The launch of the Michelin Guide Singapore last year dramatically changed the way diners viewed the local dining landscape. If anything, it sparked a great debate among passionate gourmands (Did the hawker stalls deserve to be reviewed alongside fine dining restaurants? Was Waku Ghin robbed of more stars?), and it also led to more people wanting to sample their winning cuisines.
This positive effect has never been more evident in the popularity of Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken from chef-owner Chan Hon Meng. At $2.50 per plate, his soya sauce chicken noodles is probably one of the cheapest Michelin-starred meals you can get around the world. Chef Chan recently said that he now serves an average of 180 chickens a day, a 30 per cent increase to what he sold below attaining a star. “Any more than that, I can no longer cope, and I don't want to give people food that is not up to standard.”
That said, his deal with Hersing Culinary saw him expanding his brand to include the Liao Fan Hawker Chan on Smith Street. Coincidentally, it is also one of the new entrants to the Bib Gourmand list, which honours eateries that sell delicious food at reasonable prices.
So, did his outlet at Chinatown Complex retain its star? Did decorated chef Luke Armstrong, formerly of Gordon Ramsay’s Maze, do enough to keep the star Ivan Brehm helped The Kitchen at Bacchanalia earn before he left? Did Ryan Clift’s winning Tippling Club get a deserving nod? Did other favourites of pundits and avid diners such as Hashida Sushi and Burnt Ends do the same? And did mod-Sin (modern Singapore) cuisine finally make its mark with either Wild Rocket or Labyrinth?
Well, wonder no more.
Here's the complete list of the 2017 Michelin-starred dining establishments:
1 star (High quality cooking, worth a stop)
Cheek by Jowl
Crystal Jade Golden Palace
Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle
Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine
Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle (Chinatown Complex Food Centre)
Putien (Kitchener Road)
Shinji (Bras Basah Road)
Shinji (Tanglin Road)
The Kitchen at Bacchanalia
The Song of India
3 stars (Exceptional cuisine, worth a journey)
Photo: Michelin Guide Singapore