Today in Michelin news, it’s the 2019 stars for Taipei. The second-ever edition of the guide from the French purveyor of tires and guidebooks features three new two-starred restaurants and four new one-starred restaurants.
Two of the new two-star restaurants both appeared in the guide last year with one star. There’s Taïrroir, a modern Taiwanese restaurant from chef Kai Ho, and Raw, the essential Taipei tasting menu restaurant from world-renowned chef André Chiang. Chiang famously “gave back” his two Michelin stars for his acclaimed Singapore destination Restaurant André. The 2017 announcement came with the news that Chiang would be closing the seven-year-old restaurant. According to Michelin, Chiang has since moved back to his hometown where he’s able to devote more time to five-year-old restaurant Raw.
Sushi Amamoto, which appears in the guide for the first time, completes the list of new two-star restaurants. The 12-seat restaurant from chef Shogo Amamoto attracts a months-long waiting list for its 12-piece sushi omakase.
Four new one-starred restaurants made their way into the 2019 guide: among them, fine dining restaurants Impromptu by Paul Lee and Iogy. They’re joined by Mountain and Sea House, which serves traditional Taiwanese food, and Tainan Tai Tsu Mien Seafood, known for fresh seafood in a luxe setting.
The guide highlights 24 starred restaurants in all, including three-star Cantonese restaurant Le Palais along with a total of five two-star restaurants and 18 one-star restaurants. The red book also lists 58 of Michelin’s lower-priced Bib Gourmand selections. This section includes the street food that is so important to Taipei’s culinary scene. See the full list of Michelin’s picks here.
• Michelin Guide Taipei 2019 Selection [Michelin]