Whether you’re looking for a restaurant to celebrate (be it birthdays, anniversaries, your latest job promotion…), want to impress your overseas friends, or simply feel like upping the ante on date night, look no further. Singapore now has 44 Michelin-star restaurants to suit your fancy, compared to 39 last year.
This year’s Michelin Guide Singapore, held at Capella Hotel in Sentosa, revealed that TWO restaurants received the maximum three stars this year: Odette and Les Amis. Both French fine-dining establishments previously held two stars each. (The last three-star recipient, Restaurant Joel Robuchon, closed down in June 2018.)
How are the restaurants picked and awarded?
The rating by anonymous Michelin inspectors are based on five criteria: Ingredients’ quality, mastery of cooking techniques and flavours, value for money, projection of the chef’s personality in his or her cuisine, and consistency (over time and across the entire menu).
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Here’s the breakdown:
One-star: 37 recipients, with nine new entrants
Two-stars: 5 recipients, with two new entrants
Three-stars: 2 new entrants
Other Singapore restaurants that made the prestigious list include Saint Pierre (promoted to two stars) and new entrants like Table 65, Basque Kitchen by Aitor, Buona Terra and Restaurant Zen. Restaurants that dropped off the list this year include Crystal Jade Golden Palace and Whitegrass (closed down).
Time to ditch your regular spots and treat your loved ones (and yourself!) to a meal they won’t soon forget. We’ve rounded up the full list of 44 Michelin-starred restaurants right here on our sunny island (New York, who?) for your convenience:
Three Michelin Stars
Recently awarded no. 1 at the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 awards in March 2019, the Instagram-worthy contemporary interiors at Odette is matched only by the exquisite French modern cuisine they serve. The restaurant, located in the iconic National Gallery Singapore, is helmed by Chef Julien Royer and prides itself on sourcing the best produce with the finest and purest flavours to craft their signature dishes.
At 1 St Andrew’s Rd, #01-04 National Gallery, Singapore 178957, tel: 6385 0498. Visit www.odetterestaurant.com
The French restaurant has earned itself the reputation of being one of the best classic French restaurants in Asia. Food connoisseurs from around Asia and all over the world has visited it since its inception in 1994, giving it their stamp of critical acclaim. It rightly deserves its recognition in the Michelin Guide.
At 1 Scotts Rd, #01-16/17/18 & #02-14/15/16 Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208, tel: 6733 2225.Visit www.lesamis.com.sg
Two Michelin Stars
Belgium Chef Emmanuel Stroobant opened Saint Pierre in 2000, and since then, through its change of locations and many creative menus, the restaurant has been delighting discerning gourmet lovers. In its current location at One Fullerton, with dining rooms facing the beautiful Marina Bay Area, they continue to serve up a fine dining experience that still never fails to tantalise the palate.
At 1 Fullerton Road, #02-02B, One Fullerton, Singapore 049213, tel: 6438 0887. Visit www.saintpierre.com.sg
This intimate 24-seater establishment may be the sister restaurant to Stockholm, Sweden’s three-Michelin-star Frantzén, but it’s on a whole new league of its own. Opened less than a year ago in November 2018, the restaurant has indeed proven itself in the culinary world. Zén’s tasting menu serves up modern French-Nordic cuisine with a Japanese influence, such as a tartlet with shredded Alaskan king crab and ikura. Do note the eye-watering prices — at about $450++ for the tasting menu.
At 41 Bukit Pasoh Rd, Singapore 089855, tel: 6534 8880. Visit www.restaurantzen.com
Akasaka Szechwan Restaurant, or Shisen Hanten as it is popularly known in Japan, was started in 1958 by the late Chef Chen Kenmin who is regarded as Japan’s “Father of Szechwan Cuisine”. Now helmed by third-generation Chef Chen Kentaro, the restaurant continues to delight diners with authentic Szechwan cuisine and dim sum in Japan. Its restaurant here, located at Mandarin Orchard Singapore, marks the chain’s debut outside of Japan, and has been garnering accolades ever since it opened.
At Level 35 Mandarin Orchard Singapore, 333 Orchard Road, Singapore 238867, tel: 6831 6266. Visit www.shisenhanten.com.sg
Hailing from long edomae sushi tradition, with Japanese chefs who have honed their artistry and skills for years at prestigious Ginza establishments, Shoukouwa is the place to go to for discerning sushi-loving foodies. There are no more than eight seats in front of the chef’s preparation table, so each sitting is an intimate affair that gives you personalised attention and lets you interact with the chefs directly.
