Date
4 December 2016
Ricky Chin says he will use all his energy to keep the restaurant alive but adds there is nothing he can do if the Michelin star rating proves to be a curse. Photo: HEKJ, Facebook/MichelinGuideHongKongMacau
Ricky Chin says he will use all his energy to keep the restaurant alive but adds there is nothing he can do if the Michelin star rating proves to be a curse. Photo: HEKJ, Facebook/MichelinGuideHongKongMacau

Failing TST dessert restaurant puts faith in Michelin rating

A dessert restaurant in Tsim Sha Tsui is hoping that its new Michelin star rating will pull it from the brink of collapse.

Owner Ricky Chin said he treats the honor for his Owl’s Choux dessert restaurant with a positive attitude, not a “kiss of death” as some Hong Kong restaurants have come to regard the Michelin badge. 

Owl’s Choux won the star rating for the first time. It was one of 21 Hong Kong restaurants that made the grade this year in the commercial street food category, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Chin’s six-month old outlet has been hit by a string of bad luck including his hospitalization for anxiety, faltering sales and fallout with his partner.

Weekend sales of choux desserts have fallen to 50 from 200 and the loss of business continues throughout the week, Chin said. 

As a result, the restaurant is on the brink of closing down.

But Chin said the Michelin nod is like a dream come true and hopes the distinction from the century-old guide will help turn his business around.

He said he will use all his energy to keep the restaurant alive but added there is nothing he can do if the Michelin star rating proves to be a curse.

The so-called “Michelin doom” befell two restaurants last year.

Cheung Hing Kee, famous for its pan-fried soup dumplings, was forced to relocate some of its stores because it could not afford the new rent after it won the Michelin rating.

Kai Kai Dessert was also forced to move out of its premises in Jordan due to high rent after it won a Michelin recommendation.

It’s on the list again this year.

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