On October 12, the fifth MICHELIN Guide Beijing selection was unveiled during a ceremony at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Beijing. Two years after the last restaurant was promoted to Three MICHELIN Stars, a new establishment has been awarded this distinction.
The 2024 selection comprises 105 restaurants, including 3 Three-MICHELIN-Star restaurants, 2 Two-MICHELIN-Star restaurants, 28 One-MICHELIN-Star restaurants, 20 Bib Gourmand restaurants, and 52 restaurants recommended by the MICHELIN Guide. During the ceremony, MICHELIN also presented 3 special awards: the MICHELIN Young Chef, Sommelier, and Service Awards.
"While working on the fifth edition of the MICHELIN Guide Beijing, our team has been delighted to witness that the local restaurant industry has not lost any of its dynamism or drawing power," pointed out Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of the MICHELIN Guides. "We are delighted to welcome a new restaurant to the Three-MICHELIN-Star family. This is wonderful news for the Beijing gastronomic scene. Chao Shang Chao (Chaoyang) Restaurant, run by chef Cheung, has been a model of excellence since it opened," he added.
"Within the framework of this new selection, our inspection team also saw the emergence and progression of many restaurants offering cuisine typical of the various Chinese provinces and cities, especially Fujian, Sichuan, Hubei, and even Ningbo, which is the economic center of the Zhejiang province. Deeply rooted in their culinary identities, these restaurants are proud and authentic ambassadors for their territories, as well as the perfect illustration of the cultural exchanges that bind China’s capital city to the country’s other provinces. A true homage to the wide diversity of the Beijing food scene, our new selection includes more than 30 different types of cuisine.”
1 new restaurant awarded Three MICHELIN Stars, and 3 new establishments receive One MICHELIN Star
Among the newcomers in this 2024 selection Chao Shang Chao (Chaoyang) Restaurant stands out. Awarded Two MICHELIN Stars in the 2023 selection, this restaurant, which opened three years ago, has continued its forward momentum, and this has seen it awarded a third MICHELIN Star this year.
The gastronomy of the Guangdong province, and especially the city of Teochew, holds no secrets for the chefs at Chao Shang Chao (Chaoyang). Led by Chef Cheung, these experienced professionals handle each ingredient with the utmost precision, showcasing incredible craftsmanship. In addition to traditional dishes, the chef allows his imagination free reign and enriches his menus with his creations. With a rare talent and perfect mastery of ingredients, he serves his guests refined dishes, full of flavor and with attention to detail. Chao Shang Chao (Chaoyang) also stands out for the wonderful collaboration between the front- and back-of-house teams, with attentive staff sincerely conveying the chef's vision. The harmony between the staff members plays a key role in this restaurant’s success.
Still equally compelling, Xin Rong Ji (Xinyuan South Road) and King's Joy restaurants retain their Three MICHELIN Stars this year, and King's Joy also maintains its MICHELIN Green Star for its sustainable practices. Jingji Restaurant, known for its Beijing cuisine, and Shanghai Cuisine Restaurant, which continues to attract foodies with traditional Shanghainese dishes, also maintain their Two MICHELIN Stars.
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The selection of One-MICHELIN-Star restaurants includes 23 establishments, of which 3 are newcomers. These are Giada Garden and MO Jasmine, both of which were recommended in the previous MICHELIN Guide selection, as well as Lamdre, which is making its debut in the MICHELIN Guide selection.
Giada Garden, an Italian restaurant, offers a menu filled with classic Italian dishes, such as the essential veal Milanese or home-made pastas. For an unforgettable experience, the inspectors recommend you opt for one of the set menus created by the chef in order to savor a variety of his specialties. The extensive wine selection features wines from different regions of Italy and completes the culinary offer.
MO Jasmine Restaurant, which opened in early 2022, offers creative dishes rooted in the Beijing and Shandong culinary traditions. While each dish is beautifully presented, the Peking duck and sea cucumber is particularly elegant. The signature dish of this restaurant, crispy Peking duck skin paired with savory caviar, is a delightful treat.
The newly listed restaurant, Lamdre, is helmed by an experienced chef who offers vegetarian cuisine of rare finesse by way of a seasonal tasting menu. The famous tofu is marinated in a matsutake and wakame broth and seasoned with a home-brewed soy sauce enhanced with rice, kombu, honey, and shiitake. The restaurant’s sommelier has created two wine pairing options that showcase natural, organic, sustainable, and biodynamic wines.
2 restaurants make their debut in the Bib Gourmand category, and 13 restaurants join those recommended by the MICHELIN Guide
The MICHELIN Guide Beijing 2024 recommends a total of 20 Bib Gourmand restaurants, of which 2 are newcomers.
