7 Amazing Michelin Star Food Experiences You Can Get Right In KL
Upon hearing the words ‘Michelin star’, most of us will automatically think of the utmost luxury in dining, or restaurants with the finest dishes, ambience, service, and décor (price tag too, of course). If you aren’t familiar with Michelin star ratings, it’s considered to be the highest honour a restaurant can receive, and eateries will only be awarded such an elusive rating by being the crème de la crème of restaurants in the country. Obviously, dining in a Michelin star restaurant shouldn’t be an everyday affair, but indulging in exquisite food every once in a while is acceptable, right? And you don’t have to travel far to get it, here’s a list of Michelin-starred experiences you can get in our own city of KL:
Nobu, Menara KLCCImage Credit: The Yum List
Nobu is a world-famous, Michelin-starred restaurant franchise, and anybody who’s anybody will have been to their original New York or Las Vegas branches to sample some of Nobu-san’s signature East-Meets-West cuisine. The artful fusion of traditional Japanese techniques and ingredients with spicy elements of Peruvian cuisine has made Nobu one of the most sought-after names in the fine dining sphere. No wonder that it’s a popular A-list celebrity hangout! And now there’s one in KL for you to visit for yourself, on the 56
Address: Level 56, Menara 3 Petronas, Persiaran Kuala Lumpur, City Center 50088
Hours: 12pm-2pm (lunch) on weekdays, 6pm-10.30pm (dinner) daily
Nobu Lounge hours: Happy Hour 6pm-12am daily
Tel: +603-2164 5084
Babe, Damansara HeightsImage Credit: Eat Drink KL
Helmed by Japanese-American chef Jeff Ramsey (no relation to Gordon Ramsay!), this restaurant claims to be the first ever restaurant in Malaysia started by a Michelin-starred chef. And they don’t take that title lightly! Specialising in ‘Japas’, a fusion of Japanese flavours into traditional tapas, Babe advocates ‘fun dining’, as opposed to fine dining, to give patrons a unique experience every time they step into their doors. When dining at Babe, you’ll be served with 15 Japas dishes that evolve daily, according to what the chef has been cooking up in the kitchen. With plenty of innovative and fun dishes lined up for you, you’ll definitely be having quite an interesting meal!
Address: 11th Floor, Work @ Clearwater, Changkat Semantan, Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur.
Hours: 7pm onwards on Tuesday-Sunday
Tel: 03-2095 8599
Mak’s Chee Authentic Wonton, One UtamaImage Credit: Pavilion KL
Hong Kong’s world famous wanton noodles has finally made its way to our shores, in the form of Mak’s Chee Authentic Wonton in One Utama. Their noodles are as authentic as can get, seeing as the owner of Mak’s Chee’s grandfather-in-law is considered to be the actual inventor of Cantonese wanton noodles! Now that’s definitely something big to live up to! The original branch in Hong Kong has been officially recognized by Michelin and given a nod by the Bib Gourmand, and their new outlet here will live up to the name as best as possible. I’ve even heard people saying that our Malaysian outlet tastes even better than the original! Drop by One Utama and judge for yourself!
