The results of the 2018 Singapore Michelin star list are in, with five new restaurants being added to the constellation of establishments in Singapore that have been awarded for their culinary excellence.
Arguably the most coveted culinary accolade in the world, the Michelin star list celebrates the top dining establishments around the globe, with each star denoting grades of excellence. Restaurants are rated based on five criteria: quality of ingredients used, mastery of cooking technique and flavours, projection of the chef’s personality in his or her cuisine, value for money and consistency over time and across the entire menu.
There’s a flavour to suit every palate in Singapore, so dig into our guide to this year’s winners (newly-awarded establishments are denoted with an [N] for your convenience).
Alma by Juan Amador
Add a touch of soul to your culinary adventures, which is what the name of this restaurant translates to from Spanish. The restaurant is helmed by executive chef Haikal Johari, who has worked in top kitchens around the globe, including Water Library in Thailand.
Alma’s fine European cuisine is infused with a twist of Asian flavours, with particular influence from Thailand and Japan.
Goodwood Park Hotel. 22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221. +65 6735 9937.
Mon-Fri noon-2.30pm, 6-10pm; Sat 6-10pm.
The Kitchen at Bacchanalia
With multiple awards including a Michelin star in 2016 and 2017, as well as the Indoguna Best Restaurant 2015 at the World Gourmet Summit, The Kitchen at Bacchanalia has a fine culinary reputation for serving up innovative fusion cuisine that fuses flavours from both east and west.
The restaurant’s interior presents a welcoming vibe with no boundaries between multiple kitchen counters and dining tables, and its ‘Carte Blanche’ menu changes on a daily basis, relying on seasonal produce to create truly sublime flavours.
Bacchanalia. 39 Hongkong Street, Singapore 059678. +65 6909 6360.
Tue-Sat noon-2pm, 6-9.45pm.
Having formerly worked in three-star Michelin restaurants Georges Blanc and L’Osier, head chef Kenji Yamanaka’s passion for French cuisine has led him to helm this restaurant, which serves up delightful Japanese interpretations of Gallic dishes.
If this is your first time visiting Beni, we recommend trying chef Yamanaka’s specialty—the Ozaki A5 Wagyu Beef from Miyazaki prefecture.
Mandarin Gallery. 333A Orchard Road #02-37, Singapore 238897. +65 9159 3177.
Mon-Sat noon-3pm, 7-10pm.
Burnt Ends [N]
A casual, modern restaurant known for its open-concept kitchen, Burnt Ends serves up dishes inspired by Australian barbecue. Prior to founding the restaurant, chef-owner Dave Pynt has worked alongside industry legends such as Tetsuya Wakuda, Nuno Mendes and Fergus Henderson.
Burnt Ends famously employs four-tonne, dual cavity burning machines to infuse its dishes with deliciously smoky flavours. Be sure to partake in the signature Sanger burger, a pulled pork burger served up on a brioche bun.
Burnt Ends. 20 Teck Lim Road, Singapore 088391. +65 6224 3933.
Tue-Thu 6-11pm; Fri & Sat 11.45am-2pm, 6-11pm.
With wood-fired creations cooked through the use of both Josper oven and shichirin grill, Braci is an essential Italian concept by restaurateur Beppe De Vito. Driven by his passion for food, chef Beppe De Vito is now a top-notch triple threat—restaurateur, maître d’ and chef.
Be sure to try signature dishes such as foie gras semifreddo with kumquats and fig vincotto, or you could opt for a surprise four or five-course dégustation menu.
Braci. 52 Boat Quay Level 5/6, Singapore 049841. +65 6866 1933.
Mon & Sat 6-10.30pm; Tue-Fri noon-2pm, 6-10.30pm.
The first and only Peranakan* restaurant to be awarded a Michelin star in Singapore, Candlenut is helmed by chef Malcolm Lee, who was greatly inspired by his grandmother’s traditional Peranakan cooking. The restaurant’s dishes—such as the ayam buah keluak (chicken cooked with black nut indigenous to Southeast Asia) and babi pongteh (braised pork with fermented soy bean sauce)—blend traditional tastes with modern culinary flair.
Candlenut. Block 17A Dempsey Road, Singapore 249676. 1800 304 2288 (local calls only)
Mon-Thu, Sun noon-3pm, 6-10pm; Fri & Sat noon-3pm, 6-11pm.
*The term is an Indonesian/Malay word that means “local born”, which generally refers to people of Chinese and Malay/Indonesian heritage.