At 1 Fullerton Rd, #02-02A One Fullerton, Singapore 049213, tel: 6423 9939. Visit www.shoukouwa.com.sg
Featuring award-winning Chef Tetsuya Wakuda’s 10-course dégustation menu and curation of award-winning premium sakes, Waku Ghin is the haven for every Japanese food lover’s ultimate dream feast. His beautiful creations are savoured in intimate settings, making each dining experience unforgettable.
At L2-01 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956, tel: 6688 8507. Visit Waku Ghin webpage
One Michelin Star
Priding itself as Singapore’s first Basque-centric restaurant (Basque is a region in northern Spain with the highest per capita concentration of Michelin-starred restaurants in the world), the establishment helmed by Head Chef Aitor Jeronimo Orive earned its first Michelin star within a year of its opening. Here, you can savour classic Basque cuisine featuring unique ingredient pairings, cooked with both contemporary and traditional methods. Don’t forget to complete your meal with one of their wines, spirits or ciders from the region too!
At 97 Amoy St, Singapore 069917, tel: 6224 2232. Visit www.basquekitchenbyaitor.com
For deliciously exciting Italian fare, look no further than this newbie on the Michelin-block. Located in a gorgeous colonial bungalow along Scotts Road, it’s helmed by Italian-born Chef Denis Lucchi who knows exactly where to source for the best, freshest produce for each dish. No Italian meal is complete without a bottle of wine, and the restaurant boasts over 250 labels and wine pairing for the entire menu.
At 29 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228224, tel: 6733 0209. Visit www.buonaterra.com.sg
For your next date night, check out this romantic French restaurant nestled in Duxton that boasts just seven tables. Prepare to be surprised and enthralled as Restaurant JAG serves up their dishes omakase-style with their exquisite tasting menus for lunch and dinner. At the helm is Michelin Star Chef Jeremy Gillon, who builds the menu around 40 hand-selected herbs that are flown in from Savoie, France.
At 76 Duxton Rd, Singapore 089535, tel: +65 3138 8477. Visit www.restaurantjag.com
Another newcomer is Table 65, which opened late December 2018 at Hotel Michael and is helmed by two celebrated Dutch chefs, Richard van Oostenbrugge and Thomas Groot. Great for both big or small groups, the restaurant makes fine dining relaxed and fun by inviting diners to sit at the bar (a kind of communal chef’s table) where you can interact with the chefs at work. It’s also a feast for your Instagram feed, as the restaurant plays with visual projections on your dining plates! Intrigued yet?
At 26 Sentosa Gateway, #01-104 & 105 Hotel Michael, Singapore 098138, tel: 6577 7939. Visit www.rwsentosa.com/en/restaurants/table65
At this vibrant fine-dining restaurant along foodie haven Tras Street, indulge in authentic Italian cuisine with a Japanese twist, but it’s not exactly fusion. Dishes are served omakase style by Chef Seita Nakahara, who tailors a bespoke menu to suit your needs and preferences, so you know you’re in for a unique and personalised experience. Each dish is created with traditional Italian techniques and features fresh seasonal ingredients from Japan.
At 54 Tras St, Singapore 078993, tel: 9751 2145. Visit www.terraseita.com
Get up close with the chefs at this chic intimate restaurant that boasts just 26 counter-style seats, where diners can watch and interact with Chef Christophe Lerouy as he plates up modern French cuisine that’s sure to delight the senses.
At 3 Stanley St, Singapore 068722, tel: 6221 3639. Visit www.lerouy.com
Fans of Michelin-starred Cheek By Jowl may have been surprised when it closed in March this year, but that’s because it’s taken on a new life as Cheek Bistro. With an updated setting that feels more casual and communal, a new team helmed by Head Chef Jay Teo and a refreshed menu with exciting new creations, you can still savour hearty, flavoursome and expertly-crafted Modern Australian food at this revamped joint. The service here is friendly and because of the casual vibes, it’s great not just for dining but chilling-out sessions with BFFs.
