5 restaurants in Singapore win first Michelin star

5 restaurants in Singapore win first Michelin star
Celebrating their restaurants' new Michelin stars are (from left) chef Lam Hon Tim from Jiang-Nan Chun, chef Mathieu Escoffier from Ma Cuisine, Ms Katrina Wheeldon from Burnt Ends, chef Tomoo Kimura from Sushi Kimura and chef Ivan Brehm from Nouri.
PHOTO: The Straits Times

Five restaurants were awarded their first Michelin star last night, at the launch of the Michelin Guide Singapore 2018.

They are modern Australian barbecue restaurant Burnt Ends in Teck Lim Road; Jiang-Nan Chun, which serves Cantonese and southern Chinese food at the Four Seasons Hotel; wine-centric French restaurant Ma Cuisine in Craig Road; Nouri in Amoy Street, which serves what it calls crossroads cooking; and Sushi Kimura at Palais Renaissance.

With the closure of Joel Robuchon Restaurant at Resorts World Sentosa last month, there is no three-starred establishment here.

Five restaurants - Les Amis at Shaw Centre, Odette at the National Gallery Singapore, Shisen Hanten at Mandarin Orchard Singapore, Shoukouwa at One Fullerton and Waku Ghin at Marina Bay Sands - kept their two stars.

L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon and Restaurant Andre were not on the list as they have closed.

Of the one-starred restaurants, Osia at Resorts World Sentosa was dropped from the list. The other establishments are unchanged from last year. Hawker stalls Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle in Crawford Lane and Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle at Chinatown Complex have kept their one-star status since the launch of the guide here in 2016.

In all, Singapore has 39 starred restaurants with a total of 44 stars, compared with 38 restaurants and 47 stars last year.

Ms Edina Hong, 46, co-owner of one-starred Saint Pierre and two-starred Shoukouwa, said: "I am very happy and relieved. I haven't been able to sleep the past two weeks.

17 new entrants to Michelin's Bib Gourmand list for 2018

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    CHAI CHUAN TOU YANG ROU TANG

    Address: 163 Bukit Merah Central, #01-51, S150163

    Opening hours: Monday to Saturday (11am to 2.30pm), closed on Sunday

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    CHUAN KEE BONELESS BRAISED DUCK

    Address: 20 Ghim Moh Road, #01-161, S270020

    Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday (10am to 8pm)

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    FRESH TASTE BIG PRAWN NOODLE

    Address: 70 Zion Rd, S247792

    Opening hours: Monday to Friday (6pm to 11.30pm), Saturday and Sunday (12pm to 1am)

    Photo: Burpple/Khaw Han Chung

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    HENG CARROT CAKE

    Address: 500 Clemenceau Avenue North, #01-28, S229495

    Opening hours: Daily (5pm to 1am)

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    HONG KONG YUMMY SOUP

    Address: 7 Maxwell Road, Amoy Street Food Centre #01-18

    Telephone: 6221 1155

    Opening hours: 10am to 4pm (Monday to Saturday, closed on Sunday and public holidays)

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    LAO FU ZI FRIED KWAY TEOW

    Address: 51 Old Airport Rd, #01-12, S390051

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    LIAN HE BEN JI CLAYPOT RICE

    Address: 335 Smith Street, 02-197/198/199, S050335 Telephone 6227 2470

    Opening hours: Friday to Wednesday (4.30pm to 10pm), closed on Tuesday

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    OUTRAM PARK FRIED KWAY TEOW

    Address: 531A Upper Cross St, S051531

    Telephone: 6225 5632

    Opening hours: Open daily (7am to 9pm)

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    ROLINA TRADITIONAL HAINANESE CURRY PUFF

    Address: Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market and Food Centre, 6 Tanjong Pagar Plaza, #02-15, Singapore 081006

    Telephone: 9234 0521

    Opening hours: Open daily (9am to 2pm)

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    SHI WEI DA TEOCHEW PORRIDGE

    Address: Fengshan Market and Food Centre, Blk 85 Bedok North Street 4, #01-236, S460085

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    TAI WAH PORK NOODLE

    Address: 531A Upper Cross St, #02-16, S051531

    Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday (9.30am to 7.30pm), closed on Monday

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    TIONG BAHRU YI SHENG FRIED HOKKIEN PRAWN MEE

    Address: 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-13, S150006

    Telephone: 9862 9296

    Opening hours: Wednesday to Monday (3pm to 10.45pm), closed on Tuesday Photo: Burpple/Alexis Chiau