Address: Lot LG 311D, One Utama,, Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Hours: 11am-10pm daily
Tel: +603-7722 2788
Pang’s Kitchen, Taman DesaImage Credit: Malaysian Flavours
Pang’s Kitchen is a Chinese food restaurant bearing a Michelin star that has opened an outlet here in Malaysia. It’s the first foreign branch of this popular Hong Kong eatery, so us Malaysians should feel flattered! Specializing in traditional Chinese cuisine, but with a gourmet twist, Pang’s Kitchen @ Voizsup in Taman Desa is on par with its Hong Kong counterpart, as made sure of by their original outlet’s owners. With a menu spanning over 150 dishes, it would be almost impossible to
Address: Level G1, Wisma Miramas, No.1, Jalan 2/109E, Taman Desa, Jalan Klang Lama, 58100 Kuala Lumpur
Hours: 11am-10pm daily
Tel: 03-7971 2598
Tim Ho Wan, Mid Valley MegamallImage Credit: The New York Times
If you’re a lover of all things dim sum, you must have heard about Tim Ho Wan, the extremely well-known dim sum franchise from Hong Kong with a Michelin star to their name. Now that they’ve opened a couple of branches in KL, us Malaysians can have a taste of their signature dishes and see what all the fuss is about. People have been queuing up in front of the restaurant before it even opens, in order to secure a seat and not have to wait upwards of an hour to dine in this prestigious restaurant. And you wouldn’t have to fork out
Address: Unit 27-G, The Boulevard, Lingkaran Syed Putra, Mid Valley City, 59200 Kuala Lumpur
Hours: 7.30am-10pm on weekdays, 8am-10pm on weekends and public holidays
Tel: +6016-234 2662
Taka by Sushi Saito, St. Regis KLImage Credit PlacesAndFoods.com
This Japanese restaurant is branching off from Sushi Saito in Tokyo, with three Michelin stars to their name and a rumoured 6-month-long waitlist to get in. Head chef of the Tokyo branch, Takashi Saito, is the youngest sushi chef to have been awarded such an honour of three Michelin stars, so you know he means business when it comes to sushi. Ingredients will be airflown into the country three times weekly, and the menu here will be the same as what will be served in Tokyo itself. But with such prominent distinction and accolades, their price tags will be just as high of course. Be prepared to fork out upwards of RM1000 per person for dinner! After all, they’re not touted ‘the best sushi restaurant in the world’ for nothing!
Address: St. Regis Hotel, No. 6 Jalan Stesen Sentral 2, Kuala Lumpur 50470
Hours: 12pm-3pm, 6pm-12am on Tues-Sun
Tel: +6012-330 3600
Din Tai FungImage Credit: Eat Drink KL
Din Tai Fung is another dim sum restaurant that has made its rounds across the globe, with over 100 outlets worldwide. It was even named one of the top 10 best restaurants by The New York Times! And with accolades such as those, it’s no surprise that one of their branches in Hong Kong has been awarded the esteemed Michelin star. Don’t worry though, their quality of food is standardized among all their outlets, so you’ll be sure to be eating Michelin-level food when dining there. Famed for their signature xiao long bao, drop by one of their branches in KL to try out their world-class fare for yourself!
So now you know where to get Michelin-rated food right here in our city. Have you been to these places before, and what did you think? If you know of any other Michelin star experiences in KL, let everybody know down below!
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$69 Michelin-Starred 3 Crs Dinner For Two With A Bottle of Wine ($121 Value) | Laut | restaurants
Laut, which means “sea” in the Malay language, is a nod to the beautiful straits that have turned Malaysia into a culinary haven. The namesake restaurant pays homage to this heritage with “an outrageously good mélange of Malaysian flavors” (Michelin Guide).
Your fête begins with the likes of the delectable Roti Canai, a crispy golden pancake folded with a flourish and dipped in creamy coconut curry for a mouthwatering combination of rich tastes and textures.
Next, a dish favorited by the treasured Anthony Bourdain, the Asam Laksa – a sour, spicy, sweet, and umami-rich Penang noodle soup is an exceptional choice. Stir the refreshing mint leaves, peppers, and pineapple into the hot broth for a symphony of complex notes.
A perfect backdrop to your magnificent feast are brick walls adorned with vibrant, stunning murals and intricately-carved wooden benches transporting you to a colorful and aromatic market place in Kuala Lumpur.
A meal sure to astonish even the most discerning, globe-trotting foodies…
All selections will be made from the restaurant’s full dinner menu.
Your $69 Dinner For Two (a $121 Value) Includes:
- 1 Appetizer (Soup, Salad, Roti, Small Bites; up to an $18 value).
- 2 Mains (Comfort Food, Wok Fry, Noodles From the Wok, Curries, Fried Rice, Noodle Soup; up to a $24 value each).
- 1 Dessert to share (up to a $10 value).
- 1 Bottle of House Selected Red, White or Rosé Wine or Prosecco (a $45 value).
