Just like actual stars, those of the Michelin variety also twinkle in and out of existence.
This year’s announcements came a little later than usual (probably due to the World’s 50 Best Restaurants reveal being held earlier this year in June), but the results, announced on 17 September, were no less anticipated.
Besides the two hawkers – Liao Fan Hong Kong Soy Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle; and Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle – given their one stars in Michelin’s first year in Singapore, there have been no new hawker entries. However, 12 new eateries have made the Bib Gourmand list, which recognises outstanding food in places where you will spend less than $45 per pax.
French cuisine, unsurprisingly, is the biggest winner this year with three new, French restaurants taking home a star. The eponymous Vianney Massot Restaurant – which occupies the space formerly taken by the one-starred Bacchanalia – has been awarded a star for its detail-oriented, contemporary dishes, many of which are inspired by Massot’s time with Joel Roubouchon.
Another new entry, and some time coming, is restaurant Lerouy. Chef-owner Christophe Lerouy previously led Alma by Juan Amador to its one star in 2016; before opening his own place, Dstllry par Christophe Lerouy, with creative and multi-hyphenate Andrew Lum. Restaurant Lerouy offers contemporary French with plenty of Asian touches, and plenty of clean, fresh, sauce-led plates.
There’s also restaurant JAG, helmed by chef-owner Jeremy Gillon. The restaurant, which opened late last year, offers degustation menus built around alpine herbs.
Cheek Bistro, formerly Cheek by Jowl, has retained its star after its rebrand, which saw its degustation-led menu changed to a more casual, a la carte format. Another restaurant under Unlisted Collection’s portfolio, Basque Kitchen by Aitor, also garnered a star after opening in October 2018. Chef-owner Aitor Jeronimo Orive previously held court at Iggy’s, where he led the team to their first Michelin star in 2017.
No surprises this year with Frantzen offshoot restaurant Zen, which was given a direct two stars after opening late last year. While a seat at the Nordic-inspired kaiseki restaurant will set you back at least $450 before taxes and service charge, many seem to think that the dining extravaganza – which happens over all three stories of the restaurant – seems to be well worth the cost. Meanwhile, French mainstay St. Pierre, helmed by veteran chef Emmanuel Stroobant, rose by one star this year to two.
Finally, after a glaring absence of three-starred restaurants in Singapore following the exit of Joel Robuchon Restaurant at Resorts World Sentosa, two restaurants have been given the coveted three stars in the same year – French fine dining spots Odette and Les Amis. Both were awarded 2 stars each in 2018.
Here’s the full list of winners:
Les Amis (up from 2 stars)
Odette (up from 2 stars)
St Pierre (up from 1 star)
Restaurant Zen (new)
Basque Kitchen by Aitor (new)
Buona Terra (new)
Cheek Bistro (new)
CUT by Wolfgang Puck
Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle
Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine
Jaan by Kirk Westerway
Liao Fan Hong Kong Soy Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle
Meta (considered a new entry after moving)
Shinji (Bras Basah)
Shinji (Tanglin Road)
Terra (last star in 2017)
The Song of India
Vianney Massot Restaurant (new)