Tonight is a big night for the food scene here in Singapore. After releasing over 25 guides in 24 countries, Michelin has revealed its 2016 star ratings for Singapore at the very first Michelin Guide Gala Dinner at Resorts World Sentosa. Singapore is the first Southeast Asian country and the fourth Asian country after Hong Kong, Japan and Macau to be rated by the Michelin Guide.
At 4 p.m. today, several winners received a call from Michelin's office in Hong Kong and was informed of their awards and trust us, we are just as stoked as they are. From having the world's first hawker stalls winning one-star awards to having the great Joël Robuchon bag the three-star award - this list is as exciting as it gets. This is proof that Singapore's dining scene is top-notch.
"Singapore is a real crossroads of trade and commerce, with multiple culinary influences and repertoire that is enjoyed by both locals and visitors," comments Michael Ellis, International Director of the Michelin guides. "As the city has a worldwide reputation for its street food and a high flying gastronomic scene created by talented young chefs who have emerged over the last few years, here’s where our inspectors have discovered real jewels!"
Vanilla Luxury attended the prestigious evening and is giving you first access to the list of 22 restaurants that have distinguished themselves from the rest. Read on to find out which of your favourite restaurants made the cut.
Awarded with three-Michelin Stars
The highest award is given for the superlative cooking of the chef at the peak of their profession. The ingredients should be exemplary, the cooking should be elevated to an art form and their dishes are often destined to become classics. While only one restaurant, got to take back the three-star Michelin award, we aren’t surprised that it is Joel Robuchon – definitely a much deserved award.
Awarded with two-Michelin Stars
Michelin states that restaurants that fall under this award are awarded because the personality and talent of the chef and their team is evident in the refined, expertly crafted dishes. We are definitely happy that Restaurant Andre has made the cut for two-Michelin stars, this French restaurant has been around for so many years and is a true expression of Singapore’s diverse dining scene.
6. Les Amis
Awarded with one-Michelin Star
Restaurants within this category are establishments that use quality ingredients and serve carefully prepared dishes with distinct flavours. 22 restaurants have made the cut to bring back one-Michelin star. For a small country like Singapore, we think the number of restaurants that were praised with one stars, is quite too many.
We believe that some Hawker stalls are more consistent with their food than most restaurants are therefor we were pleasantly surprised to see the worlds first street stall, our very own Hawker joints such as Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodles and Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodles win one Michelin Star. However, we were also surprised to see restaurants such as Waku Ghin, CUT by Wolfgang Puck and Jaan bring home only one-Michelin star – we thought they’d at least be a two.
5. Corner House
12. Lei Garden
18. Summer Pavilion
19. Ginza Sushi Ichi
21. Song of India
22. Waku Ghin
The Michelin Guide launch was an entertaining event to be at. It is great to see so many talented and passionate people in the culinary field under one roof and the organizers of the event definitely made sure their guests were treated well.
For more information on the newly launched Michelin guide and to stay tuned to the latest, visit Michelin’s website.