- Valid for in person dining or pick up.
Laut boasts a fantastic 4 stars out of 1,230+ reviews on Yelp
“I love this place. I crave it, dream about it, wish upon a star about it. I haven’t tried everything on the menu yet but every time I go I gotta buckle myself down for the flavors hitting my taste buds…. Literally order everything you won’t be disappointed.”
“Fantastic Malay restaurant serving a wide variety of dishes. Went here with a pulsd voucher and loved the entire set of courses! Would recommend a visit!”
“We heard Laut was the first Malay restaurant to receive a Michelin star in NYC. We had to check it out for this reason. We were not disappointed! Our personal favorite was the Roti Canal. It tasted like a flat and lightly sweetened pancake that we ripped apart and let sit in the sauce. We ate it after about 60 seconds of absorbing the curry sauce and it was delicious. The interior was also very nice. I give it 5/5!”
Laut’s Website | Michelin Guide | Yelp
About Us – Rasa NYC
Chef Tommy Lai and Camie Lai who are both siblings, grew up in a small village called “Rasa” just an hour north from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur. “Rasa” in Malay means taste, it also means feeling.
Although the Lais grew-up in an impoverished environment, they were showered with love and affection from their parents and developed their culinary skills alongside their mother. Both Tommy and Camie absorbed their mother’s recipes of Malaysia’s legendary street food as well as also “choo char” cooking techniques – a style of comfort food cooking unique to Malaysia – and have lovingly recreated it at this 52-seater restaurant in the heart of Greenwich Village.
About Chef Tommy Lai, Head Chef and Co-Owner, Rasa:
Chef Tommy Lai was born and raised in a small town north of the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur called Rasa (which translates to ‘taste’ in Malay). He moved to New York with his family in the 1990’s after graduating from high school.
Lai apprenticed at a few different restaurants in the early years in New York including “Penang” which was then one of the first of Malaysian restaurants to take Manhattan by storm. During his formative years in New York, Lai showcased his flair for cooking Malaysian home-cooked dishes and street food , which he and his sister learned from their mother.
In 2011, he was hired by Laut, a Malaysian restaurant in Union Square to lead the kitchen. Under his stewardship, the restaurant earned a Michelin star. In December 2013, Lai opened Rasa alongside his sister, Camie Lai who is an excellent chef in her own right. The siblings intend to raise the profile of Malaysian cuisine at Rasa by introducing dishes from their homeland that are rarely seen or offered in New York.
About Camie Lai, Co-Owner, Rasa:
Camie Lai is the co-owner of Rasa alongside her brother Chef Tommy Lai. She has decades of experience as a home-schooled chef and learning from their mother, picking-up recipes for famed Malaysian street food dishes as well as Malay, Indian and Peranakan cooking.
Prior to opening Rasa, Camie had managed Malaysian restaurants in New York from the 1990s till present day. Together with her brother, Camie has created the menu for Rasa which features traditional fare such as Kampung Fried Rice, Hainanese Chicken Rice and Penang Assam Laksa. Camie also makes her very own Cincaluk, which is featured on the menu at the restaurant.
How Many 3-Star Michelin Restaurants are There in the World?
There are currently 135 three-star Michelin restaurants around the world. France and Japan are the countries with the most, boasting a hefty 29 establishments each. The USA comes in second with 14, followed by Spain and Italy tied with 11 each. France has the highest total of 628 Michelin stars, no surprise given the French origins of the guide.
However in recent years, Asia has risen to prominence with cities such as Hong Kong and Macau making the three-star rankings. And as cities go, it is Tokyo (for the 13th consecutive year in a row) that can claim the most Michelin stars than any other in the world, with a total of 226. For a breakdown, that’s 167 one-stars, 48 two-stars, and 11 three-stars – in just one city alone. The title for the chef with the most Michelin stars goes to Alain Ducasse who currently holds 20 stars. That’s over 11 restaurants in six different countries, a testament to the Ducasse empire.
