Last updated on February 6th, 2024 at 07:19 pm
On 27 June, Michelin Guide Singapore unveiled five new Michelin Star restaurants, raising the total number of MICHELIN Starred restaurants in Singapore to 55 at Parkroyal Collection Marina Bay.
This year also marks the first Michelin Green Star certification in Singapore, honoring one new restaurant’s dedication to sustainability.
- What is Michelin Star?
- How do restaurants get awarded with Michelin Star?
- How many Michelin Star restaurants in Singapore?
- Which are the 5 newly minted restaurants with one Michelin star in Singapore?
- Full List of One Michelin Star Restaurants in Singapore 2023
- Michelin Green Star Restaurant in Singapore 2023
- Full List of Two Michelin Stars Restaurants in Singapore 2023
- Full List of Three Michelin Stars Restaurants in Singapore 2023
- Michelin Guide Service Award: Desmond Wong
- Michelin Guide Sommelier Award: Makoto Iwabuchi
- Michelin Guide Young Chef Award: Kevin Wong
What is Michelin Star?
The Michelin star is a rating system used by the red Michelin Guide to grade restaurants on their quality. The guide was originally developed by the French tire company Michelin to encourage more people to take road trips and, consequently, buy more tires. Over time, the Michelin Guide has become one of the most prestigious and influential guides in the culinary world.
Restaurants that receive Michelin stars are judged by anonymous inspectors who evaluate various aspects of the dining experience, including the quality of ingredients used, the skill of the chef, the creativity of the menu, and the overall dining ambiance. The Michelin Guide awards stars on a scale of one to three, with three stars being the highest:
- One star: A very good restaurant.
- Two stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour.
- Three stars: Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey.
Receiving a Michelin star is a significant honor and is considered a mark of culinary excellence. Many chefs and restaurants aspire to earn Michelin stars, and having one or more stars can greatly impact a restaurant’s reputation and business.
How do restaurants get awarded with Michelin Star?
Earning a Michelin star is a prestigious accomplishment and is typically the result of a combination of factors, including the quality of the food, creativity, skill of the chef, and overall dining experience. While there is no guaranteed formula for obtaining a Michelin star, here are some general guidelines that may improve a restaurant’s chances:
- Focus on Quality Ingredients:
- Use high-quality, fresh, and seasonal ingredients. The quality of the raw materials plays a crucial role in the final dishes.
- Culinary Skill and Creativity:
- Showcase the chef’s culinary skills and creativity in the menu. Unique and innovative dishes can leave a lasting impression on inspectors.
- Maintain consistency in the quality of food and service. Inspectors often visit anonymously multiple times to ensure that the restaurant consistently meets high standards.
- Attention to Detail:
- Pay attention to every detail, from presentation to flavor profiles. Attention to detail can set a restaurant apart and contribute to a memorable dining experience.
- Exceptional Service:
- Provide exceptional and attentive service. The overall dining experience includes not only the food but also the service and ambiance.
- Ambiance and Atmosphere:
- Create a pleasant and comfortable dining environment. The atmosphere should complement the cuisine and contribute to an enjoyable overall experience.
- Originality and Signature Dishes:
- Offer original and unique dishes that showcase the chef’s personality and style. Developing signature dishes can help create a distinct identity for the restaurant.
- Build a positive reputation within the culinary community. Word of mouth, reviews, and recognition from other chefs can contribute to a restaurant’s standing.
- Stay Updated and Adaptable:
- Stay current with culinary trends and be willing to adapt to changing tastes and preferences.
- Community Engagement:
- Engage with the local community and participate in culinary events. Positive community relationships can contribute to a restaurant’s overall reputation.
It’s important to note that the Michelin Guide’s criteria can vary by region, and the inspectors remain anonymous to maintain impartiality. While these guidelines can enhance a restaurant’s chances, there is no guaranteed method for receiving a Michelin star. The ultimate goal should be a commitment to excellence in all aspects of the dining experience.
How many Michelin Star restaurants in Singapore?
As of 2023, there are 55 Michelin-starred restaurants in Singapore.
5 newly minted restaurants with one Michelin star, bringing a total of 46 one Michelin star restaurants in Singapore.
While are 6 two Michelin-starred restaurants and 3 three Michelin-starred restaurants in Singapore.
Which are the 5 newly minted restaurants with one Michelin star in Singapore?
A modern dining room embellished by shimmering double arches, a high glass ceiling, and an ethereal paper sculpture is housed in Jinricksha Station (a former rickshaw depot circa 1903). Chef Zor Tan, a protégé of André Chiang’s, prepares a tasting menu inspired by the circle of life and his personal experience, fusing French gastronomy with Chinese cookery. Dishes offered are inventive and handcrafted with locally sourced ingredients, creating texture and flavor contrasts.
One MICHELIN STAR was awarded for its tasting menu, which reinvents European and Nordic classics that appear modest but are riddled with ingenious and imaginative pairings, as well as a sophisticated layering of textures and flavors.
Chef Steve Lancaster presents his culinary masterpieces in a monochrome chamber with theatrical lighting to draw attention to the food. The Chicken, Bacon, and Onion meal consists of a chicken lollipop packed with chicken mousse and served above a shallot purée cooked with bacon and onion, which adds flavor depth.
Chef Kevin Wong, alumnus of prominent institutions in France, the United States, and Singapore, opened the restaurant in 2022 to express his passion for the Malay Archipelago. His seafood-focused tasting menus pay homage to Malaysian culinary traditions by making liberal use of native ingredients, flavors, and methods. The presentation is precise and artistic, and the flavors are delicate and well-balanced.
