After more than a year’s delay, the highly anticipated results of the 2019 Michelin Guide Singapore are finally in. The fourth edition of the Guide, which was unveiled during a gala dinner held at Capella Singapore, now has 44 Michelin-starred establishments — a significant  bump from last year’s list of 39 restaurants.

The updated list also saw lots of surprises.

Modern French restaurants Odette and Les Amis are now Singapore’s latest three-Michelin-starred restaurants, the Guide’s highest accolade which indicates ‘exceptional cuisine that is worth a special journey.’ Joel Robuchon at Resorts World Sentosa was previously the only three-Michelin-starred restaurant until it closed.

 

In the run-up to this year’s Michelin Guide, the local dining scene has seen the exit of some renowned names such as Bacchanalia and Whitegrass (which has since re-opened with a new chef). But Singapore also welcomed a wave of new promising restaurants that are impressing diners at home and abroad with their cuisine.

It’s certainly reflective on the updated list of one-Michelin-starred restaurants. Basque Kitchen, Cheek Bistro, Restaurant JAG, Vianney Massot Restaurant (formerly Bacchanalia by Vianney Massot), Table 65 and Lerouy are some of the new names inducted into the Guide’s tally of ‘very good restaurants.’

In the meantime, restaurants Jaan by Kirk Westaway, Labyrinth and Nouri have managed to retain their one stars.
This brings the total of one-Michelin-starred restaurants to 37 this year, up from 34 last year.

 

“It’s not for me, it’s for my team who has worked really hard,” says Basque Kitchen’s chef Aitor Jeronimo. “We weren’t really looking for it, we weren’t expecting it.”

For chef Rishi Naleendra, who represented Cheek Bistro at the awards ceremony, the one star was unexpected as well. “The email (from the Michelin Guide) was delivered to the restaurant’s inbox. So my team found out about it before me.”

New restaurants are also highlight on Singapore’s list of two-Michelin-starred restaurants. Restaurant Zen, the Singapore offshoot of Stockholm’s Frantzen catapulted to two stars in their debut on the Guide. Contemporary French restaurant Saint Pierre, which had gotten a star last year, has now been elevated to two stars as well.

Restaurants Waku Ghin, Shisen Hanten and Shoukouwa continue to hold on to their two stars.

 

The Michelin Guide Singapore, like all international editions, is the result of numerous tastings across the country by anonymous inspectors. Achieving a star on the Guide spells a massive pick up in reservations and business for restaurants — a much-needed boost in this increasingly competitive dining scene.

The 2019 Guide is also accompanied by the Bib Gourmand, a list recognising noteworthy eats that are wallet-friendly. Check out this year’s list here.

For the complete list of Michelin-starred restaurants, see below. (* marks fresh entries)

Three Michelin Stars

Exceptional cuisine that is worth a special journey

Les Amis*

Odette*

Two Michelin Stars

Excellent cooking that is worth a detour

Saint Pierre*
Shisen Hanten
Shoukouwa
Waku Ghin
Restaurant Zen*

One Michelin Star

A very good restaurant
Alma
Basque Kitchen*
Beni
Braci
Buona Terra*
Burnt Ends
Candlenut
Chef Kang’s
Cheek Bistro*
Corner House
Cut by Wolfgang Puck
Garibaldi
Hawker Chan (Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle)
Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle
Iggy’s
Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine
Jaan by Kirk Westaway
Jiang Nan Chun
Labyrinth
Lei Garden
Ma Cuisine
Meta
Nouri
Putien (Kitchener Road)
Restaurant JAG*
Restaurant Lerouy*
Rhubarb
Shinji (Bras Basah Road)
Shinji (Tanglin Road)
Summer Palace
Summer Pavilion
Sushi Ichi
Sushi Kimura
Table 65
Terra*
The Song of India
Vianney Massot Restaurant*

Jasmine Tay
Senior Writer
Jasmine Tay is the dining, culture and jewellery writer. She makes fine silver jewellery and causes mini-explosions in the kitchen when she can't afford fancy dinners. Sometimes she tells people what she thinks about art, and binges on the music of Danzig when they don’t agree.