The Michelin Guide is arguably the most well-known food guide and the ultimate standard for restaurants around the world. This being said, it’s thrilling for this esteemed guide to be finally coming in 2016 to award the best restaurants in Singapore with their stars.
So how does one get a coveted, career-defining, much sought after, elusive star (or 2 or 3 stars)? Well first off, the guide is notoriously secretive about its rating system. Secondly, the guide focuses on ambiance and service as well, so hawker stalls are unlikely to receive a star. You need to at least have a small private seating space.
Lastly, although enigmatic, the rating system is generally based on the following check points: overall quality, mastery of flavor and cooking techniques, personality, value for money and consistency. There is also some discrepancy on whether or not interior decor and comfort plays a role.
As this is the Michelin Guide’s first year in Singapore, the anonymous reviewers, or ‘inspectors’ as they are officially called, are likely rather unfamiliar with local Singaporean cuisine. You never know, but in our opinion this first year won’t see much local Singapore restaurants, but hopefully will in the subsequent years of the guides running.
Who will you see? We have polled all of our writers at SethLui.com and came up with the possible list of the best restaurants in Singapore below. Good luck to everyone!
—Bets for Sure Things—
These Singapore restaurants, held by the highest lofty standards or guided by celebrity chefs who already play in the realm of Michelin stars, are our most confident bets.
Andre is #5 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015 and consistently featured on this list each year. If I were a betting (wo)man, this is my sure winner for more than one star.
Les Amis is classic French with a touch of Asia and #13 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015.
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
This Joël Robuchon namesake restaurant at Sentosa, a celebrity chef brand, is #17 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015. Along with Joël Robuchon Restaurant, both serve haute French cuisine.
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon: Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Hotel Michael Level 1,
Singapore 098269 | Tel: 6577 6688 | Website
Shinji by Kanesaka
2-star Michelin Chef Shinji Kanesaka’s Edo-style sushi restaurant is currently #32 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015.
Shinji by Kanesaka (2 locations): 1 Beach Road, #02-20 Raffles Hotel, Singapore 189673; St. Regis Hotel Singapore | Tel: 6338 6131 | Website
This 10-course dégustation menu of Japanese culinary magic by chef Tetsuya Wakuda is #9 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015.
Waku Ghin: 10 Bayfront Ave, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, L2-01, Atrium 2, Singapore | Tel: 6688 8507 | Website
CUT by Wolfgang Puck
This celebrity chef brand restaurant is known for its stellar cuts of meat. Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck also ensures the high standards here.
CUT: 2 Bayfront Avenue, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Galleria Level, B1-71, Singapore 018956 | Tel: 6688 8517 | Website
— Restaurants with a Good Chance—
Great standards, well-known locally, these Singapore restaurants have a pretty good chance of getting stars too.
This modern Australian barbeque haven is #30 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015 and is led by Chef Dave Pynt’s passion for playing with fire.
Smart and impeccable Japanese cuisine.
Aoki: 1 Scotts Road, #01-19 Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208 | Tel: 6333 8015 | Website
Exceptional food made with seasonal ingredients from award-winning restaurateur Ignatius Chan, is also #8th on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015.
Iggy’s: The Hilton Hotel, 581 Orchard Rd, Level 3, Singapore 238883 | Tel: 6732 2234 | Website
Ristorante Da Valentino
A old name in Singapore’s fine-dining scene, this Italian restaurant is managed by Chef Valentino and his family. Furbished like an Italian home with cuisine to match.
Ristorante de Valentino: 200 Turf Club Rd, #01-19, Singapore 287994 | Tel: 6462 0555 | Website
JAAN was #11 on Asia 50 Best Restaurants 2015 with chef Julien Royer, however now having changed head chefs, the menu is a little shaky with new Chef de cuisine Kirk Westaway having to prove himself.
JAAN: 2 Stamford Rd, Equinox Complex, Level 70, Singapore 178882 | Tel: 6837 3322 | Website
A 2009 winner of “New Restaurant of the Year”, Gunther’s serves simple, honest modern French cuisine in a fine-dining setting.