The renown of the Michelin Guide needs no introduction in the restaurant world. Started in the early 20th century by car tire manufacturers Michelin, the guide was originally a way of encouraging more motorists to get on the road. The guide included tire repair and petrol stations, in addition to places to eat and hotels to stay on longer travels. By the 1930s the popularity of the restaurant section was evident, and the three-star ranking system was developed. The globally-recognised stars are tricky to obtain, and yet some restaurants have managed to receive (and maintain) the full three.
According to the official ranking definition, a three-star establishment is “worth a special journey” while two stars are “worth a detour”, and one-stars are “worth a stop.” Aside from stars, a restaurant can be awarded a “Bib Gourmand” indicating good value for money, or the newly added “Green Clover” to promote those establishments dedicated to “preserving resources and embracing biodiversity, reducing food waste and reducing the consumption of non-renewable energy.”
How the guide determines its stars is based on five standard criteria that are kept rather vague for industry professionals. Inspectors for the guide are anonymous, never eat for free, and may be accompanied by other guests to maintain their secrecy. More than one visit might be made to decide whether a restaurant is worthy of a star (or two, or three), or of losing one. The pressure of maintaining stars is a challenge, and can even cause some chefs to call it a curse. Case in point: Skye Gingell of Petersham Nurseries in Richmond quit after gaining her first one, claiming the small and familiar restaurant quickly became over-packed with expectant guests. Nonetheless, losing a star can be a hard blow, and oftentimes is due to a lack of consistency.
Michelin star restaurants in New York
A long-time culinary mecca in the USA, New York boasts a well-rounded list of starred restaurants. There are only 5 with three-stars and they are all in Manhattan, but the selection is a fine one. Le Bernardin and Per Se have held those stars for 14 years, since the guide was first established in New York. From contemporary styles with grandiose decor like Eleven Madison Park, to the innovative dishes at Chef’s Table, these restaurants are definitely well-deserving of the accolades.
- Masa, Japanese
- Per Se, Contemporary
- Le Bernardin, Seafood
- Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, Contemporary
- Eleven Madison Park, Contemporary
Michelin star restaurants in San Francisco
Heralding the West Coast, San Francisco is home to 7 three-stars. The restaurants are each exceptional in their own way – minimalist Benu impresses with its Asian-inspired menu, while Quince offers a stellar farm-driven menu. Meanwhile, Atelier Crenn is one of only 5 female-starred restaurants in the world, led by the visionary Dominique Crenn.
- Atelier Crenn, Contemporary
- Benu, Asian Contemporary
- Manresa, Contemporary
- Quince, Contemporary
- Single Thread, Contemporary
- The French Laundry, Contemporary
- The Restaurant at Meadowood, Contemporary
Gordon Ramsay is about to open his first Malaysian restaurant
Malaysian fans of the foul-mouthed, candid, and extremely animated celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay will be happy to hear that his first Malaysian restaurant is set to open its doors pretty soon.
An Instagram announcement by the Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa in Bandar Sunway, Selangor on January 13, 2021 revealed that it would be the location for the soon-to-be-opened Gordon Ramsay Bar & Grill.
Not only will this mark the first time that a Gordon Ramsay establishment is opening in Malaysia, but also the first time that the Gordon Ramsay Bar & Grill brand is opening outside of London, UK.IMAGE: Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa
“We are delighted to be partnering with the Sunway Group as we expand our Gordon Ramsay Bar & Grill concept into Malaysia,” said Andy Wenlock, CEO of Gordon Ramsay Restaurants. “We very much look forward to sharing our wonderful menu and famed guest experience with local and international diners in 2021.”
The restaurant opens on June 21, 2021, and will be located at the lobby level of the resort.
According the marketing copy on the hotel’s website, the restaurant will offer a varied all-day menu with everything from “snacks and light bites” to chef Ramsay’s “signature dishes such as his famous Beef Wellington and Sticky Toffee Pudding”.Gordon Ramsay’s extremely famous Beef Wellington will be on the menu. IMAGE: MasterClass
The restaurant will supposedly feature iconic contemporary interiors that will create “an inviting ambience”, and floor-to-ceiling windows that will offer diners views of the neighboring water theme park and its lagoon. There will, of course, also be private dining rooms for intimate celebrations and events.IMAGE: Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa
Even with about six months ’till opening, those interested in dining at the restaurant can already make reservations right now.
