Another year of the Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau is here, and the two SARs’ collective dining industry waited with bated breath this afternoon during a press conference in Macau, as the revered dining guide announced its list of new one-, two- and three-star establishments.

Despite many who like to debate the guide’s merits and relevance in Hong Kong, and even some chefs who see a star as both a blessing and a curse (taking things like heightened expectations and over-demand into consideration), the 10th edition of the guide will undoubtedly serve as a benchmark for high-quality dining establishments to strive for in 2018, as well as make a marked difference for homegrown restaurants that are set to be catapulted into the global limelight. And whether you agree with the rankings or not, it’s inevitable that each edition of the guide brings with it a certain amount of excitement, joy, and some inevitable heartache for the chefs and restaurateurs of Hong Kong and Macau’s respective dining scenes.

So, who joined the coveted ranks of Michelin this year?

The new 2018 guide features a total of 292 restaurants in total, with 227 in Hong Kong and 65 in Macau. In Hong Kong, there are eight newcomers to the starred list, all in the one-star category: Arcane, Imperial Treasure Fine Chinese Cuisine, Kaiseki Den by Saotome, Rech, Tate, The Ocean, Yee Tung Heen and Ying Jee Club. Notably, no newcomers entered the upper ranks of two or three stars in Hong Kong; and in Macau, there were no new entrants at all.

Disappointingly, Duddell’s (whose head chef Siu Hin Chi left earlier this year to open the newly one-starred Ying Jee Club) and Cordis’ Ming Court, along with Island Shangri-La’s Chinese kitchen Summer Palace, each lost their two-star designation to land in the one-star list this year, making Hong Kong now home to just 11 two-starred kitchens. Macau, meanwhile, retained all five of its two-starred establishments from last year, and both Hong Kong and Macau kept the same elite group of three-starred restaurants (six in Hong Kong and two in Macau). While it’s good to see these top kitchens working hard to maintaining their world-class standards, it’s rather anti-climactic to see another year go by with no new entries to either the two- or three-star categories for Hong Kong or Macau.

On the plus side, there are a few big winners this year that are well-deserving of the recognition. After three years, modern European kitchen Arcane, led by Shane Osborn (who previously received stars at both Pied a Terre and L’Autre Pied in London) has finally received a long-awaited star. Meanwhile, Tate‘s chef-owner Vicky Lau proved that she’s still at the top of her game after relocating to a larger location on Hollywood Road and retaining her star. Two French restaurants have also caught the eye of Michelin inspectors this year: The Ocean (a well-deserved star in our opinion for its immaculate attention-to-detail and reverence of fine ocean produce), and Rech, which debuted earlier this year at InterContinental Hong Kong with the pedigree of Michelin-decorated chef Alain Ducasse. All of the newcomers to the list in 2017 retained their stars for the newest edition of the guide, including Épure and Vicky Cheng’s VEA (no surprise there).

Meanwhile, there were 82 Bib Gourmand entrants (eateries which offer a quality 3-course set menu for no more than HK$400), with 17 new Hong Kong entries, including the first congee shop to receive the recognition, two restaurants serving traditional Cantonese noodle soup (Eng Kee Noodle Shop and Mak Man Kee), and a well-deserved award to Samsen, one of our favourite Thai joints from ex-Chachawan chef Adam Cliff.

Overall, this year has seen few changes to the upper ranks of the list, with several restaurants dropping one category and a few dropping off the list altogether (including chef Umberto Bombana’s casual kitchen CIAK, and Seasons, following the departure of chef Olivier Elzer). Meanwhile, many will be frustrated to see that Richard Ekkebus has again missed out on a long-awaited three stars for Amber. Whether this year’s immutable list reflects on the status of Hong Kong’s dining scene, or it’s a sign that inspectors are finally tightening their judging criteria, we’ll leave for you to decide.