Gunther’s: 36 Purvis Street #01-03, Singapore 188613 | Tel: 9010 3075 | Website
Japanese-French fusion in a charming black and white.
Lewin Terrace: 21 Lewin Terrace, Singapore 179290 | Tel: 6333 9905 | Website
This Singapore favorite, most commonly known for their cocktails, is #36 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015.
Tippling Club: 38 Tg Pagar Rd, 088461 | Tel: 6475 2217 | Website
Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck
Well known for their near perfect Peking Duck, this place has a good shot.
Imperial Treasure: 290 Orchard Road, Paragon, #05-42/45, Singapore 238859 | Tel: 6732 7838 | Website
One of Japan’s premier sushi restaurants, Hashida has opened its first location outside of the country.
Hashida Sushi: 333A Orchard Road, #02-37 Mandarin Gallery, 238897 | Tel: 6733 2114 | Website
Another top sushi joint giving you a true taste of Japan.
Tatsuya: 22 Scotts Road, Goodwood Park Hotel, Singapore 228221 | Tel: :6737 7411 | Website
Corner House: 1 Cluny Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens, E J H Corner House, Singapore 259569 | Tel: 6469 1000 | Website
A bit on the raw side, but these Singapore restaurants can pull their weight and just maybe pull off a star as well.
This celebrity chef brand Mario Batali’s Italian restaurant is recognized on San Pellegrino’s list of the 50 Best Restaurants in Asia.
Osteria Mozza: 2 Bayfront Avenue, B1-42-46, Galleria Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018956 | Tel: 6688 8868 | Website
Hua Ting Restaurant
This award-winning Chinese restaurant serves up intricate tastes of Cantonese delicacies.
Hua Ting: 442 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238879 | Tel: 6739 6666 | Website
db Bistro Moderno
Celebrity chef brand Chef Daniel Boulud offers up an excellent mix of traditional French bistro cuisine and world-renown burgers.
db Bistro: 2 Bayfront Avenue, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018956 | Tel: 6688 8525 | Website
Self-described ‘Modern Singaporean’ cuisine inspired by Chef Willin Low’s love for classic Singaporean hawker dishes.
Wild Rocket: 10A Upper Wilkie Rd, Singapore 228119 | Tel: 6339 9448 | Website
Bincho: Moh Guan Terrace, #01-19, 78 , Singapore 162078 | Tel: 6438 4567 | Website
Teppei Japanese Restaurant
Teppei Japanese Restaurant: 1 Tras Link, Singapore 078867 | Tel: 6222 7363 | Website
Chef Julian Royer, who was previously at JAAN, just recently opened contemporary French Odette with the Lo and Behold group so it might not have much of a reputation yet, but with his skills it still has a shot.
Odette: 1 St Andrew’s Rd, #01-04, Singapore 178957 | Tel: 6385 0498 | Website
Asian fusion cuisine that strives to arouse the 5 basic taste sensations: sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami. Creative deconstructed dishes by Chef-owner Han Li Guang.
Labyrinth: 8 Raffles Avenue, #02-23 Esplanade Mall, Singapore 039802 | Tel: 6223 4098 | Website
Relatively casual, but hugely popular – it’s a long-shot, but we think they still have a chance due to their creative take on Mediterranean small plates.
Moosehead: 110 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068579 | Tel: 6636 8055 | Website
Binomio: 20 Craig Rd, Craig Place #01-02, Singapore 089692 | Tel: 6557 0547 | Website
Kazu Sumiyaki Restaurant
Another Singapore favorite for top Japanese Yakitori and fresh fish.
Chef Emmanuel expresses his personal and spiritual influences infused in his dishes at Saint Pierre, where the mind, body and soul are enriched through the dining experience.
Paying a whole lot of focus on ritual ans seasonality, the entire meal journey is hospitable and attentive but not overstretching boundaries for a unique meal.
Saint Pierre: 1 Fullerton Road #02-02B One Fullerton Singapore 049213 | Tel: 6438 0887 | Website