A big fish comes to the pond.
With the restaurant opening soon, Malaysia will finally join the ranks of countries to have been graced by a Gordon Ramsay restaurant. Until now, the closest eatery owned and operated by the Michelin-starred chef has been located at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
Whether or not this signifies the maturing of Malaysia’s bustling F&B industry into something more accepting of haute cuisine is yet to be seen. Even despite having been graced by Michelin-starred brands before now, it is still yet to see a locally-based establishment actually receive a star.Bread Street Kitchen in Singapore has been the Gordon Ramsay-owned eatery nearest to Malaysia up until now. IMAGE: The Straits Times
While it all sounds exciting, expectant diners looking forward to a visit should note that the quality of food served will not necessary reflect the calibre and industry acclaim of the restaurant’s namesake.
In the past, the superstar chef has received flak for serving food with subpar quality at some of his establishments around the world. In one such example, one of his restaurants in London was recently rebuked for serving unreasonably small food portions despite being costly.
It’ll be interesting to see if the restaurant will be more inclined to follow chef Ramsay’s more successful and well-regarded establishments rather than become yet another brand-name eatery with less-than-stellar quality control.
Hopefully, this time, it’ll be the former.
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Global Culinary Icon Gordon Ramsay Partners Sunway Resort To Launch First Restaurant In Malaysia
- From Mayfair to Malaysia: Gordon Ramsay restaurant is their first Bar & Grill concept in Asia
- June 2021 launch forms part a bold transformation of Sunway Resort
- Culinary brilliance and electric entertainment set to characterise superstar-brand restaurant
Sunway Resort, the spectacular flagship of Sunway City Kuala Lumpur, has announced a ground-breaking partnership with Gordon Ramsay Restaurants to open the world-renowned, multi-Michelin starred chef’s first-ever restaurant in Malaysia, marking the start of an exciting new era of international gastronomy for the country.
Under the historic collaboration, guests at Sunway City Kuala Lumpur, the iconic lifestyle destination, will be treated to a blend of culinary brilliance and electric entertainment at Gordon Ramsay Bar & Grill – the concept’s first location outside of London. Scheduled to open in June 2021, it will be the signature dining destination at Sunway Resort, which is currently undergoing a once-in-a-generation transformation that will excite guests and elevate the entire Malaysian hospitality sector.
Gordon Ramsay Bar & Grill will create an inviting atmosphere for all-day dining, from breakfast and lunch through afternoon tea to evening dinners and cocktail hours. There will also be the opportunity for private dining. With floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over the Sunway Lagoon, the views will be spectacular. Diners can select from an impressive menu, specialising in premium ingredients and exceptional flavours including the prime cuts of the finest meat, locally sourced and dry-aged in-house, as well as the very best elements from Gordon Ramsay’s world-famous signature dishes.
Guests staying in Sunway Resort’s specialist suites will have daily breakfast at Gordon Ramsay Bar & Grill included in their rate, creating one of the world’s most sought-after hotel breakfasts. Private rooms, booths and family areas also feature in the restaurant.
The world-renowned chef, restaurateur and star of must-watch shows such as Kitchen Nightmares, Hell’s Kitchen, and MasterChef US, Gordon Ramsay has a collection of acclaimed restaurants in the UK, Europe, US and beyond and holds seven Michelin stars. This exciting new partnership marks the first international opening for Gordon Ramsay Bar & Grill outside of London.
Andy Wenlock, Gordon Ramsay Restaurants’ CEO, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with the Sunway Group as we expand our Gordon Ramsay Bar & Grill concept into Malaysia, and very much look forward to sharing our wonderful menu and famed guest experience with local and international diners in 2021.”
