Michelin-star eateries 2017: 5 things to know about who made the cut in Singapore

With 11 new winners and only two dropouts, the second edition of Singapore's Michelin guide highlights one thing: the rising culinary scene here is pleasing more fastidious diners, or at least its restaurant inspectors.

While still nascent in the city-state, the century-old guide which began in France manages to recognise the efforts of more chefs and restaurants who have made their mark way before it made its entrance here last year. It also recommends rising chefs who have made a convincing first impression  - and hopefully, they're not a flash in the pan.

We have deconstructed the latest results with its string of new one-star eateries for your easy consumption. Here are five things to know about this year's results.


Photo: Saint Pierre

Receiving a coveted star this year are familiar and popular places where many diners have celebrated special occasions or gone there just for the food. All have managed to survive since the early years of the new millennium.

They are:

Garibaldi: Chef Roberto Galletti's restaurant in Purvis Street has been a popular haunt for Italian food lovers since 2003. He has received awards for his contemporary take on Italian cuisine.

Saint Pierre: Winning award after award not long after its opening in 2000, chef Emmanuel Stroobant has been creating modern French cuisine with inventive twists using seasonal produce from Europe and Japan. It's located at One Fullerton today

Iggy's: Established in 2004 by sommelier Ignatius Chan, the fine-dining restaurant showcases dishes based on ideas from Chan, who works with his kitchen team. Most are inspired by his dining experiences around the world. Now located at Hilton Hotel in Orchard Road after its early years at the Regent Hotel.

Imperial Treasures Fine Teochew Cuisine: A fixture at Takashimaya Square for many years till its move to ION Orchard last year, it is one of the restaurants under the huge Imperial Treasure group which began in 2004. It is their only restaurant here that specialises in Hong Kong-style Teochew food

Chef Kang's: Chef Ang Song Kang, who began his career with the famous Lei Garden restaurant, is particularly well-known from his time running Canton Wok. With a never-say-die spirit, he now operates from MacKenzie Road in Little India after moving from several locations.

Summer Palace: The long-running restaurant in the Regent Hotel gained more attention with its refined Hong Kong-style Cantonese cuisine in recent years with the combined efforts of executive chef Liu Ching Hai and dim sum chef Leong Kwok Sing.


Photo: Whitegrass

Also on the radar of Michelin inspectors were newcomers and up-and-coming ones who have made the cut but were unheard of by the general public. They are:

Braci: Using wood fire with the Josper oven and the shichirin grill for cooking, the restaurant with a rooftop bar in Boat Quay aims to "re-define and uplift" classic Italian cuisine, according to its website. Opened last year by the ilLido group of Italian restaurants, which was founded by renowned restaurateur Beppe de Vito.

Cheek By Jowl: Opened in early February 2016 by Chef Rishi Naleendra and his wife cum restaurant manager, Manuela Toniolo, the restaurant in Telok Ayer serves modern Australian cuisine paired with organic and biodynamic wines.

Labyrinth: Since its launch at the Esplanade in 2014 by chef LG Han, the restaurant has thrilled fans with gastronomic adventures featuring a multitude of local flavours in innovative creations with sensations of "sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami", according to its website.

Meta: A favourite with foodies since late 2015, the restaurant in Keong Saik Road serves up French-inspired cuisine with an Asian twist in a stylish setting. Some are not shy to rave about the cute chef too.

Whitegrass: Chef Sam Aisbett offers a contemporary Australian fine-dining experience using produce from Europe, Australia and Singapore in elegant presentation and setting at Chijmes. Opened last year, it was regarded as one of the best-kept secrets in town - but the secret's now out in the open.


Photo: Forest

Of the 29 restaurants that won listing last year, two have fallen out of favour with Michelin reviewers.

