Once again, Singapore has restaurants with three Michelin stars. And not one but two.
Odette and Les Amis were both given the maximum three stars in the fourth edition of the Michelin Guide Singapore unveiled yesterday at a ceremony in Capella Singapore hotel.
Both fine-dining French restaurants had received two stars in the last three years since the guide was launched in 2016.
Singapore had the three-star Joel Robuchon Restaurant in 2016 and 2017 but it closed down in June last year, leaving a vacuum until now.
Odette's chef-owner Julien Royer, 37, said the top award was only the beginning and not the end of what he and his team were trying to achieve for the restaurant. "We try to get better every day."
He added: "It's time for Singapore restaurants to get three stars as we are a nation of foodies. We have a strong responsibility to be at the top of our game. It is like winning the gold medal at the Olympics."
The restaurant at the National Gallery Singapore is co-owned by the Lo And Behold group of restaurants.
Chef Sebastien Lepinoy, 45, of Les Amis in Shaw Centre was elated: "I've been waiting for this for 29 years. I started when I was 16.
"Three stars is the biggest accolade a chef can get. It's a real barometer. If you get it in Singapore, it's like getting it in Paris, London or Tokyo."
Number of eateries that received one star, among them two hawker stalls which were also awarded one star last year: Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle and Hawker Chan.
Asked what is next, he said: "I will go and catch the fourth star. I will tell my team that the easier day was yesterday. We need to do more."
Like last year, five restaurants received two stars.
Making its debut in the Singapore guide was Zen, which was opened last November by Swedish chef Bjorn Frantzen and restaurant group Unlisted Collection.
Saint Pierre, which received one star in the last two years, moved up a notch this year when it was awarded two stars.
The remaining three retained their two stars: Shisen Hanten, Shoukou