Peranakan and Australian restaurants have been recognised for the first time, while not one but two humble street food stalls made their debut in the guide's highly coveted Michelin starred ranks.

Out of the approximately 140 selections in the guide, which spans more than 35 different cuisine categories and food establishments of every stripe (from food stalls in traditional hawkers centres to cze char eateries and fine-dining restaurants), 29 restaurants received one, two and three star ratings, while 34 were spotlighted in the Bib Gourmand category for offering affordable, quality cooking. About 55 listings in the guide's overall selections are street food stalls.

related: Michelin Guide Singapore 2016

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Michelin Guide Singapore's inaugural launch on 21 July 2016
Singapore will be the first country globally to host an awards ceremony-cum-gala dinner open to public, and a trade seminar conducted by Michelin

Mark your calendars, food lovers: Michelin and their local supporting partner for the Michelin Guide Singapore, Robert Parker Wine Advocate, have officially circled 21 July 2016 as the official launch date for the inaugural Michelin guidebook to Singapore.

For the first time in the world, Singapore’s maiden Michelin stars will be handed out during a gala dinner-cum-awards ceremony held on the same evening at a grand ballroom in the Resorts World Sentosa. In yet another unprecedented move, members of the public will be able to buy tickets to the usually invite-only event to share the first tears of joy, surprise and pride with chefs from the city’s finest dining establishments.

Guests will get to savour an extraordinary dinner featuring a span of courses collaboratively prepared by Joël Robuchon and other celebrated local chefs, with a luxurious line-up of 12 wines specially selected by the Robert Parker Wine Advocate's team of wine reviewers from the Family of Twelve, a fraternity of wineries from New Zealand.

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About the Michelin Guide Singapore

Singapore has long been referred to as the dining capital of Asia - and for good reason. The city-state offers a wide array of delicious offerings that run the gamut from casual street fare to fine-dining creations by renowned local and foreign celebrity chefs. Naturally, Singapore is the first Southeast Asian country, and only the fourth Asian territory (after Japan, Hong Kong and Macau) to be rated by the Michelin Guide.

Developed and operated by global publishing company Robert Parker Wine Advocate with the support of the Singapore Tourism Board, the Michelin Guide Singapore web portal will showcase the best of Singapore’s food offerings via three interconnected channels:
  • A Michelin Guide Singapore print and digital guidebook to be published in the second half 2016 that is solely, independently and anonymously produced by the Michelin Guide’s team of restaurant dining inspectors
  • A series of culinary events fronting local dining establishments and foreign chefs rated by the Guide
  • A gourmet lifestyle editorial section to be updated daily with informative, interactive content that supports the Michelin Guide Singapore
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CURATE, Asia's 1st Michelin Chef Showcase Restaurant Opens at Resorts World Sentosa

Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) has opened the doors to Asia's first Michelin Chef showcase restaurant, aptly named CURATE

Informally known as the Oscars of the restaurant business, the Michelin Guides are a series of annual guide books published by the French company Michelin for more than a century. Michelin reviewers are completely anonymous; they do not identify themselves, and their meals and expenses are paid for by the company founded by the Michelin brothers, never by a restaurant being reviewed.

The Michelin Guide Singapore is set to be launched on 21 July 2016.

Launched on 29 April 2016, the unique culinary destination features an extraordinary in-dining experience offering the most exquisite culinary fare by visiting Michelin-starred Chefs from around the world in a series of curated pop-up events throughout this year.

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Singapore hawker favourites named in Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand list
A row of roasted chicken displayed at a chicken rice stall in Singapore. (AFP/Roslan Rahman)

From chicken rice and beef noodles to biryani and laksa, some of Singapore’s most famous hawker stalls have been awarded a “Bib Gourmand” by the 1st edition of the Singapore Michelin Guide.

The French gastronomic guide was started by tyre company Michelin in 1900 and publishes 25 guides covering 28 countries. It awards the Bib Gourmand to food establishments that offer a high-quality menu at a reasonable price – which in Singapore means a maximum of S$45.

