SINGAPORE, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- The Michelin Guide Singapore 2019 was unveiled here Tuesday night, with two French restaurants being rated Three Stars.
Of this year's total 44 star entries, two French restaurants, namely Les Amis and Odette, were granted the highest Three Star, which speaks of exceptional cuisine that is worth a special journey. This is the first time since the launch of the Singapore edition that the supreme distinction has been awarded to two establishments in the city-state.
"With two of its establishments promoted to a three-star ranking, Singapore is clearly positioned as a leading gastronomic destination," said Gwendal Poullennec, international director of the MICHELIN guides. "Getting a three-star is always a singular moment in a chef's life and I am convinced that's the same feeling for a city or a country."
"With this historic first, which completes an already extensive culinary scene, Singapore enters a new dimension to the eyes and palate of food lovers. As for the Michelin guide, it confirms by awarding its highest distinction to the outstanding cuisine of Odette and Les Amis, its ability to evaluate and promote exceptional tables," Poullennec said at the star revelation and gala dinner held at the Capella Hotel.
Other five restaurants scored two stars, which mean excellent cooking that is worth a detour. Finally, 37 restaurants were awarded one star which Michelin says of high quality cooking and is worth a stop.
Michelin had about one week earlier unveiled its 2019 list of 58 Bib Gourmand establishments, whose prices of three dishes should not surpass 45 Singapore dollars (about 32.6 U.S. dollars) per person.
Michelin published its Singapore Guide in 2016, the first of its kind in Southeast Asia. In the 2018 edition of the MICHELIN Guide Singapore, there was no three-starred restaurant.
Being a French tyre producer, Michelin began to publish its guide in 1900 on detailed information of enroute restaurants in hopes of promoting sales of cars and tyres. Over the years, the Michelin guide has become the most renowned food guide for food lovers.