The Inaugural 2016 Michelin Guide Singapore

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

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

REVEALED AT an awards ceremony and gala dinner held at the Resorts World Sentosa ballroom on July, the inaugural guide announced several  world-firsts in its 115-year history of the global dining guide: Peranakan and Australian restaurants have been recognized for the first time, while two street food stalls made their debut in the coveted Michelin starred ranks.

Out of the listing of 200 eateries in the guide, which spans more than 35 different cuisine categories and food establishments—from food stalls in traditional hawkers centers to cze char eateries and fine-dining restaurants—: 29 restaurants received one, two and three star ratings.

A total of 34 establishments were spotlighted in the Bib Gourmand category for offering affordable, quality cooking, and the remaining 137 received notable mentions. About 62 listings in the guide’s overall selections are street food stalls.

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Among the starred selections, Michelin crowned its Singapore’s first and only three-Michelin-starred restaurant, Joel Robuchon, a revered bastion of fine dining that offers contemporary French cuisine on Singapore’s popular leisure island of Sentosa.

Six other establishments were crowned with a two-star rating: Restaurant André by Taiwan-born, French-trained chef André Chiang, who plates up sophisticated, innovative cuisine in a heritage Chinatown shophouse; alongside three contemporary French restaurants, L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Les Amis, and Odette – the latter opened just last November by French chef Julien Royer.

Also snagging two stars are four-month-old Shoukouwa in One Fullerton, a joint venture between the Emmanuel Stroobant group and the founder of three-Michelin-starred Sushi Shikon in Tokyo, and Japanese chef Chen Kentaro’s Sichuan restaurant Shisen Hanten in the Mandarin Orchard Hotel.

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Among the one-star category, Australian and Peranakan cuisine – one of Singapore’s oldest fusion cuisines combining Chinese and Malay influences – are recognized as restaurant categories by Michelin for the very first time: Osia by Singaporean chef Douglas Tay, who plates up Australian and Asian ingredients under the direction of Australian chef Scott Webster, and Candlenut, a modern Peranakan restaurant by young Singaporean chef Malcolm Lee.

In a nod to Singapore’s diverse food culture, two popular hawkers, Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle and Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle, have also been recognized with a Michelin star each.

This means that Singapore is now home to the cheapest Michelin-starred meals in the world. A plate of chicken rice from Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle, for example, starts from just SG$2.


Written by FoodieS August 26, 2016.

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