Features 1 minute 08 July 2018

What The MICHELIN Guide's Logos Mean

Pictures say a thousand words and that's no different for these logos.

The star and the Bib Gourmand symbols might be the most iconic logos in the MICHELIN Guide but in fact, each annual publication is navigated by a series of small pictographs placed strategically around the page. This lets the user identify the restaurant’s strengths in a jiffy whether it’s on the contents page or on the listings itself.

Here’s six you should know:
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Street Food
The best way to experience the heart of Singaporean food culture is to savour hawker fare. For that, there’s the symbol of a two-wheeled cart with a little roof. This denotes the physical characteristics of the establishment rather than the quality of the food as the MICHELIN Guide Singapore bestows two street food stalls, Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle as well as Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle with stars. The icon also extends to little finger bites as seen in J2 Famous Crispy Curry Puff.
Interesting Wine List
If you are looking for establishments with an excellent wine list, keep an eye out for this symbol. It covers a spectrum ranging from lists presented by sommeliers in luxury restaurants to simple spaces with a passion for wine. The Daniel Boulud Bistro & Oyster Bar, for instance, has a carefully tailored a wine list with over 500 selections to choose from, in an array of flavours and style that compliments the cuisine.
Interesting View
These three crimson rays indicate particularly breathtaking sceneries for diners to enjoy while tucking into their food. For instance, Jaan, perched on the 70th floor of one of Asia's highest hotels, offers an unbeatable vantage point while being seated near the windows of Shisen Hanten gives sweeping views of the Orchard Road shopping belt.
Terrace Dining
The patio parasol represents the option of terrace dining for the diners, or a relaxing meal in an open-air environment. Restaurants like the Tian Tian Fisherman’s Pier Seafood, for example, offers a tidy terrace by the water – an excellent place to enjoy their seafood.
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Simple Shop
Simple shops that offer great food despite their casual environment are to be found everywhere and that’s no different from the MICHELIN Guide. Not to be confused with the street food category (reserved mostly for hawker stalls), it denotes a humble space where the service and physical aspects are unfussy. Several Bib Gourmand recipients are excellent examples they range from 328 Katong Laksa as well as New Ubin Seafood.

Counter dining
The counter symbol denotes the dining option in an open kitchen concept, where chefs are observed up close from the counters; a full view of the chefs in full action. Béni is an example of a chef's table concept where diners are given the novel experience akin to watching a live cooking programme.


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