The bumper crop of 11 restaurants awarded their first Michelin star at the unveiling of the Michelin Guide Singapore’s second edition last Thursday was less controversial than last year’s list. No hawkers were given stars and there were no shockers – such as the highly regarded Waku Ghin being given the same one star as a bak chor mee stall (Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle). The Japanese fine-dining restaurant helmed by chef Tetsuya Wakuda in Marina Bay Sands has been bumped up to two stars this time.
Still, the new entrants will provoke questions on how deserving they are of the recognition. So how good are they?