At 21 Boon Tat St, Singapore 069620, tel: 6221 1911. Visit https://cheekbistro.com
Since taking over the reins from Australian Chef Luke Armstrong in October 2018, executive chef Vianney Massot (he previously helmed the now-defunct two Michelin-starred L’Atelier de Joel Rubochon) has since revamped the French fine-dining restaurant from concept to menu and brought his eponymous establishment to greater heights. The 27-year-old is considered a prodigy in the kitchen, so you can expect to see on the menu high-quality heritage French cuisine presented creatively. Add on the hip vibes of Hong Kong Street – the trendy food enclave where the restaurant is located – and you have a must-try dining experience to be had here.
At 39 Hongkong St, Singapore 059678, tel: 6932 7293. Visit www.vianneymassot.com
This innovative dining concept may have shifted a few doors down, but it managed to preserve its quality. Located in the hip Bukit Pasoh conservation area at Keong Saik, the dishes they present are edgy and modern, but yet so pretty to look at you will be Instagramming non-stop before you tuck in. But don’t let their looks fool you, the classic French-inspired dishes with Asian twists will surely please your palate too.
At 1 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089109, tel: 6513 0898. Visit metarestaurant.sg
Modern European cuisine extraordinaire Juan Amador crafts culinary aromas and textures like no other, and when combined with Executive Chef Haikal Johari’s Asian flavours and influences from Thai to Japanese, you get an exciting fusion that will indulge your palate to its max.
At 22 Scotts Rd, Goodwood Park Hotel, Singapore 228221, tel: 6735 9937. Visit alma.sg
Integrating French fine dining cuisine and Japanese produce, you are brought on an intimate and indulgent gastronomic journey through a series of courses featuring the best of the four seasons here. The exclusive fine-dining establishment is helmed by Chef de Cuisine Kenji Yamanaka, who aims to share his passions in crafting beautiful and palate-pleasing dishes for all his diners’ enjoyment.
At 333A Orchard Road, #02-37 Mandarin Gallery, Singapore 238897, tel: 9159 3177. Visit www.beni-sg.com
Re-defining classic Italian cuisine through the use of the Josper oven and the shichirin grill, Braci presents bespoke dishes are best savoured with their excellent menu of creative cocktails. The intimate 20-seater restaurant also has a rooftop bar which offers a panoramic view over the Singapore River, the best accompaniment to your after-dinner drinks.
At 52 Boat Quay, #05-01/ #06-01, Singapore 049841, tel: 6866 1933. Visit www.braci.sg
The modern Australian barbecue restaurant is famous for its open-concept kitchen with custom-made grills and oven fired by coal, apple or almond wood. These “four tonne, dual cavity ovens and three elevation grills” heat up to over 1,700 degrees for the restaurant to serve the most flavourful barbecued meats. Since welcoming its first guests here in May 2013, the restaurant has been heating up the dining scene in Singapore with a reputation as the go-to for the best BBQ fare.
At 20 Teck Lim Rd, Singapore 088391, tel: 6224 3933. Visit burntends.com.sg
The world’s first and only Peranakan restaurant to be awarded a Michelin Star, Candlenut started off as a modest establishment in Neil Road and is now housed under the prestigious COMO Dempsey. Led by homegrown Chef Malcolm Lee with a fierce, dedicated passion to upkeep and refine the tradition of Peranakan food and using his modern techniques to bring the heritage fare to new heights.
At 17A Dempsey Rd, Singapore 249676. Visit Candlenut webpage
It’s always exciting to see another local Chinese food establishment inducted into the Michelin hall of fame. Chef Ang Song Kang, better known as Chef Kang has years of experience cooking and serving Cantonese cuisine, and his food is as authentic and honest as it can get. Tucking into his dishes is like meeting an old friend, so comforting.
At 25 Mackenzie Rd, Singapore 228681, tel: 6238 6263. Visit Chef Kang’s facebook page
Photo: Mag Tan on Chef Kang’s Facebook page.
Housed in a Conserved Building at Botanic Gardens where E J H Corner, then Assistant Director of the Botanic Gardens from 1929 to 1945, lived, this restaurant has a quaint charm you immediately fall in love with. But don’t let its unassuming façade fool you, the gastronomic experience here is comparable to any of the best fine dining restaurants you’ve tried, the highlight being Chef Jason Tan’s innovative Gastro-Botanica concept that gives plants a central role in the creation of dishes.
At 1 Cluny Rd, EJH Corner House Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 259569, tel: 6469 1000. Visit www.cornerhouse.com.sg
Beef lovers will be trilled by the selections here at CUT by Wolfgang Puck – from Australian Angus, Wagyu selections from across the USA, Australia and Japan, to true Japanese A5 Kobe Beef from Hyogo Prefecture. The classy, modern interiors give the restaurant a hip, cosmopolitan vibe.
