Months of speculation by food bloggers, gourmands and foodies were finally put to rest yesterday (21 July) when the Michelin Guide Singapore revealed its list of 29 Singapore dining establishments worthy of Michelin stars.
For restaurants, winning a Michelin star is like winning the Oscars – capable of taking an establishment from obscurity and turning it into an overnight superstar. In Michelin Guide parlance, the stars mean:
- 1 star: High-quality cooking, worth a stop
- 2 stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour
- 3 stars: Exceptional cooking, worth a special journey
In this Michelin Guide Singapore (first in Southeast Asia) which was revealed in the gala dinner last night, 22 outlets were awarded one star, six restaurants with two stars, while just one received the highest three stars. Two of the one-star recipients were hawker stalls, marking the first time Asian street food stalls entered the prestigious guide.
RWS wins seven Michelin stars
Four of Resorts World Sentosa’s restaurants made the Michelin Guide Singapore list, making it the de facto destination in Singapore hosting the most Michelin star-studded restaurants.
- Joël Robuchon Restaurant (3 stars)
- L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon (2 stars)
- Forest 森 (1 star)
- Osia Steak & Seafood Grill (1 star)
The big winner for the night is Joël Robuchon Restaurant, which is the only restaurant to receive 3 Michelin stars in this first edition of the guide. With the two stars won by L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, its sister restaurant found right next door, the five Michelin stars added to French Chef Joël Robuchon’s impressive list of Michelin stars.
Chef Robuchon, already the world’s most Michelin star-decorated chef, now has 30 stars under his belt.
“I am extremely proud of my team at Joël Robuchon Restaurant and L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon at RWS. The chefs, restaurant managers, sommeliers and service professionals here are exceptional and well-deserving of the stars.” – Joël Robuchon
Well-known Singapore celebrity chef Sam Leong who helms contemporary Chinese restaurant Forest 森 was ecstatic about its one Michelin star win.
“My dream has finally come true, I have been waiting for this moment for 25 years of my culinary career and I am very honoured to receive this award. This is the greatest achievement for me, my family and of course the team at Forest森.” – Sam Leong
Osia Steak and Seafood Grill which won 1 star is run by Australian celebrity chef Scott Webster who teamed up with Chef de Cuisine Douglas Tay since the Resort’s opening.
“The award would not have been possible without the strong commitment and passion of the entire team at Osia. This is a tremendous validation and we are very excited to deliver even more outstanding dining experiences to our guests.” – Douglas Tay
If you’re planning a trip to visit all Michelin-starred restaurants in Singapore, here’s the full list from the Singapore Michelin Guide website:
PS The knife-and-fork symbol (couvert) refers to the levels of comfort, decor and service of the restaurant. One couvert means “quite comfortable” while five couverts mean “luxury in the traditional style”. Black means basic while red is superior.