List of Michelin Starred Restaurant HK 2020 announced today. A mixed feeling amid the social unrest. Let’s see who are in and who are left behind the Guide!
Michelin has just announced the 12th edition of starred restaurants in HK and Macau. For sure, we are looking forward to the star revelation . However, it’s a mixed feeling for Hong Kong food & beverage industry amid the social unrest.
In past 6 months, some restaurants could not operate in normal business hours, whereas some have to close down their operation. Notably, fine dining restaurants in HK has faced more challenges than other industries during the protests.
As expected, some restaurants in the previous edition of Michelin Guide have disappeared in the new list, whereas some new stars are coming up in the list.
Let’s take a look who are in the list of the 12th edition of Michelin Guide Hong Kong 2020!
Who are the new Michelin Starred Restaurants HK?
This year’s Michelin guide features 90 restaurants in both Hong Kong and Macau. Among all, 70 restaurants go for Hong Kong. As per star rating, let’s see below:
- 1 Stars Michelin – 51 restaurants
- 2 stars Michelin – 12 restaurants
- 3 stars Michelin – 7 restaurants
In fact, there are a number of new stars as well as some notable omissions. Who are they?
New 1 stars Michelin:
(1) Aaharn – a Thai restaurant in Tai Kwun (Central) helmed by celebrity chef David Thompson.
(2) Fook Lam Moon (reinstatement) – a Chinese restaurant in Wanchai reinstates the star this year. This “Tycoons’ canteen” is actually a popular eatery for many wealthy local people.
(3) Gadddi’s – a French restaurant in Peninsula Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui.
(4) L’Envol – a French restaurant in St Regis Hotel in Wanchai led by chef Olivier Elzer, who was the executive chef of Seasons in Lee Gardens before.
(5) Louise – a French restaurant in PMQ (Central), helmed by acclaimed chef Julien Royer.
(6) Petrus – a French restaurant in Island Shangri-La Hotel in Admiralty led by chef Uwe Opocensky, who was once the executive chef/partner of Beef & Liberty.
(7) Kyota Kappou Modern – a Japanese restaurant in Central.
(8) Roganic – a British restaurant in Causeway Bay by celebrity chef/owner Simon Rogan.
(9) Zest by Konishi – a French Japanese restaurant in Central helmed by Chef Mitsuru Konishi.
New 2 stars Michelin:
(1) Arbor – a French restaurant in Central, sister’s restaurant of Epure (1 star).
(2) Be Innovation (down from 3 stars) – a Chinese restaurant in Wanchai by Demon chef Alvin Leung.
New 3 stars Michelin:
(1) Forum (up from 2 stars) – a Chinese restaurant in Causeway Bay by founder Mr. Yeung Koon Yat. His signature dish is “Ah Yat Abalone”. Wanna to try?
Apart from the new stars, some restaurants are left behind in the Michelin Guide this year. Sadly, to name a few: The Chairman, Haku, Beet and Neighbourhood.
About Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau
Back to 2009, the Michelin Guide has announced the first edition Hong Kong Macau. In fact, it was one of Michelin’s first forays in Asia.
Then the Michelin Guide has expanded this list to include an extensive range of restaurants in the region. Soon after, the list extends from local gourmet icons to world-class fine dining venues.
Among all Asian cities, Tokyo is the first to be in the Michelin Guide. Likewise, Hong Kong started its first edition the year after Tokyo. In recent months, Michelin announced the starred restaurant list of various Asian cities. In addition, Beijing has the first edition starting from this year.
How Michelin Rates the Restaurants?
How does Michelin’s rating system work? In reality, restaurants have no idea when Michelin inspectors will come.
As Michelin explained, their Inspectors test restaurants in complete anonymity. So they do not receive any special treatment. It’s indeed essential to the credibility of the Michelin Guide. Yes, we agree to the anonymity of inspector’s visits. But what are their rating criteria?
- Quality of products
- Mastery of flavour and cooking techniques
- The personality of the chef represented in the dining experience
- Harmony of flavours
- Consistency between inspectors’ visits
If you’re interested to know more about a Michelin Inspector, why don’t check out this interview with a Michelin Inspector from Thailand?
Michelin Starred Restaurants – Star Rating
Perhaps you have heard about Michelin’s rating system, but how the Michelin stars stand for?
- : “A very good restaurant in its category”
- : “Excellent cooking, worth a detour”
- “Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey”