The Best Restaurants in Singapore Just Got Their Michelin Stars

Melissa Cheok wrote . . . . . .

Celebrity chef Joel Robuchon’s restaurant held on to its three Michelin stars this year, once again making it the only establishment in Singapore to grab the top-tier honors.

Seven restaurants were awarded two stars on Thursday, and more than two dozen received one star. Michelin first produced a Singapore guide last year.

The guide, long known for its devotion to French food, has been expanding in Asia, sending its anonymous reviewers out to restaurants in Japan, Shanghai, and Seoul in the past decade. Thailand will be the latest to join the Michelin fold with its first guide later this year.

The judges, or “inspectors,” came from across Europe, the U.S., and Asia, and visited each restaurant several times, said Michael Ellis, Michelin Guide’s international director.

Singapore’s dining scene has long been touted as one of the world’s most vibrant. Its geographical location in the Straits of Malacca and racially diverse population have allowed for a fusion of flavors from across Southeast Asia and the greater region. From upscale establishments to cheap, high-quality street food, the city has a variety of options for every budget. Ellis said he expects Singapore to keep improving.

“The talent is clearly here, the ambition is here, and certainly in Singapore—no one can deny it—the means and resources are there,” he said. “The best days for Singapore fine dining are still ahead.”

He had this surprising advice for chefs who want to make the list.

“Your number one objective has to be to fill your restaurant with happy customers who want to come back,” he said. “Make sure your restaurant is economically viable and you’re making money, you have employees, you have suppliers, you have a family! Make sure you’re making money. That’s gotta be priority number one. If you do that well, we will find you.”

Last week, Michelin released its Bib Gourmand list for Singapore, which recognizes places that serve high-quality food at an affordable price—no more than S$45 ($32.60) per person. Twenty of the 38 names on the list are hawker stalls.

Robuchon’s French restaurant at Resorts World Sentosa last year was Singapore’s first to receive three Michelin stars. The menu includes imperial caviar, Alaskan crab and French beans. Restaurant Andre has amassed a string of awards since opening in 2010.

Here’s the full list:

Three stars

Joel Robuchon

Two stars

Restaurant Andre
L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon
Les Amis
Shisen Hanten
Waku Ghin

One star

Cheek by Jowl
Chef Kang’s
Corner House
Crystal Jade Golden Palace
Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle
Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine
Lei Garden
Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle (335 Smith Street)
Putien (Kitchener Road)
Saint Pierre
Shinji (Bras Basah Road)
Shinji (Tanglin Road)
Summer Palace
Summer Pavilion
Sushi Ichi
The Kitchen of Bacchanalia
The Song of India

Source: Bloomberg