After more than a year’s delay, the highly anticipated results of the 2019 Michelin Guide Singapore are finally in. The fourth edition of the Guide, which was unveiled during a gala dinner held at Capella Singapore, now has 44 Michelin-starred establishments — a significant bump from last year’s list of 39 restaurants.
The updated list also saw lots of surprises.
Modern French restaurants Odette and Les Amis are now Singapore’s latest three-Michelin-starred restaurants, the Guide’s highest accolade which indicates ‘exceptional cuisine that is worth a special journey.’ Joel Robuchon at Resorts World Sentosa was previously the only three-Michelin-starred restaurant until it closed.
In the run-up to this year’s Michelin Guide, the local dining scene has seen the exit of some renowned names such as Bacchanalia and Whitegrass (which has since re-opened with a new chef). But Singapore also welcomed a wave of new promising restaurants that are impressing diners at home and abroad with their cuisine.
It’s certainly reflective on the updated list of one-Michelin-starred restaurants. Basque Kitchen, Cheek Bistro, Restaurant JAG, Vianney Massot Restaurant (formerly Bacchanalia by Vianney Massot), Table 65 and Lerouy are some of the new names inducted into the Guide’s tally of ‘very good restaurants.’
In the meantime, restaurants Jaan by Kirk Westaway, Labyrinth and Nouri have managed to retain their one stars.
This brings the total of one-Michelin-starred restaurants to 37 this year, up from 34 last year.
“It’s not for me, it’s for my team who has worked really hard,” says Basque Kitchen’s chef Aitor Jeronimo. “We weren’t really looking for it, we weren’t expecting it.”
For chef Rishi Naleendra, who represented Cheek Bistro at the awards ceremony, the one star was unexpected as well. “The email (from the Michelin Guide) was delivered to the restaurant’s inbox. So my team found out about it before me.”
New restaurants are also highlight on Singapore’s list of two-Michelin-starred restaurants. Restaurant Zen, the Singapore offshoot of Stockholm’s Frantzen catapulted to two stars in their debut on the Guide. Contemporary French restaurant Saint Pierre, which had gotten a star last year, has now been elevated to two stars as well.
Restaurants Waku Ghin, Shisen Hanten and Shoukouwa continue to hold on to their two stars.
The Michelin Guide Singapore, like all international editions, is the result of numerous tastings across the country by anonymous inspectors. Achieving a star on the Guide spells a massive pick up in reservations and business for restaurants — a much-needed boost in this increasingly competitive dining scene.
For the complete list of Michelin-starred restaurants, see below. (* marks fresh entries)
Three Michelin Stars
Exceptional cuisine that is worth a special journey
Two Michelin Stars
Excellent cooking that is worth a detour
One Michelin Star
A very good restaurant
Cut by Wolfgang Puck
Hawker Chan (Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle)
Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle
Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine
Jaan by Kirk Westaway
Jiang Nan Chun
Putien (Kitchener Road)
Shinji (Bras Basah Road)
Shinji (Tanglin Road)
The Song of India
Vianney Massot Restaurant*