Cheek By Jowl
Cheek By Jowl means ‘side-by-side’, representing this establishment’s husband-wife team of head chef Rishi Naleendra and general manager Manuela Toniolo. Chef Rishi is the first Sri Lankan chef to attain a Michelin-star status for his incredibly innovative and experimental menu.
The dishes to try here include oysters topped with smoked tomato granita (flavoured ice) and the beloved grilled barramundi.
Cheek By Jowl. 21 Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069620. +65 6221 7911.
Mon-Fri noon-2pm; Sat 6-10pm.
Indefatigable chef-owner Ang Song Kang’s struggles with restaurant closures, bankruptcy and a battle with cancer didn’t stop him from opening Chef Kang’s in 2015.
This intimate eatery of just five tables is a great place to train your taste buds in the subtleties of Cantonese cuisine. The restaurant uses only the freshest ingredients from local markets, and its cordyceps flower-stewed duck soup is a must-try.
Chef Kang's. 25 Mackenzie Road, Singapore 228681. +65 6238 6263.
Tue-Sun 11.30am-2pm, 5.45-10pm.
Local chef Jason Tan’s ever-inquisitive mind and passion for the culinary craft is on showcase at the CORNER HOUSE, a restaurant that experiments in herbs and plants to deliver gastro-botanico cuisine. Chef Jason finds inspiration for his culinary creations from travelling across the world, making this restaurant a great place to experience the world on a platter. The restaurant’s popular business luncheon menu include Queensland Spanner Crab, wagyu beef cheek “Westholme” and a delectable tiramisu.
Singapore Botanic Gardens. 1 Cluny Road (Nassim Gate Entrance), Singapore 259569. +65 6469 1000.
Tue-Fri noon-3pm, 6.30-11pm; Sat & Sun 11.30am-3pm, 6.30-11pm.
Crystal Jade Golden Palace
Crystal Jade Golden Palace serves up cuisines from various Chinese provinces, created with modern gastronomic techniques. Opt for the set menus or pick from a range of à la carte dishes and dim sum (bite-sized portions of food served in steamer baskets or small plates).
Paragon Shopping Centre. 290 Orchard Road #05-22, Singapore 238859. +65 6734 6866.
Mon-Fri 11.30am-3pm, 6-10.30pm; Sat 11am-3pm, 6-10.30pm; Sun 10.30am-3pm, 6-10.30pm.
CUT by Wolfgang Puck
Become a true meat connoisseur at CUT, which offers the finest array of steaks, grilled to perfection over hard wood and charcoal. Expect an authentic, hearty meal, with produce and ingredients sourced directly from southern California. Red meat aficionados will be able to choose from various cuts, including Australian Angus grain-fed beef and Japanese Wagyu from the Miyazaki prefecture.
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands®. 2 Bayfront Avenue Suite B1-71, Singapore 018972. +65 6688 8517.
Mon-Thu, Sun 5.30-10pm; Fri-Sat 5.30-11pm.
With its chic and trendy interior, Garibaldi is known for being an unpretentious fine dining spot for lovers of Italian cuisine. Driven by pure passion for his craft, executive chef and owner Roberto Galetti opened the restaurant in 2003, and hasn’t looked back since.
The four-course signature menu includes dishes such as Spanish octopus with heirloom tomatoes and homemade fettuccine, while the six-course creative menu includes pan seared sea scallop with truffle sauce and chives and Japanese wagyu with mustard and porcini mushrooms.
Garibaldi Italian Restaurant & Bar. 36 Purvis Street #01-02, Singapore 188613. +65 6837 1468.
Daily noon-2.30pm, 6.30-10.30pm.
Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle
Originally established on Hill Street in 1932 by Tan Joon Teo, this bak chor mee (minced pork noodle) stall is one the most affordable Michelin-starred meals you can get in Singapore. Enjoy a hearty bowl of thick, al dente springy noodles served in savoury vinegar sauce, accompanied by tender pork, fried fish and dumplings.
Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle. 466 Crawford Lane #01-12, Singapore 190465. +65 6292 7477.
Daily 9.30am-9pm. (Closed on 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month)
Showcasing artful Modern European cuisine and the choicest of wines, Iggy’s is a 42-seat gastro-bar that offers a seasonal menu, incorporating only the freshest produce. Named after sommelier Ignatius Chan and established in 2004, it’s a great option for both wine connoisseurs and those looking to delve into the world of wine and food pairings.
