Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau 2017: The winners have been announced

Love it or hate it, the newest Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau is here. Following last week’s announcement of the annual Bib Gourmand list, the full list of restaurants that have earned the coveted stars was unveiled this morning. Though some decry the guide’s rankings — and we’ve even wondered if it’s still relevant in Hong Kong — the ninth edition of the guide will no doubt earn a lot of attention, hand-wringing and discussion inside and outside the food industry.

The 2017 guide features a total of 238 restaurants, including 80 starred restaurants — 61 in Hong Kong and 19 Macau — along with 75 Bib Gourmand-rated eateries. In the new edition, Hong Kong has 41 one-starred restaurants, and Macau has 12. Newcomers to the list include Beefbar, Épure, Im Teppanyaki & Wine, Spring Moon, Sushi Tokami, VEA Restaurant & Lounge and Yat Tung Heen (Jordan location). Macau’s new one-starred spots include Lai Heen, Pearl Dragon and Ying.

The new guide has a total of 19 two-starred restaurants, with 14 in Hong Kong and 5 in Macau. Newcomers to this category include Kashiwaya and Ta Vie in Hong Kong, and Feng Wei Ju and Mizumi in Macau.

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Last but certainly not least, the three-star category. Notably, all eight restaurants which earned three stars last year — 8½ Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA, Bo Innovation, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Lung King Heen, Sushi Shikon, T’ang Court, The Eight and Robuchon au Dôme — maintained their top ranking for 2017. Creating something of an anti-climax, no restaurants were added to the top category this year, though that may be a good thing for a dining guide that’s been criticised for handing out stars left and right.

By and large, this is a list without surprises or upsets, though there were some happy developments. We’re pleased that VEA was recognised with one star, as chef Vicky Cheng always impresses us with his creative presentations and flavours. Épure, meanwhile, has strived for a Michelin star since opening in 2014, so their inclusion in this year’s guide feels well deserved. At long last, The Peninsula got some love from Michelin with one star for Spring Moon (rightly so), though we’re hoping to see Gaddi’s make next year’s list as well. Another win for Cantonese cuisine was the inclusion of Yat Tung Heen’s location in Jordan.

In the two-star category, Kashiwaya is a welcome addition, while Ta Vie’s step up from one star could be a stopover on the way to three stars in a future guide. We’re happy that Amber has maintained its two stars, of course, but seriously, what does chef Richard Ekkebus need to do to get his third star? We’re perplexed.

In the departures section, Spoon by Alain Ducasse dropped off the list entirely, after being downgraded from two stars to one last year. Meanwhile, Michelin appear to have dispensed with their ill-advised list of street food recommendations, which never made sense to us.

Here’s the full list of winners (new restaurants are designated with boldface):

The 2017 Michelin List of Starred Restaurants in Hong Kong:

Three Michelin Stars (exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey)

  • 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bobana
  • Bo Innovation
  • L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
  • Lung King Heen
  • Sushi Shikon
  • T’ang Court

Two Michelin Stars (excellent cuisine, worth a detour)

  • Amber
  • Caprice
  • Duddell’s
  • Forum
  • Kashiwaya
  • Ming Court
  • Pierre
  • Ryu Gin
  • Shang Palace
  • Summer Palace
  • Sun Tung Lok (Tsim Sha Tsui)
  • Ta Vie
  • Tin Lung Heen
  • Yan Toh Heen

One Michelin Star (high-quality cooking, worth a stop)

  • Ah Yat Harbour View
  • Akrame
  • Beefbar
  • Celebrity Cuisine
  • CIAK – In the Kitchen
  • Épure
  • Fu Ho (Tsim Sha Tsui)
  • Golden Valley
  • Guo Fu Lo
  • Ho Hung Kee
  • Im Teppanyaki & Wine
  • Jardin de Jade
  • Kam’s Roast Goose
  • Lei Garden (Kwun Tong)
  • Lei Garden (Mong Kok)
  • Lei Garden (North Point)
  • Loaf On
  • Man Wah
  • Mandarin Grill + Bar
  • MIC Kitchen
  • ON
  • Pang’s Kitchen
  • Peking Garden (Central)
  • Qi (Wan Chai)
  • Sai Kung Sing Kee
  • Seasons
  • Serge et le Phoque
  • Spring Moon
  • Sushi Tokami
  • Sushi Wadatsumi
  • Tate
  • Tim Ho Wan (North Point)
  • Tim Ho Wan (Sham Shui Po)
  • Tosca
  • VEA
  • Wagyu Kaiseki Den
  • Wagyu Takumi
  • Yat Lok
  • Yat Tung Heen (Jordan)
  • Yè Shanghai (Tsim Sha Tsui)
  • Zhejiang Heen

