Michelin Announces 2019 Stars for Hong Kong and Macau

Monica Burton wrote . . . . . . . . .

Once again, Michelin has announced its starred restaurant selection for Hong Kong and neighboring Macau. This year, the French tire company has awarded two new restaurants three Michelin stars, its highest honor. Caprice in Hong Kong and Jade Dragon in Macau were both elevated to three stars in the 2019 Michelin guide.

The announcement marks something of a comeback for Caprice, a contemporary French restaurant currently helmed by Guillaume Galliot. The restaurant had three Michelin stars from 2010 to 2013, but dropped down to two stars in the 2014 guide. Macau Cantonese restaurant Jade Dragon, meanwhile, has three stars for the first time. It made its first appearance in the guide with one star in 2014 and was bumped up to two stars in 2016.

There are four new two-star restaurants in the guide this year. French-Japanese restaurant Ecriture, Takashi Saito’s Sushi Saito, and Cantonese restaurant Ying Jee Club add to Hong Kong’s two-star count. The Alain Ducasse restaurant at the Morpheus hotel in Macau brings that city’s two-star restaurant total to five.

Hong Kong also gets six new one-star restaurants this year. Unsurprisingly, given Michelin’s track record, the list includes some more French selections: Arbor uses Japanese ingredients in French cuisine, and Belon is a “neo-Parisian bistro.” But the list of new one-star restaurants also features a Tandoor grill house, New Punjab Club, and a restaurant serving cuisine from Chinese city Taizhou, Xin Rong Ji.

The full Michelin guide contains a total of 82 starred recommendations (63 in Hong Kong and 19 in Macau), including 10 three-starred restaurants, 17 two-starred restaurants, and 55 one-starred restaurants across the two cities.

Source: Eater

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Used Car Dealership in Tottori Japan Recognized by the Michelin Guide for its Ramen

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Although the Michelin Guide was started by a tire company over a century ago as a guide to fine dining, it’s practically unheard of for the organization to recognize the auto industry. But that is what happened last month when Hot Air, a used auto shop in Tottori that also happens to serve ramen, was the unlikely recipient of Michelin recognition.

Katsumi Yoshida opened Hot Air in 2002. But while specializing in Suzuki cars like the Alto, Kei and Swift, he also maintained a significant interest in the ingredients to ramen broth like chicken bones, dried sardines and salt. He approached ramen with the precision of an engineer, making incremental improvements to his process to create the perfect additive-free broth.

In 2012 Yoshida decided to renovate a meeting space within his dealership, placing tables and chairs and officially began serving ramen. Slowly, and by word-of-mouth, Yoshida’s peculiar ramen shop’s reputation began to spread. And earlier this year he was visited by man in a suit who, after dining, revealed himself to be a Michelin official.

Last month in October the “Michelin Guide Kyoto Osaka + Tottori 2019” was released and, sure enough, Hot Air was mentioned as “Bib Gourmand,” a distinction that “recognises restaurants offering quality food at a maximum of 5,000 JPY” (a bowl of ramen at Hot Air goes for about 800 JPY).

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The Cheapest Michelin Star Meal You Can Eat in 2018

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No Three Michelin Stars Awarded to Singapore Restaurants in 2018

Abigail Wen Yi Ng wrote . . . . . . . . .

Not a single restaurant in Singapore received three Michelin stars in the 2018 ratings released Wednesday, soon after the city lost its only restaurant with the top honor.

Celebrity chef Joel Robuchon last month closed his eponymous restaurant, which won three stars in the first two years of the Michelin Guide Singapore.

A total of 44 stars were awarded in the third annual Michelin guide to the city, down from 47 in 2017. Five restaurants were awarded two Michelin stars and 34 received one star.

Singapore’s dining scene reflects a melting pot of influences, including Chinese, Malay and Indian, while European restaurateurs have flocked to the city, giving it a true global flavor. One of the biggest tourist draws are the hawker stalls that can be found across the city, serving up Singaporean specialties like chicken rice, chili crab and hokkien mee.

“I have yet to find a country where the people are so fanatically passionate about food,” said Michael Ellis, international director of Michelin Guides. “People in Singapore will get into fist fights about who has the best fish head curry, and you don’t see that anywhere else in the world.”

Chefs were disappointed at the lack of three-star awards.

“I’m sad for Singapore because I find that Singapore will be less attractive to the tourists,” said Sebastien Lepinoy from Les Amis, which was awarded two stars. “And we need the tourists.” He estimates that up to a quarter of his customers at Les Amis are tourists.

Michelin stars are awarded based on the quality of ingredients, harmony of flavors and “the chef’s personality as expressed in their cuisine,” according to the company’s website.

The French tiremaker and publisher began producing restaurant guides in 1900 and introduced its three-star rating system in 1931. It now publishes titles covering more than 25 countries around the world. In recent years, it has expanded its Asian catalog and now covers cities including Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong.

Thailand’s guide debuted last year. In addition to Bangkok, Michelin reviewers will cover the southern tourism hot-spots of Phuket and Phang Nga in the 2018 edition, which will be published in November.

Michelin released its Bib Gourmand list for Singapore last week, which recognizes eateries offering dishes at a maximum price of S$45 ($33).

One of the new entrants was Burnt Ends, a restaurant specializing in grilled meats, owned by Australian chef David Pynt.

His wife, Katrina Wheeldon-Pynt, who accepted the one-star award, said it would not put more pressure on them and they would continue to focus on their staff and guests. “He does it because he loves it. That’s what he does, he’s a barbecue man,” she said.

Chef Tang Chay Seng from Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle said it was a pity that no new hawker stalls were awarded stars.

Only three street food stalls globally — two in Singapore, one in Bangkok — have been awarded Michelin stars, Ellis said. “A Michelin star for a street food restaurant is the exception, not the rule,” he said.

The Two Stars Winners

  • Les Amis
  • Odette
  • Shisen Hanten
  • Shoukouwa
  • Waku Ghin

Source: Bloomberg