The Michelin Guide, the world’s most prestigious restaurant ranking, released its 2015 Hong Kong and Macau edition last week. The little red book of dining – which lists 75 starred restaurants in the two SARs – hit the newsstands Oct. 31.
Seven restaurants were given Michelin’s top three-star ranking – putting them among the best in the world. This places Hong Kong / Macau behind only Tokyo / Yokohama / Shonan (with 14 three-star eateries) and Paris (with nine).
Nobody is surprised that L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon at The Landmark Mandarin held onto its top spot, given that Robuchon, the celebrity chef, has more Michelin stars than anyone else in the world. Next door at the Landmark Alexandra tower is 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo by Umberto Bombana, formerly the chef at Toscana at the old Ritz Carlton, back when it was in Central.
Lung King Heen at the Four Seasons – which made headlines in 2008 when Chan Yan-tak became the first Chinese chef to get the Michelin’s top honours – is also up there.
Other three-star establishments include Bo Innovation in Wan Chai and Sushi Shikon in Sheung Wan.
In Macau, the Grand Lisboa boasts two three-star restaurants: Robuchon au Dome (formerly Robuchon a Galera) and the Chinese restaurant The Eight.
The 2015 guide includes 16 two-star restaurants. At least in the corridors of power between Central and Admiralty, classic Chinese and French establishments dominate the list, particularly at top hotels.
Duddell’s, the upstairs Chinese restaurant that has become a favourite among V.I.P.s, has been newly elevated to two stars. There is also Summer Palace at the Island Shangri-La and Tin Lung Heen at the Ritz.
On the Gallic side, two-starred restaurants include Amber at The Landmark Mandarin, Caprice at the Four Seasons and Pierre at the Mandarin Oriental.
The 2015 guide includes a whopping 52 one-star restaurants. The Hong Kong list is known as one of the most affordable in the world – where Sai Kung seafood eateries and Kowloon noodle shops rub-shoulders with fine dining institutions. Starred restaurants stretch from Sham Shui Po to Kwun Tong to the ever-gentrifying Western end of SoHo.
Downtown, The Conrad scored one star with Golden Leaf, which serves traditional Cantonese cuisine. The Mandarin Oriental’s Chinese restaurant Man Wah, plus the Mandarin Grill, also get one-star each.
The Square, a Maxim’s restaurant at Exchange Square, has one star, as do each of six Lei Garden branches. (Though the one most likely to be frequented by government officials and businesspeople is at IFC).
If you step off the elevated walkways – and get out of the malls and hotels — there are some great one-stars to be found in Central. Nur, serving Arabic-inspired nouvelle cuisine at One Lyndhurst Terrace, has just landed its first Michelin star. Also on Wyndham is Ginza Iwa.
The Boss, in the basement of the Peter Building on Queen’s Road Central, is where actual bosses duck in for Cantonese food. As a budget alternative around the corner on Stanley Street (possibly for those bosses’ officer workers) is Yat Lok, a roast goose place with no English sign and one Michelin star.