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Singapore gets 7 new Michelin-star restaurants in 2022 guide, while Cloudstreet and Thevar get upgraded to two stars

South China Morning Post logo South China Morning Post 13/7/2022 Charmaine Mok
  • Burnt Ends, Euphoria and Hamamoto among the seven new restaurants on the 2022 list, which all received one star
  • Hawker stall Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle retains its one-Michelin-star ranking, while stalwarts Les Amis, Odette and Zen keep their three Michelin stars

A week after announcing the new Bib Gourmand entrants to the 2022 edition of the Michelin Guide Singapore, the storied tyre company revealed its latest list of Michelin-star establishments in the Lion City at a gala dinner on July 12.

There are now 52 Michelin-star restaurants in Singapore, up three from the 2021 edition, with seven new entries to the 2022 guide.

The seven new restaurants, which all received one Michelin star, are Burnt Ends, Euphoria, Hamamoto, La Dame de Pic, Marguerite, Nae:um and REve, representing a diverse range of restaurant genres from hearty barbecue to Korean minimalism.

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Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle, a long-standing hawker stall beloved by many (including Singaporean restaurateur Yenn Wong of Hong Kong's JIA Group), retained its one Michelin star for the sixth year in a row and remains the only street-food restaurant to boast a star on the Singapore list.

A dish by Nae:um in Singapore. Photo: Alex Ang © Provided by South China Morning Post A dish by Nae:um in Singapore. Photo: Alex Ang

New to the two-Michelin-star list is the highly acclaimed Cloudstreet, up from one star in 2021, which also ranked 44th in the 2022 edition of Asia's Best Restaurants.

Helmed by chef-owner Rishi Naleendra and his wife Manuela Toniolo, the restaurant represents Naleendra's Sri Lankan heritage and is influenced by his time in Australia, with dishes such as a Sri Lankan curry of Western Australian marron.

A creation at two-Michelin-star restaurant Cloudstreet. Photo: Cloudstreet Singapore © Provided by South China Morning Post A creation at two-Michelin-star restaurant Cloudstreet. Photo: Cloudstreet Singapore

Thevar, a groundbreaking modern Indian grill restaurant, was also upgraded to two Michelin stars. Chef Mano Thevar is known for applying European techniques to Indian culinary traditions, all in a dining room that resonates with sheer conviviality.

The awards dinner was a shining moment for the two South Asian chefs, who embraced each other on stage as they received their accolades on behalf of their restaurants.

"It is an absolute honour and blessing to be celebrating this recognition as a result of our incredible team's hard work, passion, dedication and perseverance," wrote Naleendra in an Instagram post soon after the announcement.

A dish from Thevar, which was upgraded to two-Michelin-star status. Photo: Thevar © Provided by South China Morning Post A dish from Thevar, which was upgraded to two-Michelin-star status. Photo: Thevar

"It has been really exciting to see how much the team has grown over the past year and we want to say a huge 'thank you!' to our guests for their constant and unwavering support, as well as to our artisans, farmers and suppliers for always ensuring that we have the best produce to work with.

"We will definitely take the next few days to soak this in and continue to do what we do best - providing great food and hospitality."

Cloudstreet and Thevar join the ranks of other two-Michelin-star restaurants including Jaan by Kirk Westaway, Saint Pierre, Shisen Hanten, Shoukouwa and Waku Ghin, which all retained their status.

Tristin Farmer at three-Michelin-star restaurant Zen. © Provided by South China Morning Post Tristin Farmer at three-Michelin-star restaurant Zen.

There are no new three-Michelin-star venues this year, with stalwarts Les Amis, Odette and Zen retaining their positions. Tristin Farmer, Zen's executive chef, expressed gratitude for the recognition on his Instagram page, highlighting that "retaining [three Michelin stars] is a recognition of everyone's hard work and passion".

The 2022 edition of the guide was announced at a Michelin Star Revelation gala dinner and ceremony that featured a menu from top Singaporean chefs, including Barry Quek from the one-Michelin-star Whey in Hong Kong's Central district, who cooked alongside Jimmy Lim of two-Michelin-star JL Studio in Taichung, Taiwan; Angela Lai of two-Michelin-star Tairroir in Taipei, Taiwan; and Mathew Leong of two-Michelin-star Re-Naa, in Norway.

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