What will you say if you’re asked to name something that has the ability to unite people? If you ask me, my answer is food! Not only is food a necessity, but eating has also rapidly become a social activity, allowing people to bond over food. Furthermore, those whose passion lie in food have created masterpieces out of them. In Singapore, five new restaurants have been awarded with their first Michelin star in 2018! Come discover these restaurants and really experience your food on a different level!
1) Sushi Kimura
Tomoo Kimura is the man behind Sushi Kimura, a 22-seater fine-dining sushi-ya. Kimura has spent 2 decades crafting his art while apprenticing under his sushi master in Tokyo. He also served as executive chef at several fine-dining and Michelin-starred sushi-yas. Now making his debut as Master Chef with the launch of Sushi Kimura, he strives to bring you “the true taste of nature”. Besides using fresh, wild-caught seafood, he also meticulously sources the basic ingredients, down to the rice and water. Michelin guides highly recommend an abalone dish that is cooked for 8 hours in sake.
Phone Number: +65 6734 3520
Address: Palais Renaissance, 390 Orchard Road, Singapore 238871
At Nouri’s you could keep going back and never be bored, because they change their menu every week! Ivan Brehm, the chef-owner has worked in acclaimed kitchens internationally, and is best-known for leading The Kitchen at Bacchanalia in Singapore to its first Michelin star in 2016. With his own restaurant, his menus are internationally inspired, and all a la carte options come with a complimentary dessert. Alternatively, for groups, you can choose the 5- or 7-course dinner as well! If you’d just like to sample what Nouri’s has to offer, there’s also a tasting menu available, where they showcase a brief representation of their cooking. Michelin guides highly recommend “Bread and Bouillon”, which consists of sourdough rye bread, silky cheese, and a vegetable broth.
Phone Number: +65 6221 4148
Address: 72 Amoy Street, Singapore 069891
3) Ma Cuisine
Ma Cuisine is owned by two young Frenchmen, Anthony Charmetant and Mathieu Escoffier. A gastro-wine bar, Ma Cuisine boasts a collection of over 600 wine labels from diverse sources. Not only do they have labels from well-known France, but also less-known sources such as Hungary and Lebanon. Naturally, they spoil you with an extensive wine list (it would be a crime not to with their collection), and serve up exquisite French cuisine. Also, if you get the chance, take a tour with Anthony into the climate-controlled wine cellar and let him take you on an adventure with his specific knowledge and storytelling skills!
Phone Number: +65 6224 1838
Address: 38 Craig Road, Singapore 089676
4) Burnt Ends
A modern Australian barbecue restaurant, Burnt Ends is an open-concept kitchen with custom-made grills. Not only is Dave Pynt the chef-owner, but he is also a designer! The brick kiln at Burnt Ends is its life and soul, which weighs four tonnes and has two ovens, and Dave designed it himself! As authentic as it gets, the ovens are fired by coal, apple, or almond wood. Michelin guides highly recommend the grilled beef accompanied by marmalade and pickles, as well as the buns with beef marrow.
Phone Number: +65 6224 3933
Address: 20 Teck Lim Road, Singapore 088391
5) Jiang-Nan Chun
Chef Tim Lam leads this Cantonese restaurant within the Four Seasons Hotel. As soon as you step into the restaurant, rustic decor reminiscent of traditional Jiang Nan river villages greet you. Of course, you’re not just there for the decor. Through “traditional Cantonese cuisine of great finesse”, you are further transported back to traditional Jiang Nan’s era. Although Chef Tim only joined in late 2017, he was already a well-established chef, leading Ying Restaurant in Macau to its first Michelin star. Michelin guides highly recommend the fried chicken with lime sauce.
Phone Number: +65 6831 7220
Address: Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, 190 Orchard Boulevard, Singapore 248646
In addition, another 5 restaurants retained their 2-star status from last year: Odette, Waku Ghin, Shoukouwa, Les Amis, as well as Shisen Hanten.