At 2 Bayfront Avenue, B1-71 Galleria Level The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018972, tel: 6688 8517. Visit CUT webpage
Ask any Italian food lover which are their top restaurants for fine Italian fare and chances are Garibaldi will be on it. Instead of contemporary interpretations of Italian cuisine, Garibaldi’s focus is on authenticity with food prepared using ingredients mainly imported directly from Italy. Its elegant yet hip settings makes it one of Singapore’s most popular and lauded destinations for private parties and celebrations.
At 36 Purvis St, Singapore 188613, tel: 6837 1468. Visit www.garibaldi.com.sg
Singapore’s favourite bak chor mee is still on the Michelin list – a testament to the acclaim given to our local hawker food. The humble coffeeshop stall, now located at Crawford Lane (Lavender) saw its queues grew even longer when it won the Michelin Star last year, and it’s just going to get even more popular. Be sure to try it if you haven’t!
At #01-12 Tai Hwa Eating House, 466 Crawford Lane, Singapore 190466 (behind Immigration and Checkpoint Authority Building).
Photo: Kua Chee Siong/The Straits Times
At Iggy’s, the dining experience is always exciting, fresh and sometimes fun (just look at this dish of “ebi two ways” which comes with a translucent cracker). The restaurant has undergone a few reboots but with this new Michelin Award, has solidified its status as one of Singapore’s finest modern dining restaurants.
At 581 Orchard Rd, Level 3 Hilton Singapore, Singapore 238883, tel: 6732 2234. Visit www.iggys.com.sg
Photo: Wong Ah Yoke/The Straits Times
Another score for a Singaporean restaurant offering Teochew fare that comprise of the finest roast meats and seafood. Its new location at ION Orchard is more spacious and brighter, enhancing the overall experience. Dim sum lovers will be thrilled by the large selection here.
At #03-05 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801, tel: 6736 2118. Visit www.imperialtreasure.com
With a focus on elegant fine dining, this multi award-winning restaurant serves up the most exquisite modern European fare that uses the freshest ingredients and most innovative culinary techniques. Their 40-seater space is also perfect for that intimate wedding dinner or celebratory occasion.
At 2 Stamford Road Swissôtel, Level 70 The Stamford, Singapore 178882, tel: 6837 3322. Visit www.jaan.com.sg
When it comes to top-notch Cantonese fare, Jiang-Nan Chun located in Four Seasons Hotel never fails to live up to expectations. From chef-crafted dim sums, double-boiled soups, to Jiang-Nan Chun’s signature Peking Duck roasted in a mesquite wood-fired oven and served with caviar, every item on the menu is exquisitely prepared with ingredients of the highest quality.
At 190 Orchard Blvd, Four Seasons Hotel, Singapore 248646, tel: 6831 7220. Visit Jiang-Nan Chun webpage
When it comes to innovating local Singaporean food, Labyrinth shows why they are at the top of the game with their masterful techniques, culinary imagination and dedicated passion. Memorable items include the sizzling Labyrinth Chilli Crab, their modernised Hainanese Curry Rice and the Siew Yoke Umami Rice.
At 8 Raffles Ave, #02-23 Esplanade, Singapore 039802, tel: 6223 4098. Visit labyrinth.com.sg
The famous Hong Kong restaurant is now delighting Singaporean diners at its posh space in CHIJMES. Known for memorable Chinese dishes with crisp and delicate flavours, it is the go-to for those seeking the best that Chinese cuisine has to offer.
At 30 Victoria St, #01-24 Chijmes, Singapore 187996, tel: 6339 3822. Visit www.leigarden.hk/en/
The other hawker stall which was awarded a Michelin Star in 2017, the popular store is once again back to claim the award. Want to know why people are queuing up at their new location at 78 Smith St? Just try a plate of Hawker Chan’s signature soy sauce chicken to be convinced!
At 335 Smith St, #02-126 Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre, Singapore 050335, tel: 6221 1668. Visit Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle Facebook page
Photo: Hayes Ch’ng/Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle Facebook
Co-owners Anthony Charmetant and Mathieu Escoffier started Ma Cuisine with a shared passion, dynamism and love for wine. The gastro wine bar has cellars housing over 3,000 bottles, one of the most extensive offerings in Singapore. Each bottling is purposefully selected, guided by the simple belief of introducing genuine, high quality wines to guests for their enjoyment.