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

The 2018 Michelin List of Starred Restaurants in Hong Kong:

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

  • 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana
  • 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
  • Forum
  • Kashiwaya
  • Pierre
  • Ryu Gin
  • Shang 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 (Tsim Sha Tsui)
  • Akrame
  • Arcane
  • Beefbar
  • Celebrity Cuisine
  • Duddell’s
  • Épure
  • Fu Ho (Tsim Sha Tsui)
  • Guo Fu Lo
  • Ho Hung Kee
  • Im Teppanyaki & Wine
  • Imperial Treasure Fine Chinese Cuisine
  • Jardin de Jade
  • Kaiseki Den by Saotome
  • 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
  • Ming Court
  • ON
  • Pang’s Kitchen
  • Peking Garden (Central)
  • Qi (Wan Chai)
  • Rech
  • Sai Kung Sing Kee
  • Serge et le Phoque
  • Spring Moon
  • Summer Palace
  • Sushi Tokami
  • Sushi Wadatsumi
  • Takumi by Daisuke Mori
  • Tate
  • The Ocean
  • Tim Ho Wan (Sham Shui Po)
  • Tosca
  • VEA
  • Yat Lok
  • Yat Tung Heen (Jordan)
  • Yè Shanghai (Tsim Sha Tsui)
  • Yee Tung Heen
  • Ying Jee Club
  • Zhejiang Heen

The 2018 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 by Kanesaka
  • The Golden Peacock
  • The Kitchen
  • Tim’s Kitchen
  • Wing Lei
  • Ying
  • Zi Yat Heen

The 2018 Bib Gourmand List:

Bib Gourmand — Hong Kong

  • Ah Chun Shandong Dumpling
  • Ancient Moon
  • Ba Yi
  • Bombay Dreams
  • Brass Spoon (Wan Chai)
  • Café Hunan (Western district)
  • Chan Kan Kee Chiu Chow (Sheung Wan)
  • Chiuchow Delicacies 
  • Chuen Cheung Kui (Mong Kok)
  • CIAK – All Day Italian
  • Congee and Noodle Shop
  • Din Tai Fung (Causeway Bay)
  • Din Tai Fung (Silvercord)
  • Dragon Inn
  • Eng Kee Noodle Shop
  • Fu Sing (Causeway Bay)
  • Fu Sing (Wan Chai)
  • Fung Shing (Mong Kok)
  • Glorious Cuisine
  • Good Hope Noodle (Fa Yuen Street)
  • Ho To Tai
  • Ju Xing Home
  • Kau Kee
  • Kung Tak Lam (Causeway Bay)
  • Kwan Kee Bamboo Noodles (Cheung Sha Wan)
  • Kwan Kee Clay Pot Rice
  • Lan Yuen Chee Koon
  • Lin Heung Kui
  • Liu Yuan Pavilion
  • Lucky Indonesia
  • Mak Man Kee 
  • Megan’s Kitchen
  • New Shanghai
  • Nishiki
  • Po Kee
  • Putien (Causeway Bay)
  • Qĭao Cuisine
  • Qing Zuo
  • Ramen Jo (Causeway Bay)
  • Sabah (Wan Chai)
  • Samsen 
  • Sang Kee
  • She Wong Yee
  • Shek Kee Kitchen
  • Sheung Hei Dim Sum
  • Sheung Hei Claypot Rice
  • Shugetsu Ramen (Central)
  • Shugetsu Ramen (Quarry Bay)
  • Sing Kee (Central)
  • Sister Wah (Tin Hau)
  • Siu Shun Village Cuisine (Kowloon Bay)
  • Snow Garden
  • Sun Yuen Hing Kee
  • Tai Wing Wah
  • Tai Woo (Causeway Bay)
  • Tak Kee
  • Takeya
  • Tasty (IFC)
  • Thai Chiu (Sham Shui Po)
  • Tim Ho Wan (North Point)
  • Tim Ho Wan (Tai Kwok Tsui)
  • Trusty Congee King (Wan Chai)
  • Trusty Gourmet
  • Tsim Chai Kee (Wellington Street)
  • Tsuta (Causeway Bay)
  • Wang Fu (Central)
  • Wing Lai Yuen
  • Wing Wah
  • Yau Yuen Siu Tsui
  • Yixin 
  • Yue Kee
  • Yuet Lai Shun
  • Yung Kee

Bib Gourmand — Macau

  • 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

Michelin Guide is picked by a stable of full-time inspectors who regularly dine out and inspect prospective restaurants in over 24 countries across three continents. The inspectors dine out anonymously, pay for their meals, and rate their experiences at each restaurant according to five criteria: quality of the products, mastery of flavour and cooking techniques, the personality of the chef in his cuisine, value for money and consistency between visits.

Leslie Yeh
Editor in Chief
Having worked as a lifestyle editor for almost 10 years, Leslie is thrilled to be writing about the topic she loves most: wining and dining. When she's not out pounding the pavement for the latest new restaurant opening or tracking food trends, Leslie can be found at home whipping up a plate of rigatoni vodka and binge-watching Netflix with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc in hand.