A total of 34 restaurants and hawker stalls were selected for their “good value for money”, said Mr Michael Ellis, Michelin Guides’ International Director.

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17 hawker stalls given Bib Gourmand award in inaugural Singapore Michelin Guide
Tian Tian Chicken Rice @ Maxwell Road Food Centre is one of 17 hawker stalls that have been given the Bib Gourmand award in the Singapore Michelin Guide FOTO: ST FILE

17 hawker stalls have been given the Bib Gourmand award in the inaugural Singapore Michelin Guide, and they include well-known stalls such as Song Fa Bak Kut Teh in New Bridge Road, Tian Tian Chicken Rice at Maxwell Road Food Centre and Balestier Road Hoover Rojak at Whampoa Market Place.

The Fishball Story in Timbre+ and A Noodle Story in Amoy Street Food Centre, run by young hawkers, were also singled out for praise.

Amoy Street Food Centre had 4 stalls on the Bib Gourmand list. Apart from A Noodle Story, Famous Crispy Curry Puff, Hong Kee Beef Noodle and Hoo Kee Rice Dumpling were named.

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Singapore gets its first edition of the Singapore Michelin Guide

According to Michael Ellis, international director of the Michelin guides, an international panel of Michelin “inspectors” are already exploring the city-state’s offerings. These inspectors dine anonymously and assess an establishment based on five elements: consistency, value for money, quality of product, personality of the chef as expressed by the cuisine, and of course the flavours and preparation of the food.

The most exceptional performances are awarded three stars by the guide – an accolade considered to be the pinnacle achievement of a restaurant in some circles. Two- and one-star ratings denote excellent establishments that are but a few shades shy of the higher tiers.

Between editions of the guide, restaurants may lose or gain stars based on their performance during subsequent visits (incognito as well).

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Long queues at Michelin Guide lauded hawker stalls

Bib Gourmand hawker stalls in the city drew long queues yesterday. Those in the suburbs also saw better business, but waits were not much longer.

The list of 34 eateries with that rating was released on Thursday, one week ahead of the launch of the inaugural Michelin Guide for Singapore, and recognises establishments offering high-quality meals for less than $45 a person.

All four stalls at Amoy Street Food Centre – A Noodle Story, Famous Crispy Curry Puff, Hong Kee Beef Noodle and Hoo Kee Rice Dumpling – had better business than usual.

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Michelin Star for your favourite restaurant? Don’t celebrate yet
Why does everyone care about a tyre company’s restaurant ratings?

Singapore’s first Michelin winners will be known to us soon, when the guide comes out on July 21.

Despite our longstanding reputation as a food hub, Singapore has never been part of the Michelin scene. Financially, this could be a big step forward. Foodies travel the world to sample the best restaurants, and having a few of them here could mean tourism dollars.

It also bodes well for Singaporeans who have decided to make a career in culinary arts. Working in a Michelin star restaurant, and getting a good recommendation, is a passport to work in almost any kitchen you want.

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Lunchtime Michelin's Bib Gourmand list
Here’s a handy reference of the 34 Bib Gourmand eateries featured

