Earlier this week, red restaurant guidebook Michelin announced its 2019 starred restaurants in Singapore. For the first time in the Singapore guide’s four-year history, there are two restaurants with three Michelin stars, Michelin’s highest honor.
Both of the newly crowned three-star restaurants are French. (Michelin is, after all, a French tire company with a notable preference for European fine dining.) Les Amis, led by chef Sébastien Lepinoy, opened in 1994 and bills itself as Singapore’s first independent fine dining restaurant. Michelin notes its wine list is “rightly considered one of the most dazzling in the Asian continent.” Odette, Singapore’s second three-star restaurant, combines French techniques with “International flavors,” according to Michelin. Its chef, Julien Royer, named the restaurant after his grandmother. Both restaurants were awarded two stars in the 2018 Michelin guide.
The Michelin Guides’ International Director Gwendal Poullennec says that with the new three-star restaurants, “Singapore enters a new dimension to the eyes and palate of food lovers.” However, this isn’t the first time a restaurant in Singapore has been awarded three stars. Singapore’s first three-Michelin-star restaurant, Joël Robuchon Restaurant, closed last June ahead of the 2018 guide.
The 2019 Michelin guide to Singapore also includes five two-star restaurants, including two new restaurants with two stars: French restaurant Saint Pierre moves up from one star, and Zén from Swedish chef Björn Frantzén makes its debut on the list with two stars after opening in November 2018. At the time, the Nordic-Japanese restaurant made headlines for possibly becoming the most expensive restaurant in Singapore at $450 per head.
There are 37 restaurants with one star this year, seven of these appearing among the starred selections for the first time. This list includes five European restaurants and two restaurants with roots in Australia. Two more newly starred restaurants were bumped up after receiving the lesser Michelin plate distinction last year: Italian restaurant Buona Terra and the unrelated Terra, which describes itself as “Japanese food culture in Italian cuisine.”
Here, the full list of Singapore’s Michelin stars.
Basque Kitchen by Aitor
CUT by Wolfgang Puck
Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle
Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine (Orchard)
Jaan by Kirk Westaway
Putien (Kitchener Road)
Shinji (Bras Basah Road)
Shinji (Tanglin Road)
The Song Of India