1 new two Star and 4 new one Star Restaurants are featured in the 2021 selection.
“2021, like 2020, has also been a hard time which has deeply impacted everyone in our daily lives. With our local inspector teams, we are fully aware of the tremendous challenges that chefs and restaurateurs have had to face. However, despite the difficulties, we have all been impressed by their energy, their creativity and their tenaciousness in overcoming the difficulties, and we are grateful for the commitment they have demonstrated to help local communities. From culinary tradition to innovation, from classic cuisine to contemporary variations, Guangzhou is and remains a true paradise for food lovers looking for great gastronomic journeys and new trends to experience. In addition to celebrating the best talents, we also hope this 2021 edition will support the industry”, explained Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of the MICHELIN Guides.
In total, 104 restaurants have been listed in the new edition of the MICHELIN Guide Guangzhou, including 3 two Star restaurants, 14 one Star, 33 Bib Gourmand and 54 Michelin Plate restaurants.
1 new two Star and 4 new one Star restaurants
Standing for high-quality cooking with a modern flair, Taian Table newly receives two Michelin Stars. Taian Table stages a dazzling culinary play for diners with its open kitchen, highlighting top-grade ingredients transformed into artworks with European cooking techniques and intricate skills. The two Star accolade is maintained by Imperial Treasure Fine Chinese Cuisine for offering authentic MICHELIN Guide Cantonese dishes with traditional techniques and Jiang by Chef Fei, who creates a subtle balance between Cantonese culinary heritage and innovation.
The one Star list grows longer this year with 4 new additions. Hongtu Hall, once a Michelin Plate, is promoted to one Star for a mix of exquisite classic and modern dim-sum dishes. The richly experienced master chef and team at Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine also earn one Star for their classic Chaozhou dishes.
Rêver is awarded one MICHELIN Star on its very first appearance in the Guide. Opened only in 2020, Rêver serves French-inspired contemporary cuisine that sublimates local, high-quality produce. Perfectly matched with Cantonese elements, the dining experience is enhanced by a plethora of surprises.
Finally, Suyab Courtyard · Pickmoon Gourmet is another young restaurant that makes its debut in the one Star list thanks to its classic Chaozhou dishes inspired by seasonal, high-quality ingredients and impressive attention to detail. The chef’s offering is not standardized on a menu, which is absent in this restaurant, but customized to each customer’s preferences and budget, which are communicated upon reservation. 10 other restaurants maintain one MICHELIN Star in the latest edition. They are BingSheng Mansion, BingSheng Private Kitchen, Famous Cuisine(Tianhe), Jade River, Lai Heen, Lei Garden (Yuexiu), Lingnan House, Song, Wisca (Haizhu) and Yu Yue Heen.
33 Bib Gourmand and 54 Plate Restaurants
The Bib Gourmand is awarded to 33 restaurants in this year’s selection, 3 of which are new to the list. Chuan's Kitchen pays tribute to Sichuan cuisine and craftsmanship with an interior featuring Yingjing Black earthware. Beyond classic Sichuan dishes, the awardee seeks wider inspirations, as demonstrated by the Thick Cut Boiled Fish – one of its signatures. Offering Halal food, Sa Er TaDongxiang Shou Zhua brings popular western Chinese flavors to Guangzhou. Diners cannot afford to miss its signature Grabbing Mutton. Another new entrant,Ya Yuan presents classic Cantonese dishes. The unassuming, cozy restaurant sits in an old neighborhood with an atmosphere great for family and friend gatherings. The Bib Gourmand distinction within the 2021 edition of the MICHELIN Guide Guangzhou draws attention to restaurants offering great food at a price no higher than RMB 300 per person (three courses, drinks not included). MICHELIN Guide In addition to MICHELIN Stars and the Bib Gourmand, 54 restaurants are recommended with a MICHELIN Plate for fresh ingredients and amazing flavors, covering nearly 20 local and international culinary styles, among which, 10 restaurants have been newly selected.
2 Special Awards 2021
Since handing out MICHELIN special awards in Guangzhou last year for the first time, Michelin inspectors have continued to pinpoint talents and professionals in the restaurant and hotel industry.
The 2021 MICHELIN Young Chef Award goes to Chef Biao Hong from Rêver restaurant. Originally from Chaozhou and having grown up in Beijing, 35-year-old Chef Biao initially graduated in finance. He moved into the F&B industry after graduation and studied in a culinary school in the US. Chef Biao and his kitchen team select and prepare the best local ingredients, and subtly infuse elements of Cantonese cuisine into Rêver’s European-style fare. Dayton So from the same restaurant receives the MICHELIN Service Award this year. Anticipating guests’ needs, having solid product knowledge and engaging guests with appropriate interaction, are some of the most important aspects of service. Dayton So has mastered all of them. He also encourages harmonious cooperation between other members of the restaurant team and always welcomes guests with a friendly and sincere smile.
The MICHELIN Guide Guangzhou 2021 at a glance:
- 3 two Star restaurants, including 1 new one
- 14 one Star restaurants, including 4 new ones
- 33 Bib Gourmand restaurants, including 3 new ones
- 54 Michelin Plate restaurants, including 10 new ones.
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