The unveiling of Gordon Ramsay Bar & Grill forms part of the transformation of Sunway Resort, which is being completely reimagined under a seamless and sustainable vision for the future. New family facilities, specialist rooms and suites, and exclusive lounges will be empowered by cutting-edge technology, such as smartphone key entry, motion sensors, live online fitness coaching, and chromotherapy showers, all integrated into the guest experience.
Upon reopening from April 2021, Sunway Resort will take centre stage within the Sunway City integrated resort, which also features the Sunway Pyramid Mall, Sunway Lagoon, Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre, Sunway Pyramid Hotel and Sunway Clio Hotel.
For more information about Sunway Resort, please visit https://www.sunwayhotels.com/sunway-resort
About Gordon Ramsay Restaurants
Founded in 1997, Gordon Ramsay Restaurants comprises the restaurant business of acclaimed chef, restaurateur, TV personality and author Gordon Ramsay. It is one of the largest privately-owned restaurant groups in the UK and has 18 restaurants in London. The group has a further 17 restaurants internationally including USA, France, Dubai and Singapore with further international openings planned. To date, Gordon Ramsay holds a total of 7 Michelin stars across the restaurant group worldwide, including the flagship venue Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, which has held three Michelin-stars for more than 19 years. As well as fine dining, the group has expanded to include more casual dining restaurants offering a wide variety of guest experiences around the globe such as Bread Street Kitchen, Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill, Gordon Ramsay Steak and Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen. For more information, visit www.gordonramsay.com
About Sunway Hotels & Resorts
Sunway Hotels & Resorts operates 11 hotels and resorts in Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam, representing a collection of over 3,300 guestrooms, suites and villas. The division’s diverse portfolio of hospitality assets and services includes ownership and management of a cluster of hotels with large scale convention, meeting and exhibition facilities in an integrated city, to private villa destination, a wellness retreat and a portfolio of 5, 4 and 3-star hotels in mixed-use developments. To find out more about Sunway Hotels & Resorts, visit www.sunwayhotels.com
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Many chefs want to be successful but the stamp of success comes from being awarded a Michelin Star. Many chefs have been awarded this but only a handful have been given more than one. Learn more about the most awarded Michelin-Star chefs in this article.
Who is The World’s Best Chef? If there is something in which a talented chef dreams, then he’s a Michelin star. Getting one is a veritable testament to the skill and dedication of a chef. This is why for years and years, the world’s best chefs are working hard to get just one to boost their ranking.
While lots of chefs have won their Michelin star, more than one was given only to a handful. More stars are equivalent to a better cuisine – the kind of meals worth going out and paying for.
Here is our list of Michelin star chefs with only the highly decorated and creative pros to grace the restaurant business at any time.
Joël Robuchon, 31 Michelin Stars
Introducing Joël Robuchon – the chef with the highest number of Michelin stars. He holds number one spot among the world’s top 10 chefs, making him the world’s best chef according to the Michelin star rating. Though he died with “just” 28 stars, Robuchon was at one point the proud owner of 31. He was also named “Chef of the Century” numerous times.
He specialized in French cuisine and has 12 restaurants in his possession. Joël liked the mentoring of young chefs too. A former student of his was the now infamous Gordon Ramsay.
Alain Ducasse, 21 Michelin Stars
Alain Ducasse may easily be the most successful among the world’s top 10 chefs. This is what he managed to achieve:
- Earned his 21 Michelin stars and kept them throughout his career
- He is the proud owner of 3 Michelin Stars restaurants. About 34 restaurants worldwide opened
Alain Ducasse was born in France, and is well known for delivering the most delicious French cuisine meals. Of all the world’s finest chefs, only Ducasse’s meals were eaten outdoors. Yes, this is the food Ducasse served to astronauts in the ISS in 2015.
Gordon Ramsay, 16 Michelin Stars
Thanks to his television exposure, Gordon Ramsay is perhaps the most familiar face to the general public. He has a famously hot temper, and the ability to cook British cuisine’s most delicious recipes. Ramsay’s cluster of 16 Michelin Stars.
His name is tied to nearly 20 restaurants but his main restaurant in Chelsea is probably the most popular. In the last 18 years this fancy restaurant of his has won 3 stars.