Fujian Cuisine (Dongsanhuan North Road), as the name suggests, specializes in traditional Fujian dishes, and particularly those from Minnan, a region in the south of the province. Just like the chef and his team, who strive to enhance the flavors of Fujian; most of the seafood ingredients hail from the city of Xiamen. The steamed red crab on sticky rice and peppered with fish roe won over our inspection team with its wonderful umami flavor, while the ginger duck soup is an heirloom recipe passed down for generations. The secret to its incomparable taste? The Muscovy duck.
Qiantang Garden, open for nearly twenty years, is the perfect place to discover the cuisine of Ningbo, from whence the owner hails. The latter collaborates with Zhejiang fishermen, who deliver fresh seafood to him daily.
Gourmets can select their fish from the tank or try one of the house specialties such as freshwater prawns Blanched in oil, they are then simply seasoned with a dash of vinegar and a little grated ginger.
Over the past five years, the Bib Gourmand category (showcasing restaurants in which you can generally eat for a maximum of 300 yuan per person, excluding beverages) has continued to grow It includes numerous affordable eateries that reflect the originality of the local culinary scene.
Lastly, 52 restaurants are recommended in the MICHELIN Guide this year, with 13 making their first appearance. Among these are Chef 1996 and Ji Chuan, 2 Sichuanese restaurants; restaurants offering Hunan specialties, such as Xiang Shang Xiang (Jinhe East Road) and Everlasting Happiness; plus Cantonese establishments like Exquisite Bocuse and Top Feast (East Chang'an Street) ; Chu Shan Si Ji, where you can enjoy specialties from Hubei; Beijing restaurants such as Héritage East; He Yuan (Fengsheng Hutong), an establishment that showcases Tiantai cuisine; La Roba, which offers dishes from Yunnan; Le Vif, a trendy French cuisine restaurant; as well as Mansion Xún, which gives pride of place to specialties from Jiangsu and Zhejiang; and Japanese restaurant, Nishiki. All these culinary styles give the selection an immensely diverse range of flavors to take gourmets on an unforgettable journey.
3 MICHELIN Special Awards reward culinary industry talents
During the unveiling ceremony for the 2024 edition of MICHELIN Guide Beijing, 3 special MICHELIN awards were presented to recognize the skill of professionals actively contributing to the standing of the Beijing culinary scene.
The MICHELIN Young Chef Award is designed to honor young chefs demonstrating exceptional talent and potential. This year, the Award was bestowed on Ms. LI Zhanxu, chef of the Qu Lang Yuan restaurant, recommended in the MICHELIN Guide. With a degree in culinary arts and catering management, this ambitious and energetic chef originally from Beijing proves that for soul nobly born, valor doesn’t await the passing of years. Ms. LI is passionate about her cooking, in which she skillfully combines Chinese flavors and ingredients with French techniques. Sophisticated ideas and delicacy are presented in every dish, and are a wonderful illustration of the infinite possibilities offered by the local ingredients.
The MICHELIN Service Award acknowledges and encourages professionals in the industry who demonstrate exceptional capabilities. This year’s winner is Ms. XIANG Jiyang, from the MICHELIN-Selected restaurant Everlasting Happiness restaurant, recommended in the MICHELIN Guide.
Originally from Changsha in the Hunan province, she has been part of this establishment’s team since it opened. This thoughtful professional is attentive to detail and knows how to find the perfect balance between engagement and discretion when dealing with guests. With an extremely good knowledge of the products used to make the dishes she serves, Ms. XIANG is able to accurately present every signature dish. She forms a true connection between the kitchen and the guests.
Lastly, the MICHELIN Sommelier Award is presented in appreciation of talented sommeliers who bring knowledge, skill, and passion to the service of wine and wine-food pairings. Through their engagement, they demonstrate to their guests the importance of the wine menu to the overall gastronomic experience offered by a restaurant. This award went to Mr. LI Xiaolong from the One-MICHELIN-Star restaurant, Lamdre. Mr. LI is knowledgeable with excellent wine pairing skills. Adapting these wine pairings to the new dishes created by the chef, he is not limited to special yellow wines and offers guests natural, organic, sustainable, and biodynamic wines. These pairings are as varied as they are surprising.
The restaurants selected join the MICHELIN Guide Beijing selection of hotels, which features the most unique and trendy places to stay in China and throughout the world.
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The MICHELIN Guide Beijing 2024 at a glance:
105 recommended restaurants of which:
- 3 Three-MICHELIN-Star restaurants, of which 1 new
- 2 Two-MICHELIN-Star restaurants
- 28 One-MICHELIN-Star restaurants, of which 3 new
- 20 Bib Gourmand restaurants, of which 2 new
- 52 MICHELIN-Selected restaurants, of which 13 new
- 1 restaurant awarded the MICHELIN Green Star