Hilton Hotel. 581 Orchard Road Level 3, Singapore 238883. +65 6732 2235.
Tue-Sat noon-1.30pm, 7-9.30pm.
A modern European restaurant that’ll prove to be a transcendental experience for your taste buds, JAAN is known for its artisanal menu by Chef de Cuisine Kirk Westaway. A winner of the S.Pellgrino Young Chef award in 2015, chef Westaway’s upbringing in Devon has influenced his meticulous style of cooking, which involves impeccable produce and a fine attention to detail.
Swissôtel The Stamford. 2 Stamford Road Level 70, Singapore 178882. +65 6837 3322.
Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm, 7-10.30pm.
Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine
Originating in the Chaoshan region of China, Teochew cuisine is characterised by its subtly refined flavours. Rigour and a heritage of excellence culminate at Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine, which serves up marinated meats, the freshest seafood and enticing desserts.
Adventurous visitors looking for a diversity of flavours should order the combination platter, which includes duck tongue, cuttlefish, marinated beef tripe and braised duck meat.
ION Orchard. 2 Orchard Turn #03-05, Singapore 238801. +65 6736 2118.
Mon-Fri 11.30am-3pm, 6-11pm; Sat 11am-3pm, 6-11pm; Sun 10.30am-3pm, 6-11pm.
Jiang-Nan Chun [N]
Delight in a diverse array of Cantonese dishes at Jiang-Nan Chun, housed in the Four Seasons Hotel. Jiang-Nan Chun’s chef, Tim Lam, was raised in Macau and born into a family of chefs. No stranger to accolades, the 24-year industry veteran led his team at Ying Restaurant at the Altira Macau to a Michelin star in 2017.
Besides a tantalising selection of dim sum, this establishment is best known for its signature Peking duck, roasted in a mesquite wood-fired oven and served with caviar.
Four Seasons Hotel Singapore. 190 Orchard Boulevard, Singapore 248646. +65 6831 7220.
Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm.
Experience the intricate flavours and innovative new techniques of New Singaporean Cuisine on showcase at Labyrinth. Formerly from the banking industry, chef-owner Han Li Guang turned his experience at Sunrice Global Chef Academy into a culinary career, with stints at Garibaldi and Tanuki Raw Bar.
Labyrinth’s menu fuses tastes from both Singapore and abroad. Playful and nostalgia abound in the dishes here, which include Oolong Tea Egg and Ah Hua Kelong Lala Clams (made with XO sambal, deep fried wonton (Chinese dumpling) skins and Chinese spinach).
Esplanade Mall. 8 Raffles Avenue #02-23, Singapore 039802. +65 6223 4098.
Tue-Fri noon-2.30pm, 6.30-11pm. Sat & Sun 6.30-11pm.
An internationally-renowned restaurant chain with outlets in Hong Kong, Macau and China, Lei Garden stays true to its roots of traditional Cantonese-style cuisine. The restaurant is well known for its top-class service along with impeccably-prepared dishes such as double-boiled soups and crispy roasted pork belly.
CHIJMES. 30 Victoria Street #01-24, Singapore 187996. +65 6339 3822.
Daily 11.30am-3.30pm, 6-10.30pm.
Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle
From its humble beginnings, Chef Chan Hong Meng’s hawker stall is now internationally famous for its soya sauce chicken rice, and also happens to be the world’s most affordable Michelin-starred meal. Aside from its world-famous chicken rice, you may also opt for a range of alternative, stick-to-your-ribs fare, such as the roasted pork rice and pork ribs rice.
Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle. 78 Smith Street, Singapore 058972. +65 6272 2000.
Mon, Tue, Thu-Sun 10.30am-8pm.
Refine your appreciation for wine while indulging in hearty Gallic fare at Ma Cuisine. Located in a spacious shophouse along Craig Road, the establishment was founded by owners Antony Charmetant and Mathieu Escoffier, who have curated a collection of over 600 wines from various regions of Europe.
The menu—which consists of dishes like terrine of jellied ham and parsley and spiced lamb shoulders—was chosen to accentuate Ma Cuisine wine selection.
Ma Cuisine. 38 Craig Road, Singapore 089676. +65 6224 1838.
True to its name—which signifies change, alternation and alteration—Meta serves up French-inspired cuisine with an Asian twist. Its East-meets-West menu fuses Korean and Japanese flavours with traditional French dishes.