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    MUTHU'S CURRY (RACE COURSE ROAD)

    Address: 138 Race Course Rd, #01-01, S218591

    Telephone: 6392 1722

    Opening hours: Open daily (10.30am to 10.30pm)

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    SIK BAO SIN (GEYLANG ROAD)

    Address: 592 Geylang Road, S389531

    Telephone: 6744 3757

    Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday (11.45am to 2.30pm, 5.45pm to 9.30pm), closed on Monday

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    THE COCONUT CLUB (ANN SIANG HILL)

    Address: 6 Ann Siang Hill, S069787

    Telephone: 6635 2999

    Opening hours: Monday to Saturday (11am to 3pm, 6pm to 9.30pm), Sunday (11am to 3pm)

    Photo: Instagram/TheCoconutClub

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    EMINENT FROG PORRIDGE & SEAFOOD

    Address: 323 Geylang Rd S389359

    Telephone 9842 2941

    Opening hours: Daily (4pm to 4am)

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    SIN KEE FAMOUS CANTONESE CHICKEN RICE

    Address: 40 Holland Drive, S270040

    Telephone: 8428 7865

    Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday (11am to 4pm), closed on Monday

"There was a lot of stress over Shoukouwa. Two Michelin stars is a lot to live up to, and this is only our third year of operations. Running a Japanese restaurant has been a steep learning curve, and I was worried we might lose a star."

Chinese executive chef Lam Hon Tim, 41, of Jiang-Nan Chun, said in Mandarin: "I do feel some pressure, but I am also motivated."

Nouri chef Ivan Brehm, 34, said: "We are breaking new ground. While the star feels like validation, it continues to egg us on to continue doing what we are doing, to remind people of their own humanity through food."

Chef and co-owner of Ma Cuisine Mathieu Escoffier, 31, said: "It is amazing because I think we are the first gastro wine bar in Asia to have this accolade of one Michelin star.

"It just means we are doing our job, and that is fantastic."

The awards were presented by Mr Michael Ellis, international director and chief inspector of Michelin Guides. He is leaving his position in September to join the Dubai-based luxury hotel group Jumeirah.

More than 400 guests, including restaurateurs and chefs, and members of the public who paid $595per person, excluding taxes, attended the event at Resorts World Sentosa.

They sat down to a six-course wine-pairing dinner prepared by chefs from Michelin-starred establishments. They were chefs Sun Kim of Meta in Keong Saik Road, Emmanuel Stroobant of Saint Pierre and Rishi Naleendra of Cheek By Jowl in Boon Tat Street - all with one Michelin star each.

They were joined by chef Alvin Leung of three-Michelin-starred Bo Innovation in Hong Kong and newly opened Forbidden Duck in Singapore; chef Lam Ming Kin of one-Michelin-starred Longtail in Taipei; and chef Arnaud Dunand Sauthier of two-Michelin-starred Le Normandie at the Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok.

Asked about Singapore not having a three-star restaurant, businessman Jon Chee, 43, who attended the gala dinner, said: "When there is so much movement, with restaurants exiting, I think everybody needs to maintain the status quo until a superstar is ready."

The guide is put out by French tyre company Michelin.

Its inspectors, who dine independently and anonymously, assess the restaurants. The judging criteria include food quality, cooking techniques and value for money.

Michelin-starred restaurants in S'pore

TWO STARS

•Les Amis

•Odette

•Shisen Hanten

•Shoukouwa

•Waku Ghin

ONE STAR

•Alma by Juan Amador

•Bacchanalia

•Beni

•Braci

•Burnt Ends

•Candlenut

•Cheek By Jowl

•Chef Kang's

•Corner House

•Crystal Jade Golden Palace

•Cut by Wolfgang Puck

•Garibaldi

•Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle

•Iggy's

•Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine (Ion Orchard)

•Jaan

•Jiang-Nan Chun

•Labyrinth

•Lei Garden

•Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle

•Ma Cuisine

•Meta

•Nouri

•Putien (Kitchener Road)

•Rhubarb Le Restaurant

•Saint Pierre

•Shinji by Kanesaka (Carlton Hotel)

•Shinji by Kanesaka (St Regis Singapore)

•Summer Palace

•Summer Pavilion

•Sushi Kimura

•Sushi Ichi

•The Song of India

•Whitegrass

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