The selections marked several world-firsts in the 115-year history of the global dining guide: street food was awarded with Michelin stars for the first time, and Australian and Peranakan restaurants made their global debut among Michelin's starred category. Out of the total of 138 selections in the guide, which spanned 36 different cuisine categories and food establishments of every stripe (from food stalls in traditional hawkers centres to cze char eateries and fine-dining restaurants), 29 restaurants received one, two and three star ratings, while 34 were celebrated in the Bib Gourmand category for offering affordable, quality cooking. There are about 55 hawker listings among the selections.
In the starred restaurants category, Michelin crowned as the city-state’s first (and only) three-Michelin-starred restaurant, Joel Robuchon, a revered bastion of fine dining that offers refined contemporary French cuisine in a majestic dining room on Singapore’s popular leisure island of Sentosa.
As a nod to the diversity of Singapore’s food culture, two hawker stalls - Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle (pictured left) and Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle - have also been awarded with a prized Michelin star, marking the first time the Guide has recognised street food in this category.
This now makes Singapore home to the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred meals in the world. A plate of chicken rice from Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle in Chinatown Complex Market and Food Centre starts from just S$2, while a bowl of bak chor mee (or minced meat noodles) from Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle starts from S$4.
In the one-star category, Peranakan cuisine - one of Singapore’s oldest fusion cuisines combining Chinese and Malay influences - is recognised as a category by Michelin for the very first time, with one-star awarding of Candlenut, a modern Peranakan restaurant by young Singaporean chef Malcolm Lee at its helm. Indian food also got its due recognition with decade-old Indian fine-dining restaurant Song of India garnering its first star.
In the one star category: Ivan Brehm of Kitchen at Bacchanalia (top left); the interiors of Putien (Kitchener Road) (top right); a sashimi platter by Shinji by Kanesaka (bottom left); Malcolm Lee of Candlenut (bottom right).
A year-long programme of events
Michelin and their local supporting partner for the Michelin Guide Singapore, Robert Parker Wine Advocate, have officially circled 21 July 2016 as the official launch date for the inaugural Michelin guidebook to Singapore.
For the first time in the world, Singapore’s maiden Michelin stars will be handed out during a gala dinner-cum-awards ceremony held on the same evening at a grand ballroom in the Resorts World Sentosa. In yet another unprecedented move, members of the public will be able to buy tickets to the usually invite-only event to share the first tears of joy, surprise and pride with chefs from the city’s finest dining establishments.
Guests will get to savour an extraordinary dinner featuring a span of courses collaboratively prepared by Joël Robuchon and other celebrated local chefs, with a luxurious line-up of 12 wines specially selected by the Robert Parker Wine Advocate's team of wine reviewers from the Family of Twelve, a fraternity of wineries from New Zealand.
But the convention-breaking doesn’t just stop there. International Director of the Michelin Guides, Michael Ellis will be taking some time out from his fully packed schedule to host an interactive trade seminar on 22 July for over 100 Singapore-based chefs and restaurateurs in the food and beverage industry.
Through the seminar - the first of its kind organised by Michelin - Mr Ellis will share insights on how Michelin recruits its inspectors and the qualities it looks for in potential candidates, as well as elaborate on the criteria that Michelin inspectors adhere to when reviewing a restaurant’s cuisine. Finally, he will address the perennial question of how inspectors assure the same quality levels of the stars in different countries and across different cuisine types. More booking details will be announced on our Events page by 15 June.
A year-long programme of events will also be rolled out by Michelin and Robert Parker Wine Advocate in conjunction with the Michelin Guide Singapore 2016 launch, such as the International Chef Dining series, which will see renowned chefs with multiple Michelin stars under their belt fly in to prepare exclusive dinners for Singapore diners, as well as the Local Chef Dining series, which will celebrate and spotlight Singapore’s newly crowned chefs and restaurants. A Michelin-Matter of Taste dinner - a special edition of Robert Parker Wine Advocate’s cornerstone Matter of Taste event held annually in Singapore for the last three years - will also take place in October.
And lastly, in keeping with Michelin Guide Singapore's aim to not just listen in on the food conversation in Singapore but also to help drive it, we’re launching a Guess the Stars contest, where 23 winners will get to take home a total S$200,000 worth of prizes, including a grand prize of dinner for two in a three-Michelin-starred restaurant in New York, Business Class return tickets there, as well as dinners in all the two- and three-starred restaurants listed in the upcoming Singapore guide, a year’s supply of premium sparkling water and a whole case of Dom Perignon.
Can’t wait? Send in your best guesses now, buy your ticket to our gala dinner, pre-order your guidebook today to be among the first in Singapore to have one in your hands, or sign up for our newsletter to stay updated on the latest happenings!
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