Head chef Sun Kim is a protégé of the famed Tatsuya Wakada, and his masterful execution of his training can be seen in the establishment’s iconic dishes, including Iberico pork chop with kailan (Chinese kale) and beetroot with tobiko (flying fish roe).
Meta. 9 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089117. +65 6513 0898.
Mon & Sat 6-11pm; Tue-Fri noon-2pm, 6-11pm.
Opened by Chef-owner Ivan Brehm—who led The Kitchen at Bacchanalia to a Michelin star—Nouri’s globally-inspired cuisine is based on the philosophy of ‘crossroad cuisine’, which centres on food creating bonds between people.
Take a seat at the central chef’s table, and watch the culinary masters of this establishment at work. The menu at this restaurant changes on a weekly basis, and we suggest visiting at lunch to sample the five-course Omakase menu.
Nouri. 72 Amoy Street, Singapore 069891. +65 6221 4148.
Mon & Sat 6pm-midnight; Tue-Fri 11.30am-3pm, 6pm-midnight.
Putien (Kitchener Road)
Named after the beautiful city of Putien—a coastal suburb in Fujian—this casual eatery first opened in 2000, and has since become a household name, with branches in Malaysia, India and China. The establishment is famous for elegantly simple, hearty fare, exemplified in dishes like its steamed clam with minced garlic.
Putien at Kitchener Road. 127 Kitchener Road, Singapore 208514. +65 6295 6358.
Daily 11.30am-3pm, 5.30-10pm.
Rhubarb Le Restaurant
Chef Paul Longworth first started his culinary career at the age of 18 when he was offered an apprenticeship with Conran Restaurants in London. After a three-year stint at Au Petit Salut, he founded Rhubarb Le Restaurant in 2013.
This cosy fine dining restaurant offers up a contemporary approach to French gastronomy, and first-time visitors should certainly try their signature rhubarb dessert, made from bird’s custard powder.
Rhubarb Le Restaurant. 3 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089589. +65 8127 5001.
Mon-Fri noon-2.15pm, 6.30-9.30pm; Sat 6-10pm.
As a pioneer of Singapore’s fine dining scene, grand chef relais and châteaux Emmanuel Stroobant is no stranger to the industry, with over three decades of culinary experience.
Always staying ahead of the game and keeping up to date with the island’s ever-evolving food trends, Saint Pierre’s six and ten-course menus offer culinary adventures for discerning epicures. À la carte dishes include royal pigeon roasted on the bone with wild mushrooms and nori (seaweed), and steamed hairy crab in corn and lemongrass.
One Fullerton. 1 Fullerton Road #02-02B, Singapore 049213. +65 6438 0887.
Tue-Sat 11.30am-3pm, 6.30-11pm.
Shinji by Kanesaka (Bras Basah Road, Tanglin Road)
Experience authentic Japanese omakase at this Edomae-style sushi restaurant. Helmed by chef Koichiro Oshino—who spent three years as sushi chef at Yamazato in Hotel Okura, Amsterdam—this restaurant is a homage to the rigours of Japanese culinary practices, and is famous for its sublime nigari (raw or cooked seafood on rice).
Shinji by Kanesaka at Bras Basah Road, Carlton Hotel. 76 Bras Basah Road Lobby Floor, Singapore 189558. +65 6338 6131.
Mon-Sat noon-3pm, 6-10.30pm.
Shinji by Kanesaka at Tanglin Road, St. Regis Hotel. 29 Tanglin Road Lobby Floor, Singapore 247911. +65 6884 8239.
Mon-Sat noon-3pm, 6-10.30pm.
A truly regal dining experience, Summer Palace serves an extensive array of dim sum delicacies, helmed by executive chef Liu Ching Hai, a veteran in the industry with over 20 years of experience.
Executive chef Liu aims to provide Cantonese comfort food with the freshest produce, and we recommend sampling the restaurant’s wok-fried jasmine rice with lobsters, scallops and XO sauce.
Regent Singapore, A Four Seasons Hotel. 1 Cuscaden Road Level 3, Singapore 249715. +65 6725 3288.
Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm, 6.30-10.30pm; Sun 11.30am-2.30pm, 6.30-10.30pm.
Executive chef Cheung Siu Kong was introduced to the culinary world by his grandmother’s cooking, at the age of seven. Before moving to Singapore in 1996, he honed his skills at Lei Garden in Hong Kong, where he learnt to employ what he humbly terms ‘modest cooking techniques’ to bring out the natural flavours of the best ingredients.
