Thursday, 5 December 2013

Stars in Their Eyes

International Director of the Michelin Guides Michael Ellis with Bibendum
Today the Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau 2014 was released at Hotel Icon and international director Michael Ellis was pleased to note the region was the first in the world ever to include three, three Michelin-star restaurants to the list in one year.

Joining stalwarts 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana, L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon and Lung King Heen was Sushi Shikon, a super exclusive Japanese restaurant in the Mercer Hotel in Sheung Wan, Alvin Leung's Bo Innovation and The Eight in the Grand Lisboa in Macau.

Caprice in the Four Seasons Hong Kong lost a star from three due to the departure of chef Vincent Thierry, and Ming Court went down to one also because its chef left.

Finally places like Petrus and Man Wah got their first stars, while Pierre gained another star to make it two, while favourite value-for-money dim sum place Tim Ho Wan's North Point location has gained a star, which may mean higher rents in the area as well as more customers.

But why are the restaurants in the Peninsula Hong Kong shut out? Why does Bo Innovation, which presents inconsistently-conceived fusion dishes gets three stars? And why do brand-new dining establishments less than a year old like Duddell's gets one star?

Ellis stresses the Michelin inspectors are looking at the quality of the ingredients, personality of the restaurant, preparation and flavours, consistency and value for money.

Some of the choices have Hong Kong foodies shaking their heads, while restaurateurs and hotel general managers are rubbing their hands with excitement, as Michelin stars means higher prices.

But should they really just be chasing the Michelin star status? Or should they focus more on serving their customers?


  1. I really don't get the Michelin love for Bo Innovation. Also, Tim Ho Wan is value for money but I can't believe the dim sum is considered that highly -- frankly, I way prefer the dim sum at Victoria City Seafood Restaurant (Sun Hung Kai Centre branch) and Tsui Hang Village (Central branch) way more.

    1. HI YTSL -- Yes I agree with you about Tim Ho Wan. It's definitely good value but it's not quality dim sum. Apparently Bo Innovation has improved immensely...