Dining Out 3 minutes 01 September 2021

12 New MICHELIN-Starred Restaurants — What Impressed the Michelin Inspectors

Among these twelve newly-starred restaurants, four make a debut, three gain their MICHELIN Star for new openings, and five are promoted. Find out more about these restaurants, and how they made an impression on the Michelin inspectors.

The MICHELIN Guide Singapore is back this 2021, celebrating its fifth anniversary by announcing its Star selection. In this year's edition, Michelin pays tribute to the diligence, determination, and dedication of culinary professionals who continue to provide the finest gastronomic experiences Singapore has to offer. These restaurants showcase excellence in their craft, as well as the Lion City's colourful dining landscape.

In the MICHELIN Guide Singapore 2021 Star selection, twelve new restaurants have been awarded with One MICHELIN Star. Spanning a myriad of cultural, creative, and heritage cuisines, these locations are recognised for their masterful culinary techniques and vibrant flavour combinations. Read on to find out what impressed the Michelin inspectors.

4 Restaurants Debut with One MICHELIN Star

Art's Challans Duck, Homemade Hay Ricotta, White Asparagus
Art's Challans Duck, Homemade Hay Ricotta, White Asparagus

1 St. Andrew’s Road, #06-02 National Gallery, Singapore 178957

What The Inspectors Say: Located in the National Gallery, Art offers sensational views and a gastronomic journey inspired by the seas and the mountains. The exquisitely-plated courses are rooted in Italian traditions and invigorated by creativity, finesse, and creative food combinations that work wonders.

Cloudstreet's Sicilian Red Prawns
Cloudstreet's Sicilian Red Prawns

84 Amoy Street, Singapore 069903

What The Inspectors Say: A blend of Sri Lankan heritage and the chef's solid kitchen experience is showcased in the innovative dishes at Cloudstreet, which are served omakase-style. They boast layered and intermingling flavours as the meal unfolds.

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328 North Bridge Road, #01-11, Singapore 188719

What The Inspectors Say: Sushi, interfaced with sashimi, forms the backbone of the set and omakase menus at Oshino. Sushi rice from the chef’s home prefecture Yamagata is dressed with vinegar and hand-pressed into nigiri with a slightly modern twist.

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2 Marina Boulevard, #01-02, Singapore 018987

What The Inspectors Say: Helmed by a 27-year old chef, the multi-course menus here exhibit acumen, finesse, and harmony. The precise and well-timed service is another highlight that adds to the dining experience.

3 Restaurants Gain One MICHELIN Star for New Openings

Three restaurants, namely Basque Kitchen by Aitor, Lerouy, and Whitegrass, are all re-selected in the MICHELIN Guide Singapore 2021 edition, reaffirming their continued efforts to provide high levels of gastronomic excellence.

Basque Kitchen by Aitor’s Charcoal-grilled Old Cow Loin, Smoked Garlic Mousseline, Truffle Jus
Basque Kitchen by Aitor’s Charcoal-grilled Old Cow Loin, Smoked Garlic Mousseline, Truffle Jus

3 Fullerton Road, #02-01/02/03 The Fullerton Waterboat House, Singapore 049215

What The Inspectors Say: Having reopened in The Fullerton Waterboat House in April 2021, Basque Kitchen by Aitor combines past and present culinary influences on a plate through a repertoire of dishes that pay tribute to classic Basque flavours and produce. From the garnishes to the exquisite cutlery, every little detail in the multi-course omakase menu is resolved in the best possible way.

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104 Amoy Street, Singapore 069924

What The Inspectors Say: Having moved from Stanley Street to Amoy Street in Tanjong Pagar in November 2020, the chef team at Lerouy takes a slightly less formal approach to French cooking and punctuates it with Alsatian influences, which pay homage to the chef’s roots.

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30 Victoria Street, #01-26/27 Chijmes, Singapore 187996

What The Inspectors Say:
At Whitegrass, fresh and seasonal Japanese ingredients are turned into classic French fare with contemporary Japanese twists. The restaurant shuttered in December 2018 and relaunched with a new concept and a new chef in May 2019. Every dish, including the appetiser and the petit fours, is not to be missed.

5 Restaurants Promoted to One MICHELIN Star from Plate

Cure’s Silverhill Farm Duck, Native Berries, Salted Duck Egg
Cure’s Silverhill Farm Duck, Native Berries, Salted Duck Egg

21 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089128

What The Inspectors Say: Irish Classics are re-imagined with original ideas and quality produce. The whimsical Nua Irish cuisine tasting menu is inspired by the chef’s background, homeland’s culinary culture, and even childhood memories.

Esora’s Delicate Fruit and Foie Gras-filled Monaka
Esora’s Delicate Fruit and Foie Gras-filled Monaka

15 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 238964

What The Inspectors Say: Esora offers a meal that pays homage to the four seasons, with elaborate plating and floral arrangements to match. The delicate dishes are sparingly seasoned to accentuate their natural flavours, which are pleasing to both the eyes and palate.

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22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350

What The Inspectors Say: Shang Palace is widely known as a hotel restaurant that serves Cantonese cuisine with interiors akin to a classic Chinese teahouse. The mainstay of the menu here is an array of Cantonese classics, yet they are reinvented with creative twists including, but not limited to, Chinese regional influences.

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9 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089117

What The Inspectors Say: Located along the iconic Keong Saik Road, which is lined with both already-popular and up-and-coming restaurants, the multi-course menu at Thevar is rooted in Indian tradition and crafted with European techniques. The menu here also showcases fine balance and mindful touches.

28 Wilkie’s Langoustine Cacciucco, Leek, Pumpkin
28 Wilkie’s Langoustine Cacciucco, Leek, Pumpkin

28 Wilkie Road, #01-01, Singapore 228051

What The Inspectors Say: Known as the city’s first caviar bar, 28 Wilkie offers five varieties of the black gold sourced from their farm. The food embodies the kitchen team’s modern take on Italian cooking, and some of the dishes are inspired by the chef’s family recipes.

All photos are from the restaurants.

Check out the full selection of the MICHELIN Guide Singapore 2021 here.

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