For the second year running, French tire company Michelin released a dining guide to Guangzhou, the port city in southern China. And for the first time, the dining inspectors bestowed two-stars on a Guangzhou restaurant.
Jiang By Chef Fei was elevated to two-star status after earning one star in the 2018 Michelin guide to Guangzhou. The Cantonese restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental offers seafood, Cantonese barbecue, and dim sum, according to Michelin. Unlike many of Michelin’s multi-starred restaurants, the menu is a la carte.
Michelin also gave three new restaurants a Michelin star in 2019. Famous Cuisine, Imperial Treasure Fine Chinese Cuisine, and Song bring the total number of starred restaurants in the guide to 11, up from eight last year. Guangzhou is known for its Cantonese food, but Michelin points out that there’s a variety of cuisine represented among its 28 Bib Gourmand selections (restaurants that cost less than Michelin’s typical recommendations), including Indian, Indonesian, and Singaporean.
The guide is small, especially given that Guangzhou, China’s third largest city, has a population of 13 million people. Compare that to Michelin’s guide to Hong Kong, a city of over 7 million, with a fair number of the European, fine-dining restaurants Michelin favors: it includes 63 restaurants that meet Michelin’s star standards, including seven restaurants with three stars. In Guangzhou, no restaurants earned Michelin’s highest three-star distinction.
Below, the full list of Guangzhou’s Michelin stars.
Jiang By Chef Fei
Imperial Treasure Fine Chinese Cuisine
Bing sheng Mansion
Bing sheng Private Kitchen
Lei Garden (Yuexiu)
Yu Yue Heen