Singapore 0 Hong Kong 6 in three-Michelin-star restaurants league
If it was a soccer game, you’d call it a thrashing: Singapore restaurant trade loses badly to Hong Kong’s, with 2018 Michelin Guides awarding its top, three-star rating to six Hong Kong establishments but none in Lion City
In the perennial battle between Hong Kong and Singapore as to which city is the best, the Lion City just got trounced 6-0 going by the Michelin Guide’s latest ratings.
On Wednesday evening, when the 2018 Michelin Guide Singapore was unveiled, Singapore’s restaurant industry was shocked to find no establishment had earned a three-star ranking this year. In contrast, six Hong Kong restaurants were awarded three Michelin stars in the 2018 Michelin Guide Hong Kong & Macau.
The standard of a city’s cuisine goes a long way to determining the esteem in which it is held internationally, and this year’s results put Hong Kong in the Champions League of food, while Singapore is struggling to even score.
Not that Singapore had a great record at the highest level to start with. French chef Joël Robuchon’s self-titled restaurant, which closed last month, had been the city state’s only three-Michelin-star restaurant.
Of course, it wasn’t all bad news for Singapore’s high-end restaurant trade. At the Michelin Guide Singapore’ unveiling at Resorts World Sentosa, five restaurants earned their first Michelin star, and five others retained their two-star ratings.
Not bad, then, but nothing in comparison to Hong Kong’s best. In this year’s Michelin Guide, Bo Innovation, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Lung King Heen, 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana, Sushi Shikon, and Tang Court retained their three stars, while Amber, Pierre, Caprice, Ryu Gin, Shang Palace, and Tin Lung Heen kept their two-star ratings.
Eight restaurants also gained their first Michelin star in Hong Kong, including a few that had only been open for a few months when the 2018 Michelin list was published.
A total of 44 stars were awarded to Singapore restaurants in the third annual Michelin Guide to the city, but even that was down from 47 in 2017. In addition to the five two-star restaurants, 34 received one star.
They were still left with a flat soufflé when set beside Hong Kong, with its tasty total of 63 Michelin stars.
Sebastien Lepinoy, the executive chef of Les Amis, which had been hoping to earn a third Michelin star, said he was disappointed for Singapore.
“This is sad for Singapore because many tourists come to Singapore to dine in restaurants. Twenty-five per cent of our guests are tourists and when they find out there are no three-star restaurants here, they would rather go to Hong Kong, where there are six restaurants with three stars,” he said.
At least Lepinoy didn’t try to make excuses about the final result. A 6-0 loss is still a 6-0 loss.