It was a monumental moment when Singapore’s first Michelin stars were bestowed. Some were happy that the nation’s food was finally awarded the prestigious recognition they deserved; however, others were not so pleased at the idea of being told what good cuisine is by non-Singaporeans, especially since no local fare made its way above one star. Nevertheless, now that the dust has somewhat settled, there is at least one thing most agree with: that all the restaurants christened with their new shiny stars deserve every bit of their gleam. Enter a few eateries that have caught our eye (and growling stomachs).
The Kitchen at Bacchanalia – 1 Star
Its signboardless front is most certainly not indicative of its lack of renown; this restaurant has a reputation for its homely atmosphere, as well as its penchant for sustainably sourced ingredients. Look forward to delicacies like the Wagyu au Poivre Vert – as long as they have sufficient stock of sustainable beef.
39 HongKong Street, Singapore 059678
Osia – 1 Star
It is opened by Australian celebrity chef Scott Webster and helmed by chef de cuisine Douglas Tay, what more do you expect? Experimental food is the name of the game here, with offerings like foie gras with banana textures, and the Byron Bay Berkshire Pork Rack.
8 Sentosa Gateway, Festive Walk, Singapore 098269
Terra Tokyo-Italian Omakase – 1 Star
Everything – from the bottarga of fresh mullet roe to the acqua pazza of poached fish and seafood – has been handpicked by chef Seita Nakahara at the market just that morning himself. Go for the omakase, a set of three courses; don’t say we didn’t tell you.
54 Tras Street, Singapore 078993
Cut by Wolfgang Puck – 1 Star
Only the very best make the cut, and with this restaurant, the main event comes in the form of the 100 percent Wagyu Beef steak; it just melts in your mouth. Then there’s their constantly updated list of almost 60 original cocktails. Be prepared for a real treat.
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Level 2
Waku Ghin – 1 Star
Does Waku Ghin need introduction? It was previously crowned number seven on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant and Top 50 of the World’s Best Restaurant – and it’s no wonder. Expect only the freshest in its decadent 10-course menu; we recommend the Marinated Botan Shrimp with Sea Urchin and Caviar.
10 Marina Bay Sands, L2-01, Atrium 2, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Odette – 2 Stars
Opened by the head chef of one of the most distinguished French fine dining establishments, it is only natural – albeit admittedly shocking – that Odette received so much press coverage even before it opened. Check out the North Highlands beef tartare, paired only with the finest wines, for this is French dining after all.
1 St. Andrew’s Road #01-04
Read more about the restaurants on Men’s Folio Singapore.