The 2014 Michelin Guide to Hong Kong and Macau has been announced. The big news this year is that there are three new three-stars in the guide. In Hong Kong, Bo Innovation and Sushi Shikon earned top honors, while in Macau The Eight also joins the list of three-stars. This brings the region's total to seven three-star restaurants, compared to last year's five. Interestingly, both of Macau's three-star restaurants are located in the Grand Lisboa Hotel (Robuchon au Dôme, The Eight). Michelin bedazzled French chef Joël Robuchon maintains his three-stars at Hong Kong's L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon and Macau's Robuchon au Dôme.
In downgrades, previously three-starred Caprice fell to two stars this year. Reps from the restaurant tell the Wall Street Journal that they assume the August departure of chef Vincent Thierry is responsible for the loss of their third star. Also at the two-star level, Alain Ducasse maintains his two-star rating at Hong Kong's Spoon by Alain Ducasse and Pierre Gagnaire's restaurant Pierre at the Mandarin Oriental also earns two stars, up from one last year.
There are three new two-star restaurants this year, all of which are in Hong Kong: Pierre, T'ang Court, and Wagyu Takumi. There are 16 new one-star restaurants, four of which are in Macau and 12 of which are in Hong Kong. New one-stars include Golden Leaf, Il Milione, and Sing Kee in Hong Kong and Jade Dragon, King, The Golden Peacock, and The Kitchen in Macau.
This brings the grand totals to seven three-stars, 15 two-stars, 51 one-stars, and 78 Bib Gourmands. By way of comparison, Tokyo has 13 three-stars, Western Japan (including Kyoto, Kobe, Osaka, and Nara) has 14 three-stars, Great Britain has four, New York City has seven, Germany has 11, and San Francisco has two. Check out the press release and the full list of winners below: