Michelin Guide

Cheap eats alongside big names in latest Michelin Guide to Hong Kong

Chef Wan serves up succulent bowls of rice noodles and roasted duck leg from the kitchens of Po Kee, a new addition to the prestigious Michelin Guide. Photo: Felix Wong

When Liu Wai-yin gave up a sales career to learn how to roast duck, she could hardly have imagined appearing alongside some of the city’s top restaurants in the world’s most famous food guide just four years later.

Friday, 6 December, 2013, 1:50pm 2 comments

Champagne tastes on a lemonade budget

Jack Yau opened ABC Kitchen in a cooked food market to keep his prices down.

Hong Kong is one of Asia's dining capitals, but those regular high-end meals are starting to burn a permanent hole in your wallet. While you're aware of reasonable lunch sets, the cheque often still outweighs the quality. So where should you go for delectable, but reasonably priced, meals?

21 Jan 2013 - 4:03am

Michelin star guide on the wane

Each year, the Michelin "buzz" has been getting less audible. Photo: AFP

The news that the Michelin Guide for 2013 was being sold at City'super before its official release date this month was met with yawns.

20 Dec 2012 - 9:13am

Michelin guides underscore sad reality of soaring rents

Michelin guides underscore sad reality of soaring rents

Hong Kong's reputation as a gastronomic paradise means there is no shortage of restaurants for different taste buds and budgets. But the presence of some 10,000 outlets also means the industry is highly competitive. If being able to survive is already a success, to be able to stand out and win praise from gourmet experts is even more so.

18 Dec 2012 - 2:03am 1 comment

Chef Harlan Goldstein credits his team for gaining Michelin star status

Harlan Goldstein (holding a Michelin guide) with his restaurant team.

Both restaurants of celebrated chef Harlan Goldstein were awarded a star in the 2013 Michelin Guide, and the thrilled chef credited the win to his team.

10 Dec 2012 - 5:05am

Curse of the Michelin star? Award may lead to increased rent in Hong Kong

Suen Cheung-yu of the Yat Lok Restaurant in Central gets to grips with its inclusion in the latest Michelin guide. Some restaurateurs fear that receiving an honourable mention in the famous guide may drive up their rent. Photo: May Tse

A Michelin recommendation, one of the highest accolades in catering, is usually seen as a boon for recipients. But some cheaper Hong Kong restaurants honoured in the French guide's latest edition fear there could be a downside.

With rents already hard to afford, they hope landlords will not use the awards as an excuse to push them even higher.

5 Dec 2012 - 12:36pm 5 comments

How my best-of restaurant lists came off second best

A couple of months ago I received an e-mail from an editor at The Guardian in London, asking me to write two pieces for its website about where to eat in Hong Kong - one on the top 10 high-end restaurants, the other focusing on cheaper places. It's not easy to come up with lists like these.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:47pm

'You can cook that too' - model takes the mystery out of Michelin kitchens

Unlike many of her peers in the modelling world, Vanessa Yeung is capable of cooking more than just instant noodles.

That is evident in For Two in 32 Minutes, Yeung's new book which encompasses 300 pages of culinary secrets and recipes that will benefit any amateur cook's kitchen.

29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Michelin stars align for Italian chef in Central

Chef Umberto Bombana is in top-class company.

The much-watched Michelin restaurant guide has endowed his Central restaurant, 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana, with three stars, the first Italian eatery outside of Italy to achieve the exceptional grading.

'It's a dream come true,' Bombana, an 18-year veteran of Hong Kong, said.

2 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Michelin not last word on food, director says

The man in charge of arguably the world's most prestigious food guide, Michelin, has told critical Hong Kong food aficionados not to see the little red guide as a threat.

5 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Online dining guide goes bilingual

Leading local online dining guide Openrice.com is taking on an international flavour with the recent launch of an English website in addition to its Chinese platform.

The move was seen as a serious challenge to the world-famous Michelin Guide, which landed in the city in late 2008, in the battle to lure gourmets who cannot read Chinese.

11 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Umberto Bombana

What have you been up to since the demise of Toscana? 'Besides consulting for a Beijing group and doing the promotion [of white truffles from Alba], I helped Roland Schuller open The Drawing Room [in Causeway Bay]. We just got our first Michelin star. [Schuller is Swiss] and he's lived and worked in Italy. A similar appreciation for food brought us together.

3 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Tsang Chiu-king

How did you get your start in cooking? 'My older brother is also a chef. While still at high school, I started helping my brother's employer during the holidays. I was asked to chop and prepare the ingredients for the cooks and watching them whip up amazing dishes in the wok began to enthral me. I enjoyed the work so much I didn't want to go home at the end of the day.'

19 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

A hearty serving of culinary chauvinism

Hong Kong is at its worst when it is most parochial - in other words, when the small-town syndrome kicks in and Hong Kong becomes an over-defensive sort of place, sensitive to external criticism.

2 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Michelin guide leaves a sour taste for some

The first Michelin guide to Hong Kong and Macau restaurants and hotels has drawn criticism from food critics and members of the public, who accuse it of missing the essence of the local dining scene by featuring mostly pricey restaurants.

7 Dec 2008 - 12:00am