5 new establishments awarded one Michelin star at 2023 Michelin Guide Singapore ceremony
An establishment also received the country’s first Green Michelin Star.
Five new restaurants were awarded with one Michelin star at the Michelin Guide Singapore 2023 ceremony on Tuesday (Jun 27).
The new entrants are French-Chinese fusion restaurant Born, European and Nordic restaurant Poise, Malaysian flavour-infused restaurant Seroja, omakase restaurant Sushi Sakuta and pan-Asian restaurant Willow.
Restaurants Odette, Les Amis and Zen retained their three-Michelin star ranking. All two-Michelin starred restaurants also retained their ranking – except for Shisen Hanten by Chen Kentaro, which is now in the one-star category.
Seroja was also presented with the country’s first Green Michelin Star. A Green Michelin Star is awarded to restaurants who exemplify culinary excellence together with outstanding sustainable practices.
Some factors that are considered before awarding Green Stars include the use of seasonal produce, the restaurant’s environmental footprint, food waste systems, general waste disposal and recycling.
Owner of Seroja, Chef Kevin Wong was also given the Michelin Guide Young Chef award. The restaurant integrates Malay and Southeast Asian ingredients and spices into its recipes, creating dishes such as Malayan meringue and roti paung (sweet butter buns).
Other honoured titles like the Michelin Guide Service and Sommelier awards were presented to Desmond Wong from Shoukouwa and Makoto Iwabuchi from Sushi Sakuta respectively.
A total of 79 establishments were presented the Bib Gourmand title, 19 of which were newly awarded this year. The award recognises top quality food served at moderate prices.
Restaurants that received the Bib Gourmand this year are Kok Sen and The Coconut Club. The remaining 17 establishments are hawker stalls.
Adam Food Centre and Geylang Bahru Market & Food Centre each have three hawker stalls that were presented the Bib Gourmand award.
The selections are Adam Rd Noo Cheng Big Prawn Noodle, Bahrakath Mutton Soup and Selamat Datang Warong Pak Sapari from Adam Food Centre, and Geylang Bahru Market & Food Centre’s Cheok Kee, Hui Wei Chilli Ban Mian and Spinach Soup.
Michelin also awarded two hawkers that specialise in fried Hokkien mee – Nam Sing Hokkien Fried Mee located at Old Airport Road and Singapore Fried Hokkien Mee at Whampoa Makan Place.
The remaining nine hawker Bib Gourmand destinations are Beach Road Fish Head Bee Hoon, Du Du Shou Shi, Heng Kee, Ji De Lai Hainanese Chicken Rice, Kwee Heng, No.18 Zion Road Fried Kway Teow, Soon Huat, Tai Seng Fish Soup and Yong Chun Wan Ton Noodle.
Besides Michelin star-rated and Bib Gourmand destinations, 33 other establishments were included in this year’s lineup of the Michelin Guide – more than half of which are hawker stalls.
These include Bedok Chwee Kueh in Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre, Unforgettable Carrot Cake in Bukit Merah View Market & Hawker Centre and Hup Kee Teochew Fishball Mee in Mei Ling Market & Food Centre.
The total tally of Michelin Guide selections in Singapore is now 286. The full list can be viewed via the MICHELIN Guide’s website.