The 2017 Michelin List of Starred Restaurants in Macau:

Three Michelin Stars (exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey)

  • The Eight
  • Robuchon au Dôme

Two Michelin Stars (excellent cuisine, worth a detour)

  • Feng Wei Ju
  • Golden Flower
  • Jade Dragon
  • Mizumi
  • The Tasting Room

One Michelin Star (high-quality cooking, worth a stop)

  • 8½ Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA
  • King
  • Lai Heen
  • Pearl Dragon
  • Shinji
  • Terrazza
  • The Golden Peacock
  • The Kitchen
  • Tim’s Kitchen
  • Wing Lei
  • Ying
  • Zi Yat Heen

The 2017 Bib Gourmand List:

Bib Gourmand — Hong Kong

  • Ah Chun Shandong Dumpling
  • Ancient Moon
  • Ba Yi
  • Bombay Dreams
  • Brass Spoon
  • Café Hunan (Western district)
  • Chan Kan Kee Chiu Chow (Sheung Wan)
  • Chili Club
  • Chuen Cheung Kui (Mong Kok)
  • CIAK – All Day Italian
  • Congee and Noodle Shop
  • Din Tai Fung (Causeway Bay)
  • Din Tai Fung (Silvercord)
  • Dragon Inn
  • Fu Sing (Causeway Bay)
  • Fu Sing (Wan Chai)
  • Fung Shing (Mong Kok)
  • Good Hope Noodle (Fa Yuen Street)
  • Ho To Tai
  • Kau Kee
  • Kung Tak Lam (Causeway Bay)
  • Kwan Kee Bamboo Noodles (Cheung Sha Wan)
  • Lan Yuen Chee Koon
  • Lin Heung Kui
  • Liu Yuan Pavilion
  • Lucky Indonesia
  • Mask of Sichuen & Beijing
  • May’s Sawaddee Thailand
  • Megan’s Kitchen
  • New Shanghai
  • Nishiki
  • Po Kee
  • Putien (Causeway Bay)
  • Qĭao Cuisine
  • Ramen Jo (Causeway Bay)
  • Restoran Indonesia 1968
  • Sabah (Wan Chai)
  • Sang Kee
  • Ser Wong Fun
  • She Wong Yee
  • Shek Kee Kitchen
  • Shugetsu Ramen (Central)
  • Shugetsu Ramen (Quarry Bay)
  • Sing Kee
  • Sister Wah (Tin Hau)
  • Siu Shun Village Cuisine (Kowloon Bay)
  • Snow Garden
  • Sun Yuen Hing Kee
  • Tai Wing Wah
  • Tai Woo (Causeway Bay)
  • Takeya
  • Tasty (IFC)
  • Thai Chiu (Sham Shui Po)
  • Tim Ho Wan (Tai Kwok Tsui)
  • Tsim Chai Kee (Wellington Street)
  • Tulsi (North Point)
  • Wang Fu (Central)
  • Wing Lai Yuen
  • Wing Wah
  • Wonton Master
  • Yau Yuen Siu Tsui
  • Yue Kee
  • Yun Yan
  • Yue Kee
  • Yun Yan

Bib Gourmand — Macau

  • A Lorcha
  • Café Leon
  • Castiço
  • Chan Seng Kei
  • Cheong Kei
  • Din Tai Fung (COD)
  • Hou Kong Chi Kei
  • IFT Educational Restaurant
  • Lou Kei (Fai Chi Kei)
  • Luk Kei Noodle
  • Tou Tou Koi
  • Xin