Today, the Michelin Guide turns its attention to Hong Kong and Macau in this year's dissemination of star ratings. The two cities maintained their level of three star restaurants — four in Hong Kong and one in Macau — while the number of two and one star restaurants each jumped up from last year's guide to reflect an ever-evolving dining scene. The number of two-star restaurants increased to a total of 17 (from 13), including newcomers to the guide, Sushi Yoshitake and Ryu Gin.
Meanwhile, there was some shifting between stars. Ah Yat Harbour View, Summer Palace, Golden Flower and Tin Lung Heen were all bumped up to two stars, while Pierre at the Mandarin Oriental hotel and Lei Garden (Mong Kok) each lost stars to remain at one star. Finally, 13 new restaurants earned a single star, bringing that total to 46. According to the Wall Street Journal, these Hong Kong listings have nearly doubled in the five years since they first started publishing the guide and "40% of the guide's 2013 edition has changed since last year alone." Here's the press release:
· @ElizabethOnFood [Twitter]
· Hong Kong Earns Michelin Two-Star Boost [WSJ]
· Michelin Awards Two Stars to More Restaurants in Hong Kong [Bloomberg]
· All Michelin Guide Coverage on Eater [-E-]
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