Martin Berasategui, 8 Michelin Stars
Martin has won 8 Michelin stars so far that makes him the world’s best Spanish chef. Of his ten restaurants, two are triple Michelin starred hotels. One such is the popular Martin Berasategui Restaurant.
Specializing in Basque cuisine, Berasategui’s cooking is something of an art, and he knows how to serve meals.
Carme Ruscalleda, 7 Michelin Stars
Carme Ruscalleda is the only lady to be considered as one of the world’s best chefs to have been awarded 7 Michelin stars to date. She is amongst female chefs with the most Michelin stars.
Ruscalleda was bred on a Spanish farm. Perhaps for this reason, she prefers traditional Catalan recipes and seasonal products. She owns 3 restaurants on two opposite ends of the country.
These are the top 5 Michelin Star chefs. Their restaurants are where you can eat the most delicious, magnificently textured food. So, trying their food is definitely worth your time and money, at least once in a lifetime.
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Singapore is an amazing country. In just 30 years, it has grown from a criminal port city to the most modern, safe and prosperous city-country on the planet. Today it is a city that gives birth to creative people – designers, architects, artists, musicians, photographers, fashion designers and excellent chefs.
In this wonderful country there are no slums, traffic jams and practically no crime. Their streets are so clean that eateries and sidewalk cafes are ranked on par with the trendiest and most expensive restaurants.
Fast food, Michelin and gourmets – the stars converge
Knowing the history of development of Singapore and its current state, it is not surprising that already two street vendors have been awarded with Michelin stars. The renowned restaurant guide grabbed the attention of Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle and Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice.
The owner and chef of Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice Chan Hon Meng said: “I never thought that street vending could become a global trend.”And also expressed the hope that future generations will love establishments of this kind.
It should be noted that the most famous restaurateurs in the world fight for Michelin stars. Even one Michelin star immediately brings the restaurant to the level of the world elite and gathers crowds of gourmets. Two stars mean that it is worth making a detour during the trip to visit it, three – the restaurant is worthy of a special trip.
So two street cafes in Singapore received what is called a “star from heaven” and became on a par with famous restaurants around the world.
Cheapest food in the guide
Prices in the most famous diner in the world now start at 2.5 Singapore dollars, which equals to about 40 UAH, and the most expensive dish costs 14 Singapore dollars.
Chan Hong Meng, after receiving the award, said that he would not raise prices in his cafe. And the next day, as always, he opened his tent on time. After all, every morning there is a line for him for noodles with chicken and rice cooked according to a special recipe.
What you need to do to get a Michelin star
Today’s star chef Jang Hong Meng began working at the age of 16, helping his parents in Malaysia. And he learned the intricacies of cooking with a famous Hong Kong chef. That is why the name of his establishment contains the word Hong Kong.
While teaching Chan Hong Meng, his mentor joked that the most he could achieve was to get into the Michelin guide.And now, after many years of hard work, one very ordinary day, the staff of the famous guide came to his tent and invited him to the appointment ceremony. At their invitation, the chef asked in surprise: “You are probably joking?” and clarified if an outdoor tent could be awarded a restaurant award.
The famous Michelin restaurant guide himself comments on his actions as follows: “We value food, not place.” And it is true. After all, gourmets often specially go to a restaurant with 2-3 Michelin stars, anticipating the pleasure not only of food, but also of silverware and waiters in snow-white gloves.However, sometimes they get “just” a good dinner and then experience some disappointment.
Travel Assistance in Singapore
If you are planning a trip to Singapore and are a fan of delicious food or wish to sample Michelin-starred dishes, please write down the addresses of the eateries:
Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice
335 Smith Street
# 02-166 Chinatown Complex Market & Food Center
Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle
466 Crawford Ln # 01-12
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Tags: on-line booking, table reservations, delicious food, book a table, Michelin, restaurant, restaurant business, restaurant business90,000 A street cafe in Bangkoye was given a Michelin star – the story of Aunt Jay Fay
The first thing that comes to mind when mentioning Michelin restaurants is extraordinary cuisine, strict dress code (gentlemen in suits, ladies in evening dresses), a sense of their own exclusivity, waiting for a free table month and no less phenomenal price tag.In short – a culinary Oscar, what else can you say. There has not been any cooler award for catering in 100 years, and the best chefs in the world dream of getting at least one star, which guarantees luxary life and recognition until the end of their days.
