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This is where you need to eat in Singapore, new Michelin guide says

See which restaurant won (or lost) stars in the 2017 edition of the famous dining guide 

By BK staff | Jun 30, 2017

  • This is where you need to eat in Singapore, new Michelin guide says
    Braci
  • This is where you need to eat in Singapore, new Michelin guide says
    Iggy's

Last year, Singapore welcome its first edition of the Michelin Guide to much pomp at Resorts World Sentosa. A total of 29 establishments were awarded stars, including two hawker stalls among the mix of fine dining, celebrity chef and contemporary restaurants, making them the world’s first two Michelin-starred street food stalls.

This year, Singapore welcomes a total of 38 restaurants into the Michelin Guide Singapore family, a marginal increase compared to the inaugural edition. Note that Michelin stars are not lifetime achievements, but rather, are accolades to be earned again each year. And they go to the restaurant, not the chef.


One-Michelin-star recipients of the second edition of Michelin Guide Singapore

Most of the one-Michelin-starred recipients last year made it into the second edition, save for chef Sam Leong's contemporary Chinese restaurant Forest, and the beautiful spot perched atop Suntec City's Sky Garden, Terra.

Some notable new additions this year include the relatively young eatery along Boat Quay, Braci (by the same contemporary Italian restaurant group behind Aura at National Gallery Singapore), Unlisted Collection's drool-worthy modern Australian resto Cheek by Jowl and local fine dining institution Iggy's, which went through a major renovation last year and welcomed hot young new chef Aitor Jeronimo Orive.


Two-Michelin-star recipients of the second edition of Michelin Guide Singapore

All of last year’s two-Michelin-starred recipients returned this year, with one-Michelin-starred Waku Ghin (which lost its previous year’s top-10 status and dropping to #20 on this year’s Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2017 list) joining the pack by gaining an additional star this year.

And once again, the only recipient of the prestigious three-star accolade is, unsurprisingly, Joel Robuchon, which still seems to be a hot favorite among critics worldwide.

For the full list, visit the Michelin website.

Our colleagues at SG aren't exactly thrilled with these results. Nearly all these restaurant are located in central Singapore and doing European or Japanese cuisine. And the handful of token hawker stalls which got stars last year are unchanged:

[The lack of restaurants cooking Singaporean cuisine] has been a sore point for Michelin in Singapore since introducing it last year, and not awarding any additional hawkers this time round makes it plainly obvious that no effort has been put into this 2017 follow-up to survey local cuisine offerings. Guess it was much easier, and less costly, to award only Joel Robuchon the three stars because that requires little thinking and analysis of cuisine culture here.

Of course, this is also a great opportunity to once more speculate about Thailand's own inaugural Michelin guide, set to come out later this year. Can we do better than Singapore? Not necessarily. In fact, here's how bad things could get:

For the third year, Michelin has produced a guide to Brazil that covers the country’s two biggest cities, and for the third year, the list includes no three-star restaurants in either São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro. Also consistent with last year, the list includes a total of 19 starred restaurants. [Eater]

That's right, only one two-star restaurant and no three-stars. Are you feeling the heat, Bangkok?

 

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