Today, Michelin, the tire company that awards stars to its favorite fine dining destinations, released its 2018 guide to Hong Kong and Macau. The list includes 74 starred recommendations in Hong Kong and 18 in Macau.
As in last year’s guide, the same eight restaurants retained three Michelin stars this year, including Eater Essential 38 restaurant Lung King Heen, which became the first restaurant from a Chinese chef to earn three stars, back in the 2009 Michelin guide. The two-star category — those restaurants that are “worth a detour” — is equally snoozy. The same 16 restaurants, 11 in Hong Kong and five in Macau, retained their stars.
Michelin added just eight new one-star selections to the guide this year, all in Hong Kong. They include Arcane, Kaiseki Den by Saotome, Imperial Treasure, and Cantonese restaurants Ying Jee Club and Yee Tung Heen.
Unsurprisingly, given Michelin’s well-noted preference for high-end French and Japanese cuisine, two new restaurants from French chefs received one star this year: the Ocean, run by chef Olivier Bellin, and Alain Ducasse’s Rech. Plus, Tate, chef Vicky Lau’s French and Japanese stunner, and one of Hong Kong’s best new restaurants, gets a star once again following a move to a new location.
See below for the press release and full list of Michelin stars: