A total of 63 restaurants in Hong Kong have won “star” recognition from Michelin, the prestigious international hotel and restaurant reference guide, in its latest honors list.
According to The Michelin Guide Hong Kong and Macau 2019, which was released on Tuesday, seven establishments in Hong Kong received the highest honor of three stars, while 12 outlets were awarded two stars and 44 received a single star rating.
Of the seven top-rated restaurants, Caprice, a French restaurant located in Four Seasons Hotel in Central, was the only one that was upgraded, while the other six outlets had three stars even in Michelin’s previous annual guide.
Caprice has been in the red guide for the past 11 years since it debuted, receiving two stars in 2009, three stars from 2010 to 2013 and two stars from 2014 to 2018 before regaining its three-star status.
Michelin praised Caprice’s chef de cuisine Guillaume Galliot, who joined the restaurant about two years ago, for having worked with his team to “offer contemporary French cuisine that highlights the most luxurious ingredients in its refined and perfectly executed dishes.”
“The Michelin inspectors are particularly impressed by the turbot served with a delicate sea urchin sauce as well as the remarkable wine list,” according to a press release posted on the Michelin Guide website.
The other three-starred restaurants in the city were Bo Innovation, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Lung King Heen, 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo – Bombana, Sushi Shikon, and T’ang Court, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
Among the two-star restaurants, there was Ecriture, which opened in April this year under the helm of executive chef Maxime Gilbert and “offers cuisine celebrating French specialties combined with Japanese ingredients.”
Another outlet was Sushi Saito, which was opened by legendary chef Takashi Saito, and which along with Ecriture represented the only two newly added to the list. Among other two-star outlets, there was Cantonese restaurant Ying Jee Club, which got upgraded after it was given one star in the previous edition.
A total of six restaurants are new additions among the one-starred establishments, namely Arbor, Guo Fu Lou, New Punjab Club, Octavium, Xin Rong Ji, and Belon, with Michelin saying they “illustrate the gastronomic diversity of this selection”.
Shang Palace, a Cantonese restaurant at Shangri-La Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui was downgraded to one star from two, while six others, including one that has since closed down, lost their one-star rating and dropped out of the list.
Meanwhile, there were 71 Bib Gourmand entrants, or eateries which offer a quality three-course set menu for no more than HK$400, from Hong Kong, with new entries that include Taiwanese eatery What To Eat, dessert shop Kai Kai and Le Souk that offers Middle Eastern cuisine.
Five eateries join the latest list of recommended street food for the first time. They are Kung Wo Beancurd Factory in Sham Shui Po, The Noodle Hive in Central, Durian Land in Tsim Sha Tsui, So Kee in Yuen Long, and King Of Soyabeans in San Po Kong.
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