Michelin Guide Hong Kong & Macau announced. A big thing in food & beverage industry. Who is the new star? Who lost it? Let’s check out the list of HK Michelin Starred Restaurants in 2019!
The list of HK Michelin starred restaurants 2019 was just released. It’s a hot talking topic in the food & beverage industry by the end of every year.
Who are in the new starred restaurants in Michelin Guide? Who have become the falling angels and lost the star this year?
It’s the eleventh year of Michelin Guide Hong Kong & Macau this year. Let’s check out the list in the newly announced list of HK Michelin starred restaurants!
Michelin’s Starred Restaurants in 2019 – Joining 1-star Category
The Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau 2019 lists 55 one-starred restaurants. Among all, 6 are new additions in Hong Kong:
(2) Guo Fu Lou – a Chinese restaurant in Murray Hotel
(3) New Punjab Club – one of the first Punjab cuisines in Hong Kong operated by Black Sheep Restaurants
(4) Octavium – a new restaurant by celebrity chef Bombana Umberto
(5) Xin Rong Ji (新榮記) – a Chinese restaurant specialised at Shanghainese cuisine
(6) Belon – a Neo-Parisian Bistro in Soho Central operated by Black Sheep Restaurants
Arbor in Central got Michelin One-star Hong Kong 2019
Michelin’s Starred Restaurants in 2019 – Joining 2-star Category
The Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau 2019 has enriched with 4 entrants. 3 of them are in Hong Kong:
(2) Suishi Saito – a Japanese restaurant in Four Seasons Hotel
(3) Ying Jee Club (營致會館) – a Chinese restaurant in Central by ZS Hospitality Group
Michelin’s Starred Restaurants in 2019 – Joining 3-star Category
Caprice has just joined the Michelin 3-starred restaurant list in 2019. With Caprice, Hong Kong sees a total of seven 3-starred restaurants.
The other 3-starred restaurants include
(1) Bo Innovation
(2) L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
(3) 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo – Bombana
(4) Sushi Shikon
(5) T’ang Court and
(6) Lung King Heen
About Michelin Guide
Michelin guides are a series of restaurant guide books. A French tire company called Michelin started to publish these guide books more than a century ago.
The acquisition or loss of a star in the Michelin’s list can have dramatic effects on the success of a restaurant. It’s now a benchmark of international recognition of food quality of the restaurant’s quality and excellence.
Criteria for the starred rankings are published in three categories:
- : “A very good restaurant in its category”
- : “Excellent cooking, worth a detour”
- : “Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey”
Does gaining or losing a Star affect a Restaurant?
Michelin Guide is an authority of the world’s best restaurants. It publishes the result every year. Does a gaining or losing a star affect a restaurant?
No one will doubt about the impact of having a name in the list of Michelin Guide. It brings an upswing in business after addition of a star to a restaurant.
Lacrucci has talked with several starred restauranteurs in Hong Kong. Maintaining in the Michelin’s list as a starred restaurant is not a simple thing.
Customers nowadays are too easy to put their critics on instagram or other social media platforms. Starred restaurants have to spare more time to react to their feedbacks, whether they are constructive or not.
Gaining a star will also add additional financial burden to restaurants such as investing more on decors and pressure from Landlord to increase shop rents.
Alternatively, losing a star might have detrimental impact to a restaurant. Chefs are frustrated. Some customers turn to the new starred restaurants. In a sudden, losing a star is like to put a curse on a restaurant.
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