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Waku Ghin Wins 2 Stars, Plus 11 New Restaurants Awarded 1 Star in Singapore’s Michelin Guide 2017

The good: our fave Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine snagged a star, while Waku Ghin rightfully won two stars this time. The bad: Wild Rocket didn’t make it on the list again this year.

Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine

A total of 38 restaurants snagged the coveted stars in the second edition of Singapore’s Michelin Guide, up from last year’s 29. The results were announced earlier this evening at a gala dinner held at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore.

Hot Korean chef-owner Sun Kim of newly-minted one-star eatery, Meta.

11 of the winners are brand new entrants to the list, including European-Korean restaurant Meta, mod European fine-diner Iggy’s, Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine and Cantonese eatery Chef Kang’s.

Odette retained its two stars.


Meanwhile, the lovely chef Tetsuya Wakuda’s (see main pic) swish modern Japanese restaurant Waku Ghin at Marina Bay Sands gained the second star it was robbed of last year, rightfully joining the ranks of other two-starred establishments like Andre and Odette.

 

Japanese-inflected Italian restaurant Terra, by chef Seita Nakahara, lost its star this year.

There are only two drop-offs on this year’s list: Japanese-Italian restaurant Terra, and celeb chef Sam Leong’s contemporary Chinese joint Forest at Resorts World Sentosa — both lost their one stars.

Now, for what we found sorely disappointing in this year’s edition of the guide:

  • No new hawker winners besides Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle and Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodles, which both retained  one star each from last year. We’d much rather eat plain old Hainanese chicken rice and roti prata than HK soya sauce chook, lah.
    Soy boring: The bird from Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice
  • Jöel Robuchon (Resorts World Sentosa) predictably remained the only restaurant with the highest accolade of three stars. Yes, Mr Robuchon is still the man with the most Michelin Stars in the world. Yawn.

Chef Willin Low of Wild Rocket

  • Wild Rocket by mod Sin cuisine poster boy Willin Low did not make it on this year’s starred list. Again. However, fellow mod Sin eatery Labyrinth, did. Take heart, Willin — Leonardo DiCaprio didn't win an Oscar until 22 years after his first Academy Awards nomination.

    Chef Han Li Guang of the one-star Labyrinth (Photo: John Heng).
  • Posh sushi bar Shoukouwa retained its controversial two stars, which it won mere months after opening last year. Meanwhile, the stellar Shinji by Kanesaka was again awarded only a star each this year for both its branches.
  • Several has-been restaurants made it to the glittering one-star roll call this year instead of more deserving ones like The Naked Finn, Pizzeria Mozza or Meat Smith. Namely, Garibaldi, and the never-was — much less has-been — mod Italian eatery, Braci (you probably never even heard of it before this, right?). 

The Full List: Winners Of The Michelin Guide Singapore 2017

3 STARS

Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey.

 1.     Jöel Robuchon Restaurant (Resorts World Sentosa)

STARS

Excellent cooking, worth a detour.

1.     Restaurant André (Bukit Pasoh)

2.     L’Atelier de Jöel Robuchon (Resorts World Sentosa)

3.     Les Amis (Scotts Road)

4.     Odette (National Gallery Singapore)

5.     Shisen Hanten by Chen Kentaro (Mandarin Orchard)

6.     Shoukouwa (One Fullerton)

7.     Waku Ghin by Tetsuya Wakuda (Marina Bay Sands)

 

STAR

A very good restaurant in its category.

1.     Alma by Juan Amador (Goodwood Park Hotel)

2.     Béni (Mandarin Gallery)

3.     Braci (Boat Quay)

4.     Candlenut (Dempsey)

5.     Cheek by Jowl (Boon Tat Street)

6.     Chef Kang’s (Mackenzie Road)

7.     Corner House (Botanic Gardens)

8.     Crystal Jade Golden Palace (Paragon)

9.     Cut by Wolfgang Puck (Marina Bay Sands)

10.  Garibaldi Italian Restaurant & Bar (Purvis Street)

11.  Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle (Crawford Lane)

12.  Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle (Chinatown)

13.  Iggy’s (Hilton Singapore)

14.  Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine (Ion Orchard)

15.  Jaan (Swissotel the Stamford)

16.  Labyrinth (Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay)

17.  Lei Garden (Chijmes)

18.  Meta Restaurant (Keong Saik Road)

19.  Osia (Resorts World Sentosa)

20.  Putien (Kitchener Road)

21.  Rhubarb Le Restaurant (Duxton Hill)

22.  Saint Pierre (One Fullerton)

23.  Shinji by Kanesaka (Carlton Hotel)

24.  Shinji by Kanesaka (The St Regis Singapore)

25.  Summer Palace (Regent Singapore Hotel)

26.  Summer Pavilion (The Ritz-Carlton Millenia)

27.  Sushi Ichi (Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel)

28.  The Kitchen at Bacchanalia (Hong Kong Street)

29.  The Song of India (Scotts Road)

30.  Whitegrass (Chijmes)
 

Additional reporting by Yip Jieying and Claudia Ng.

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