The two, which had a star each before, are Japanese chef Seita Nakahara's Terra, a Tokyo-inspired Italian eatery in Tras Street, and local celebrity chef Sam Leong's Forest (above), which offers contemporary Chinese dining at Resorts World Sentosa. The chef, who suffered nose cancer last year, had said he could not be as active as before.

The rest of the one-star winners of last year were relieved to have retained their status, especially the two street food stalls that surprised many and captured world attention when they snagged the award at its inaugural edition.

So, go on and join the queue at Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle and Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle and its outlets, which sprang up after its win last year.


Photo: Tetsuya

Waku Ghin, which opened at Marina Bay Sands in 2010, finally gets the two stars it deserves after winning one star last year.

The modern Japanese-European restaurant of Sydney's celebrity chef Tetsuya Wakuda (above) now joins the original list of two-star winners like L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Les Amis, Restaurant Andre and Odette, all of which have retained their standing.

Why did we say Tetsuya wins big? It's because he has inspired a few of his proteges who went on to become winning chefs too. The chefs of three new one-star restaurants - Cheek By Jowl, Whitegrass and Meta - had worked under his wings.


Photo: Joel Robuchon

Executive Chef Michael Michaelidis has managed to upkeep the legendary status of grand masterchef Joel Robuchon (above) at Resorts World Sentosa.

The younger chef is recognised for his skills in "marrying simple flavours and presenting food as visual artistry on a plate", according to its website. Its sister restaurant at the casino resort - L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon - managed to keep its two stars too.


11 restaurants enter Singapore Michelin guide for 2017 with one star

  • In: Braci. One of its specialties is the house-aged duck.
  • In: Cheek by Jowl. The 'Duck and Waffles' here is one of its playful creations.
  • In: At Chef Kang's, Cantonese-style creations like Crab with Glutinous Rice are among the popular signatures.
  • In: Iggy's creations like Cappellini with Sakura Ebi are inspired by Ignatius Chan's travel and dining experiences.
  • In: At Garibaldi, contemporary signatures include the sumptuous Angel Hair pasta with Hokkaido Scallop, Sea Urchin and Caviar.
  • In: Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine offers both classics and new creations like this Diced Abalone and Chicken Wrapped with Egg White Crepe.
  • In: Labyrinth offers an explosion of local flavours and textures in creations like Chili Crab, which is actually soft-shell crab with chili crab sauce ice cream and a sandy 'beach' made with Mantou crumbs.
  • In: Meta serves up modern fusion like this 40 hours cooked beef cheek.
  • In: Summer Palace at the Regent Hotel whips up refined Hong Kong-Cantonese classics and new creations like Superior Bird’s Nest with Lobster.
  • In: Whitegrass impresses guests with innovative dishes like Grass-Fed Beef from Scottish Highlands spiced up with Asian flavours.
  • In: Emmanuel Stroobant's Saint Pierre restaurant.
  • In: Saint Pierre has been one of the first bold creators of innovative cuisine in Singapore.
  • Out of 2017 Michelin guide: Sam Leong's Forest restaurant at Sentosa. The celebrity chef suffered nose cancer in 2016, which affected his work at his then one-star restaurant.
  • Forest restaurant has lost its one star, which it won in 2016.
  • Out: Also losing its one star is Terra restaurant in Tras Street.
  • Terra restaurant specialises in Tokyo-inspired Italian food, but it didn't gain the favour of Michelin inspectors for the second edition.

FULL LIST OF 38 EATERIES N MICHELIN GUIDE SINGAPORE 2017  (* indicates a new entrant)


Alma by Juan Amador




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



Putien (Kitchener Road)


Saint Pierre*

Shinji by Kanesaka (Bras Basah Rd/Carlton Hotel)

Shinji by Kanesaka (Tanglin Road/St Regis)

Summer Palace*

Summer Pavilion

Sushi Ichi

The Kitchen at Bacchanalia

The Song of India



L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon

Restaurant Andre

Les Amis


Shisen Hanten


Waku Ghin*


Joel Robuchon Restaurant