Find out which nine new dining establishments made the cut of this year’s Bib Gourmand list, awarded by Michelin Guide Singapore.
It’s the time of the year again, where foodies wait with bated breath for the results of the Michelin Guide Singapore. Whether you agree or not with the scores of the Michelin inspectors has become a favourite national debate. Kicking off the discussion is the Bib Gourmand, which spotlights affordable restaurants and eateries serving quality dishes at a maximum price of $45.
Mainstays from last year include New Ubin Seafood, 328 Katong Laksa (Joo Chiat), Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice, and Bismillah Biryani. While tze char restaurants JB Ah Meng Restaurant, Turkish Restaurant Alaturka, Nasi Padang specialist Hjh Maimunah, Indonesian stall Wedang, and noodle stall Fishball Story were bumped off this year’s list.
This year’s edition sees nine new entrants; out of which are six restaurants specialising in French, Japanese, Indian or Peranakan. Known for their snaking lines since they debuted, Tsuta (Pacific Plaza) made it into the list. This comes as no surprise, since their Tokyo joint is after all the world’s first and only Michelin-starred ramen eatery. Another Japanese restaurant that made it to the list is Shirokane Tori-Tama as well as the ever-popular Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant by chef Teppei Yamashita. The latter is to be expected, but we dread to imagine the average waiting time (it’s currently two hours) for a table now.
Joining True Blue Cuisine under Peranakan cuisine is The Blue Ginger, located along Tanjong Pagar. While Bar-Roque Grill, helmed by chef Stephane Istel, is the first European restaurant to make it to Singapore’s Bib Gourmand list.
Sadly, Liao Fan Hawker Chan at their 78 Smith Street outpost didn’t manage to score a Michelin-star, and has settled for a Bib Gourmand instead. But what does this mean for Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Chicken Rice & Noodle (Chinatown Food Complex)? Will he be losing his star on the 29th of June? Visit epicureasia.com then, for a live update.
New hawkers to make it to this year’s line-up include Ah Er Soup in ABC Brickworks Market, which serves up tasty Cantonese-style soups. Holland Drive Market and Food Centre’s New Lucky Claypot Rice also made it to the list, with their hearty bowls and perfectly charred rice and meat. Zai Shun Curry Fish Head at 253 Jurong East Street 24 also flew the flag high for Jurong, although not for their curry fish head we presume but their delicate and fresh steamed fish.
Head to Michelin Singapore for the full list of Bib Gourmand awardees in 2017.