Before 2016 there weren’t any Michelin-starred restaurants in Singapore and now there are 29 of them, 7 of which are restaurants in Singapore hotels! Well, that’s because the 2016 Michelin Guide Singapore is the first edition of the Michelin guide in Singapore. Were you a patron of any of these establishments before they received their laurels? Now you can say you were there before they got hyped up. From French contemporary to sushi, the following restaurants aren’t your typical night out. Think of the prices as the cost of front row tickets to a Cirque du Soleil show – memories that will linger on long after the
curtain is closed last dish is removed.
Michelin Stars = ☆
Joël Robuchon Restaurant at Hotel Michael ☆☆☆
Hotel Michael, one of Resorts World Sentosa’s nine luxury hotels, is home to two Michelin-starred restaurants. Five stars isn’t just the hotel’s rating but the total number of Michelin stars shared between the two French restaurants.
Joël Robuchon Restaurant, Singapore’s only three Michelin Star, is the fine dining option while L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon Restaurant serves modern French fare.
What can you expect? Robuchon’s interpretations of regional French cuisine using ingredients from all over France, as well as Indian spices. Oenophiles amongst us, you can guess what dishes to expect from looking at the wine. The Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, the Sommelier’s red and white wine pairings for the October menu, give you an idea there’s probably duck and lobster on the menu. There are four menus to choose from starting at S$248, while the “menu degustation” (SG$498) is the all encompassing choice for no-holds-barred foodies.
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon at Hotel Michael ☆☆
As referenced in the restaurant’s name, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon is an artist’s studio of sorts. The open kitchen immediately breaks barriers fine dining restaurants have between cooks and guests. Foodies wanting the exact same quality as the flagship Singapore Joël Robuchon restaurant with a “collar button undone” atmosphere, pull up a kitchen-facing seat in the chef of the century’s second Singapore restaurant.
Set menus start at S$108. While you can select your appetiser/main/dessert in the set menus, what if you want to have appetiser sized-portions of several mains? Order off the tasting menu so you can have both the curried lobster and the beef and foie gras burger without having to compromise (leaving your significant other also significantly happier, free to order their own dish and not have your second choice thrust upon them).
Shisen Hanten at Mandarin Orchard Singapore ☆☆
Remember Shisen Hanten from Christmas recipes from Singapore’s hotel chefs? They’re back with two Michelin stars! So, if you didn’t last Christmas, be sure to take a stab at chef Chen Kentaro’s recommend Xmas recipe: Stir-fried Boston Lobster with Cheese and Chilli Sauce!
That intense, almost radiating red – you know you’re at the mother lode. While we’re definitely more familiar with Szechuan flavours compared to the flavours of France, the fine ingredients, finessed cooking techniques, and majestic restaurant ambiance are destined to take you on a new experience while retaining the heart of the southwestern Chinese flavours you’re familiar with. Maintaining its affordability even after its stars makes us love Shisen Hanten, located at Mandarin Orchard Singapore, even more. The house special, Chen’s Mapo Dofu (S$24), is an absolute must for its three-year fermented doubanjiang. There’s also a kid’s menu with mini, non-spicy versions of signature dishes.
Forest at Equarius Hotel ☆
Contemporary Chinese cuisine is what’s on the menu at Equarius Hotel‘s one Michelin star. Also an open kitchen like L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Forest has an added theatrical element. We haven’t felt as much in a forest than when we were kids at Rainforest Cafe…city person guilty as charged.
Popular for lunch according to Google’s popular times visualisation, the lunch menu is divided into set menus, starting with 3 courses, and à la carte.
Signature dishes include the Milky Chicken Broth (morel mushrooms and wild bamboo piths in young coconut) and the Kagoshima Wagyu Striploin (charcoal grilled striploin with sautéed mushrooms and seared foie gras in black pepper sauce).
Alma by Juan Amador at Goodwood Park Hotel ☆
It’s drool time once again as Goodwood Park Hotel, responsible for the gourmet chocolate & gin mooncakes and the like, is back on Room5 for its one Michelin-starred European contemporary restaurant Alma. Well, if you must be specific, what you’ll be eating is “Asian-influenced-European cuisine”. Sound like a mouthful? No one’s asking you speak this tongue twister. We’re more interested in the literal sort of mouthful!
Terribly affordable, we hope we’re not letting in on a best-kept secret. The 3-course lunch menu starts at just S$39. And for dinner, the 8-course full monty is a reasonable S$178!
Sushi Ichi at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza ☆
Mmm…, just look at the uni floating on top of the salmon roe sushi. That and more Japanese delicacies can be found at Sushi Ichi, located at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza.
After dinner, glide over to the restaurant’s sake lounge next door. The bar serves super affordable lunch (teishoku) starting at S$28, good for days you can afford to have a longer lunch break, and contains a good amount of food including appetisers, mains, soup, and dessert.
Fine dining is taken up at the main restaurant, Sushi Ichi, and is for super special occasions. The refined, minimalistic interior of this one Michelin star is a special sort of ambiance, different to the often opulent designs of gourmet restaurants. Beyond complementing the classic aesthetic of the food presentation, the uncluttered space, devoid of distractions, allows diners to be fully present during their meal – leaving no slice of fish unturned.
mezza9 at Grand Hyatt Singapore
While not a Michelin-starred eatery (yet), Grand Hyatt Singapore‘s international restaurant is a rising star. For a summary of what the restaurant is about, just look to the name. mezza refers to the mezzanine level it’s located on and 9 for the nine types of dining experience the restaurant offers. At mezza9 you don’t only have one show kitchen but 9, and those comprise a yakatori grill, the seafood bar, the Thai deli and more.
Special recognition should not only go to the delicious food but also to the creative plating – the mezza9 flower pot of the day, pictured above, is a pot full of after dinner teats. Can you dig it?
Planning a social night out? You should know that the restaurant’s martini bar has the largest martini selection in Singapore and is also award-winning.