At 38 Craig Rd, Singapore 089676, tel: 6224 1838. Visit www.macuisinesg.com
With a modern concept that focuses on deconstructing ingredients, techniques, and flavours to identify moments of connection between global food traditions, Nouri provides a dining experience unlike any other. Be sure to try their “Teishoku” style menu which changes weekly based on the best selections available from their partner farms in Cameron Highlands, local markets and suppliers.
At 72 Amoy St, Singapore 069891, tel: 6221 4148. Visit nouri.com.sg
If you are looking for Chinese food that is honest and comforting, Putien is the place to go. The simplicity of the dishes here is refreshing – they are unpretentious and do not come with all the bells and whistles that fancier restaurants might have. But make no mistake, the quality is top notch and their service is also impeccable.
At 127 Kitchener Rd, Singapore 208514, tel: 6295 6358. Visit www.putien.com
Set in one of the charming shophouses in Duxton Hill, Rhubarb offers an intimate dining experience with just seven tables in the restaurant. Chef Paul Longworth wants to share his passion and vision of French gastronomy with diners, and you can tell from how beautiful the textures and flavours are in each of the dishes he and his young team of chefs create.
At 3 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089589, tel: 8127 5001. Visit www.rhubarb.sg
Shinji by Kanesaka is an extension of 1 Michelin Star Chef Shinji Kanesaka’s Edo-style sushi restaurant first set up in Tokyo’s exclusive Ginza district. The deep-rooted philosophy underpinning this endeavour is simply a passionate desire to share an appreciation for age-old Japanese culinary traditions without compromising its integrity. The omakase menu here is a must-try for serious Japanese food aficionados.
At 76 Bras Basah Rd, Carlton Hotel Singapore 189558, tel: 6338 6131; and 29 Tanglin Rd, The St. Regis Singapore, Singapore 247911, tel: 6884 8239. Visit www.shinjibykanesaka.com
The extensive selection of dim sum delicacies and Cantonese dishes crafted by Hong Kong chefs at Summer Palace is impressive. Each dish is also beautiful presented, and coupled with the specially-designed oriental interiors, it’s easy to see why this restaurant in Regent Singapore has been lauded time and time again.
At 1 Cuscaden Rd, Level 3 Regent Singapore, Singapore 249715, tel: 6725 3288. Visit Summer Palace webpage
Located at The Ritz Carlton, this acclaimed Chinese restaurant represents Asian fine dining at its best. The six-course degustation menu is highly recommended, which showcases the culinary excellence that won the restaurant its one Michelin Star, or savour the other exquisite and contemporary Cantonese cuisine and dim sum handcrafted by Chinese Executive Chef, Cheung Siu Kong.
At 7 Raffles Ave, The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore, Singapore 039799, tel: 6434 5286. Visit Summer Pavilion webpage
A branch of the award-winning Tokyo-based Ginza Suhi Ichi, this restaurant is one of the few offering edomae-style sushi here. Each handcrafted piece of sushi takes patience and skill to prepare, with the freshest ingredients imported directly from Japan. Go for the full Omakase course if you can, because that’s the ultimate experience.
At 320 Orchard Road, #01-04 Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, Singapore 238865, tel: 6235 5514. Visit www.ginza-sushiichi.jp/english/shop/singapore.html
Sushi Kimura focus on a refined dining experience and respect for tradition is reflected in the restaurant’s offerings of premium ingredients, preparation and personal touches. Helmed by Master Chef Tomoo Kimura who graduated from the Hattri Nutrition College in 1997 and has spent some two decades refining his art of sushi making in Tokyo, Sushi Kimura brings the best of Japanese fine dining to Singapore.
At 390 Orchard Rd, #01-07 Palais Renaissance, Singapore 238871, tel: 6734 3520. Visit sushikimura.com.sg
Serving up creative and modern takes of Indian cuisine is this elegant establishment headed by Corporate Executive Chef Manjunath Mural, who has over 14 years of experience in preparing Indian cuisine. The a la carte menu is extensive and also changes regularly as the strive to bring exciting new twists to classic Indian dishes. Indian food lovers must give this restaurant a try if you haven’t.
At 33 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228226, tel: 6836 0055. Visit thesongofindia.com
Compiled by: Sean Tan & Elizabeth Liew
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