Singapore has not one, two, but three restaurants awarded three Michelin stars. Following a brief hiatus last year, the red guidebook is back this year, in 2021, with a virtual ceremony to crown the best eateries the island has to offer.
The fifth edition of the Michelin Guide Singapore sees both French restaurants Les Amis and Odette retaining their prestigious three stars title. And they are joined by new entrant Zen, who moved up one spot to share the same number of stars as its sister concept Frantzén in Stockholm.
“It’s humbling, and we are so thankful and grateful,” shares Zen’s head chef Tristin Farmer. “Especially for what we have been through as an industry… it’s the biggest success story for us.”
A total of 49 restaurants have been awarded stars this year, up from 44 in 2019.
On the two stars category, Saint Pierre, Shisen Hanten, Shoukouwa, and Wake Ghin manage to retain their positions. Jaan by Kirk Westaway, which puts a modern touch on British flavours, is a new addition to the list.
There are a total of 40 restaurants that took home one Michelin star, including seven new names. Some of them on the list: Cure by chef Andrew Walsh, Esora, Cantonese restaurant Shang Palace, Thevar that serves up a modern Indian menu, and caviar bar 28 Wilkie.
It's a double celebration for Cloudstreet; the restaurant debuts on the one-star list, and head chef Mark Tai also took home the inaugural Michelin Guide 2021 Young Chef Award, which seeks to recognise rising talents in the industry.
For an industry that has endured numerous changes, the return of the Michelin Guide Singapore is a positive signal that things are (hopefully) returning to normalcy. International director of the Michelin Guide, Gwendal Poullenne, says: “In this 2021 edition, we pay tribute to the perseverance and dedication of these professionals, who continue to bring us together over the finest gastronomy and experiences.”
Thankfully, it is now possible to dine out and visit these restaurants. Check out the full list of 2021 here:
Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle
Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine (Orchard)
Putien (Kitchener Road)
Shinji (Bras Basah Road)
Shinji (Tanglin Road)
28 Wilkie (New)
Basque Kitchen by Aitor (New)
Shang Palace (New)