Michelin has unveiled its full selection for the Michelin Guide Hong Kong-Macau 2020, with 16 restaurants receiving new stars, including British chef Simon Rogan’s Roganic Hong Kong.
The latest edition of the Michelin Guide to Hong Kong and Macau recognises 61 one-star restaurants, 19 two-star restaurants and 10 three-star restaurants. Among the 16 restaurants that received new stars in the 2020 edition are two new three-star restaurants, three new two-star restaurants and 11 new one-star restaurants.
Discerning diners might not be surprised by the rankings which sees most restaurants successfully retain their accolades. Among the 11 new additions of one-star establishments in Hong Kong, it covers an array of cuisine, including Cantonese, Shanghainese, Thai, Japanese and French.
Most of them are new restaurants which have been open for less than a year, such as Roganic by British chef Simon Rogan, contemporary French restaurant Louise by chef Julien Royer (who also oversees Odette in Singapore – a three-star Michelin restaurant which was recently crowned as Asia’s Best Restaurant) ,modern Thai venue Aaharn by chef David Thompson, L’Envol at the new St Regis Hong Kong by chef Olivier Elzer, Run at St Regis Hong Kong by Chef Hung Chi-Kwong, Ryota Kappou Modern by chef Ryota Kanesawa and Zest by Konishi by chef Mitsuru Konishi.
The 2020 selection is further enriched by three new two-star additions (one in Hong Kong and two in Macau). Graduating from one-star to two-star, we have contemporary French restaurant Arbor in Hong Kong and Cantonese fine-dining restaurant Wing Lei in Macau. Arbor debuted on the guide with one star last year; Finnish chef Eric Räty further pushed his French culinary techniques with the skilful use of Japanese ingredients to make it to the next level. Over in Wynn Macau, Wing Lei gains a second star this year under the steady leadership of Cantonese chef Chan Tak Kwong, who has been with the restaurant since its opening in 2006.
Making its first entry onto the selection this year with two stars is Sichuan Moon in Macau’s Wynn Palace, a modern Sichuan restaurant fronted by Taiwanese Chef André Chiang and run by Malaysian Executive chef Zor Tan. It is worth mentioning that the restaurant created a huge buzz when it first opened this April because of the fame chef Chiang enjoyed in the Asian dining scene. With this new addition, Macau now has seven two-starred establishments in total.
The new three-star restaurants include Forum, whose signature dish Ah Yat braised abalone is as famous as Forum’s owner-chef Yeung Koon Yat after whom it is named, and Sushi Shikon, which has relocated to a prestigious new space in the Landmark Mandarin Oriental hotel this year without a drop in quality.
In sum, Hong Kong now has seven restaurants recognised with the Michelin Guide’s three star accolade, including Caprice, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Lung King Heen, 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo – Bombana and T’ang Court. In Macau, all 3 three-starred restaurants, Jade Dragon, Robuchon au Dôme and The Eight, have retained their ratings from last year.