The signature dishes here include poached fish noodles with lobster meat, barbecued Iberico pork in honey sauce and braised four-head South African abalone.
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore. 7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039799. +65 6434 5286.
Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6.30-10.30pm.
Watch sushi masters in action at this intimate, 23-seater restaurant, as you sit at a counter made from 200-year-old cypress trees. Chef Masakazu Ishibashi—who helms Sushi Ichi—made his first sushi when he was ten years old. “Even after 26 years of making sushi, I’m still learning and refining my technique. [To me], continual learning is essential for a chef”, says Masa.
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel. 320 Orchard Road, Singapore 238865. +65 6235 5514.
Tue-Sat noon-2.30pm, 6-11pm; Sun noon-2.30pm, 6-10pm.
Sushi Kimura [N]
Deepen your appreciation of Japanese cuisine’s nuanced flavours at Sushi Kimura, a restaurant that serves up seasonally curated Edomame-style delicacies, with produce flown in from the famed Tsukiji Fish Market.
Chef-owner Tomoo Kimura has spent over two decades mastering the traditional art of sushi-making, and sources for ingredients for the restaurant’s omakase-style menu from organic producers in Japan’s various prefectures.
Palais Renaissance. 390 Orchard Road #01-07, Singapore 238871. +65 6734 3520.
Tue-Sun noon-3pm, 7-10pm.
The Song of India
Located in a black and white heritage bungalow, The Song of India’s sophisticated surroundings complements its luxurious take on modern Indian cuisine. The set menus feature an extensive range of dishes that cater to vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. Dishes on their buffet menu include butter chicken, goan fish curry and tandoori broccoli and cauliflower.
The Song of India. 33 Scotts Road, Singapore 228226. +65 6836 0055.
Daily noon-3pm, 6-11pm.
Les Amis means ‘friends’ in French, and was conceptualised by four partners who wanted to bring the finer aspects of French cuisine to Singapore. Executive chef Sebastien Lepinoy perfectly executes this vision through a menu that fuses Asian flavours with the excellence of French culinary tradition.
Shaw Centre. 1 Scotts Road #01-16, Singapore 228208. +65 6733 2225.
Mon-Thu noon-2pm, 7-9pm; Fri-Sun noon-2pm, 6.30-9pm.
A modern French restaurant located at National Gallery Singapore that is guided by chef-owner Julien Royer, Odette’s numerous awards include coming in at 28th on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018 list and Les Grande Tables du Monde 2017.
Born into a family of farmers, chef Julien sources for the best ingredients to create eclectic dishes that turns both commonplace and exotic produce into a timeless dining experience. Expect charming variations of French staples like foie gras, as well as chef Julien’s signature 55’ Smoked Organic Egg.
National Gallery Singapore. 1 Saint Andrew's Road #01-04, Singapore 178957. +65 6385 0498.
Mon 7-9pm; Tue-Sat noon-1.30pm, 7-9pm.
Spice up your palette at Shisen Hanten, with a Japanese take on the Szechuan region’s famously fiery cuisine. The restaurant is helmed by Japanese chef Chen Kantaro, and is famous for its mapo doufu (spicy tofu in meat sauce), which follows a traditional family recipe.
Other favourites include its steamed fish in diced red peppers and stewed beef in hot pepper sauce.
Mandarin Orchard Singapore. 333 Orchard Road Level 35, Singapore 238867. +65 6831 6262.
Mon-Fri noon-3pm, 6-10pm; Sat & Sun 11am-2.45pm, 6-10pm.
An omakase experience that foregrounds the flavours of the sea, Shoukouwa exemplifies Japanese cuisine at its finest. Chef Masahiro Suzuki’s faultless culinary technique is fully displayed through the restaurant’s delectable sushi, which feature fresh seafood flown to Singapore daily from Tokyo’s famed Tsukiji Fish Market.
One Fullerton. 1 Fullerton Road #02-02A, Singapore 049213. +65 6423 9939.
Tue-Sat noon-3pm, 6-11pm; Sun 6-11pm.
Be transported on a gastronomic journey, as you savour each dish from Waku Ghin’s ten-course dégustation menu. A labour of love helmed by internationally-acclaimed chef Tetsuya Wakada, this dining establishment serves up modern Japanese cuisine with a European twist.
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands®. 2 Bayfront Avenue L2-01, Singapore 018956. +65 6688 8507.