4. Sushi Sakuta
With a 10-seat counter built from a 200-year-old cypress tree from Nara, Japan, the space is basic yet lovely. Chef-owner Yoshio Sakuta collaborates closely with the all-Japanese culinary crew to create a seasonally inspired omakase menu featuring sushi and Japanese seafood, as well as luxury products such as caviar and truffles.
Singaporean chef Nicolas Tam, who has experience in various prominent kitchens, opened Willow as his first restaurant. His refined, precise, and balanced pan-Asian tasting menu features largely Japanese ingredients and his strong French skills. The meals are served and introduced by the chefs themselves, and they flow flawlessly and build on each other.
FULL LIST below in alphabetical order:
Full List of One Michelin Star Restaurants in Singapore 2023
- 28 Wilkie – Italian Contemporary
- Alma – European Contemporary
- Art di Daniele Sperindio – Italian
- Béni – French Contemporary
- Born – Innovative
- Braci – Italian Contemporary
- Buona Terra – Italian Contemporary
- Burnt Ends – Barbecue
- Candlenut – Peranakan
- Chef Kang’s – Cantonese
- Cure – European Contemporary
- CUT – Steakhouse
- Esora – Innovative
- Euphoria – Innovative
- Hamamoto – Sushi
- Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle – Street Food
- Iggy’s – European Contemporary
- Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine (Orchard) – Teochew
- JAG – French Contemporary
- La Dame de Pic – French Contemporary
- Labyrinth – Innovative
- Lei Garden – Cantonese
- Lerouy – French Contemporary
- Ma Cuisine – French
- Marguerite – European Contemporary
- Meta – Innovative
- Nae:um – Korean Contemporary
- Nouri – Innovative
- Oshino – Sushi
- Poise (new) – European Contemporary
- Putien (Kitchener Road) – Fujian
- Rêve – European Contemporary
- Rhubarb – French Contemporary
- Seroja (new) – Malaysian Contemporary
- Shinji (Bras Basah Road) – Sushi
- Shisen Hanten – Cantonese ＆ Sichuan
- Sommer – European Contemporary
- Summer Palace – Cantonese
- Summer Pavilion – Cantonese
- Sushi Ichi – Sushi
- Sushi Kimura – Sushi
- Sushi Sakuta (new) – Sushi
- Table65 – European Contemporary
- Terra – Italian Contemporary
- Whitegrass – French Contemporary
- Willow (new) – Asian Contemporary
Michelin Green Star Restaurant in Singapore 2023
- Seroja – Malaysian Contemporary
The Michelin Green Star recognizes restaurants that are at the forefront of the industry for their sustainable practices and dining experiences that combine culinary brilliance with excellent eco-friendly commitments.
Seroja, a freshly minted one Michelin Starred restaurant, also receives its first-ever MICHELIN Green Star in the MICHELIN Guide Singapore 2023.
Seroja uses Malaysian and Singaporean produce while conveying the beauty of nature in meals that represent the delicate seasonality dependent on the microclimate. The efforts to treasure the products are reflected in the cuisine as well as the non-alcoholic beverage pairing, which uses vegetable trimmings and more in their beverage creation. The restaurant also believes in continuing education by offering short courses to employees and doing scientific research.
Full List of Two Michelin Stars Restaurants in Singapore 2023
- Cloudstreet – Innovative
- JAAN by Kirk Westaway – British Contemporary
- Saint Pierre – French Contemporary
- Shoukouwa – Sushi
- Thevar – Innovative
- Waku Ghin – Japanese Contemporary
Full List of Three Michelin Stars Restaurants in Singapore 2023
- Les Amis – French
- Odette – French Contemporary
- Zen – European Contemporary
Michelin Guide Service Award: Desmond Wong
The 2023 MICHELIN Guide Service Award seeks to recognize and reward competent and talented individuals that significantly improve the customer experience. Desmond Wong of Shoukouwa, a two-Michelin-starred restaurant, receives this honor.
Wong has been with Shoukouwa since its inception. He is familiar with the qualities of the foods utilized, as well as the wine list and sake choices. He always gives diners expert advice and makes suitable recommendations. Wong bridges the communication gap between the cook and the diners by initiating intriguing interactions with customers.
Michelin Guide Sommelier Award: Makoto Iwabuchi
The 2023 MICHELIN Guide Sommelier Award recognizes the abilities, expertise, and enthusiasm of the industry’s top sommeliers. The Sommelier Award is being presented this year.
Sushi Sakuta, a freshly awarded one MICHELIN Starred restaurant, presented Makoto Iwabuchi with this accolade.
Iwabuchi has a strong academic foundation in wine and a wealth of understanding in both wine and sake. Iwabuchi, who has spent over 15 years in Southeast Asia and Japan, is professional in his services and recommendations after studying the guests’ tastes.
Michelin Guide Young Chef Award: Kevin Wong
The 2023 MICHELIN Guide Young Chef Award honors a young chef working in one of the selected restaurants who has impressed the inspectors with his or her extraordinary talent and promise. This year’s prize goes to Kevin Wong of Seroja, a freshly minted one MICHELIN Starred and MICHELIN Green Star restaurant.
Wong is youthful and passionate, and he expertly incorporates Malay and Southeast Asian ingredients and spices into his recipes, resulting in refined and tasty meals. He began his career in the culinary profession at the age of 14 and has worked in France, San Francisco, Tokyo, and Singapore.
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