Hawker Stalls:
  1. Claypot Laksa – Alexandra Village Food Centre
  2. A Noodle Story – Amoy Street Food Centre
  3. Famous Crispy Curry Puff – Amoy Street Food Centre
  4. Hong Kee Beef Noodle – Amoy Street Food Centre
  5. Hoo Kee Rice Dumpling – Amoy Street Food Centre
  6. The Fishball Story – Golden Mile Food Centre
  7. Wedang (Indonesian food and satay) – Golden Mile Food Centre
  8. Famous Sungei Road Trishaw (laksa) – Hong Lim Market & Food Centre
  9. Na Na Curry – 115 Bukit Merah View Market & Food Centre
  10. Chey Sua Carrot Cake – 127 Toa Payoh West Market & Food Centre
  11. Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice – Maxwell Food Centre
  12. Shi Hui Yuan (noodle with chicken & duck) – Mei Ling Market & Food Centre
  13. Alliance Seafood – Newton Food Centre
  14. Tiong Bahru Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice – Tiong Bahru Market
  15. Hong Heng Fried Sotong Prawn Mee – Tiong Bahru Market
  16. Balestier Road Hoover Rojak – Whampoa Market Place
  17. Liang Zhao Ji (soy duck) – Whampoa Market Place
Restaurants:
  1. Alaturka (Turkish) – Bussorah Street
  2. Hjh Maimunah (Malaysian) – Jalan Pisang 11-15
  3. Ka Soh (Singaporean) – College Road
  4. Kok Sen (tze char) – Keong Saik Road
  5. Lagnaa (Indian) – Little India
  6. New Ubin Seafood – Sin Ming Road
  7. Peony Jade at Keppel Club (Cantonese) – Bukit Chermin Rd
  8. Shish Mahal (Indian) – Albert Street
  9. Song Fa Bak Kut Teh – New Bridge Rd
  10. 328 Katong Laksa – East Coast Road
  11. True Blue Cuisine (Peranakan) – Armenien Street
  12. Whole Earth (vegetarian) – Peck Street
  13. Yhingthai Palace (Thai) – Purvis Street
  14. Zaffron Kitchen (Indian) – East Coast Road
Other Street Food Establishments:
  1. Bismallah Biryani – Dunlop Road
  2. JB Ah Meng Kitchen (Cantonese) – Geylang Road
  3. Sin Huat Eating House (crab rice noodle) – Geylang Road
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Michelin Guide

Michelin Guides (French: Guide Michelin [ɡid miʃ.lɛ̃]) are a series of annual guide books published by the French company Michelin for more than a century. The term normally refers to the Michelin Red Guide, the oldest European hotel and restaurant reference guide, which awards Michelin stars for excellence to a select few establishments. The acquisition or loss of a star can have dramatic effects on the success of a restaurant. Michelin also publishes a series of general guides to countries.

Stars: Michelin reviewers (commonly called "inspectors") are completely anonymous; they do not identify themselves, and their meals and expenses are paid for by the company founded by the Michelin brothers, never by a restaurant being reviewed. The Michelin Guide also awards Rising Stars, an indication that a restaurant has the potential to qualify for a star, or an additional star.

Bib Gourmand: Since 1955, the guide has also highlighted restaurants offering "exceptional good food at moderate prices," a feature now called "Bib Gourmand". They must offer menu items priced below a maximum determined by local economic standards. Bib (Bibendum) is the company's nickname for the Michelin Man, its corporate logo for over a century.

Non-restaurant food: With the blurring of lines between restaurants and other eateries, Michelin is adapting too. From 2014, it had a separate listing for gastropubs in Ireland. The 2016 Guide for Hong Kong and Macau introduced an overview of notable street food establishments.

Other ratings: All listed restaurants, regardless of their star- or Bib Gourmand-status, also receive a "fork and spoon" designation, as a subjective reflection of the overall comfort and quality of the restaurant. Rankings range from one to five: One fork and spoon represents a "comfortable restaurant" and five signifies a "luxurious restaurant". Forks and spoons coloured red designate a restaurant that is considered "pleasant" as well. Restaurants, independently of their other ratings in the guide, can also receive a number of other symbols next to their listing:
  • Coins indicate restaurants that serve a menu for a certain price or less, depending on the local monetary standard. In 2010 France, 2011 US and Japan Red Guides, the maximum permitted "coin" prices were €19, $25, and ¥5000, respectively.
  • Interesting view or Magnificent view, designated by a black or red symbol, are given to restaurants offering those features.
  • Grapes, a sake set, or a cocktail glass indicate restaurants that offer, at minimum, a "somewhat interesting" selection of wines, sake, or cocktails, respectively

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