Just recently, at the end of last year, a typical street Thai tavern in Bangkok received a Michelin star, for which every chef is ready to give his right hand.
But the winner of the prestigious award, the chef grandma Jay Fai or Aunt Fai, as she is also called, is not very happy.Why?
Let me tell you this entertaining story.
What is a Michelin guide?
To understand what is happening, let me remind you of the history of the creation of the “red guide”, which is the bible of restaurants to this day.
The Michelin guide was born as a free brochure for truckers, which indicated campsites, garages and food service points where you can have a tasty and inexpensive snack.
The creators – André and Edouard Michelin, owned and founded a tire manufacturing company.
It was named “Red Guide” because the cover was and remains red.
To the question – “Why do you need this?” geniuses of marketing, the Michelin brothers answered this way: “Drivers will have to drive more, which means they will wear out tires, for which they will return to us”.
Date of creation of the guide – 1900. Since 1914, the Michelin guide went beyond the territory of France and began to cover the whole world.
What are Michelin stars awarded for?
In general, the concept of evaluation and selection for a Michelin guide is a trade secret that cannot be made public.Nevertheless, it is known that the criteria cover everything that can relate to a trip to a restaurant: the speed of serving dishes, the atmosphere, the price tag, the skill and experience of the chef, signature dishes, innovation, interior, etc.
In this case, how can a Thai makashnitsa get into such a guide ??
A very simple. In recent years, Michelin inspectors have been actively diluting pretentious restaurants with starched tablecloths with such establishments, which, at first glance, are scary to enter. A recent example is the cafe under the bridge in Singapore.(This can be called a cafe with a stretch, since it is also street food with all that it implies).
Japan has the most Michelin stars. In second place – Kyoto and only then – Paris. Michelin inspectors dearly love and distinguish Asians from others.
For example, there is not a single star restaurant in Russia. Coincidence? I don’t think so 🙂
There are 70 inspectors working in the Michelin, who, on Thursday, submit their reports on the visited establishments to the head office of the company. During the year, 50,000 such reports are typed.
What are the Michelin stars, Michelin dish and Bib Gourmaind?
1 Michelin star – Very high quality cuisine
2 stars – Excellent food, for which it is worth changing your route
3 stars – an extraordinary institution worth visiting on purpose
Other designations also appeared:
If next to the restaurant you see a pictogram – a Michelin plate, it means that the restaurant does not reach the star, but deserves attention.There are several plates. They are the first contenders for the star.
Bib Gourmaind is the icon of the Michelin white man Bibidoun. This award is given to quality gourmet restaurants.
The red color of the badges is haute cuisine and great atmosphere.
2 coins is a restaurant where you can eat for less than 20 euros.
One inspector visits about 1000 restaurants per year. And the decision whether this or that restaurant will be included in the Michelin guide is made after a general vote.
The most interesting thing is that you need to confirm your status annually. For a year, only 1 star can be deprived or added.
Michelin stars are recognized worldwide. Oscar, Grammy, Pulitzer and Nobel Prize for Restaurants.
It is noteworthy that the restaurants themselves are not allowed to advertise due to this and mention that they have this award, but this does not matter, because any institution included in the star rating will have a colossal commercial success and crowds of hungry, curious tourists.
Now about Aunt Fi.
Why was a street cafe in Bangkoye given a Michelin star?
Absolutely nondescript cafe, which is located among others in the historic district of Bangkok somehow attracted Michelin inspectors.
In December 2017, a 71-year-old woman from the capital of Thailand, Jay Fai, received congratulations and an award that was presented to her with pomp.
Aunt Fi received the star thanks to her hit crab omelet. Which consists of crab meat and is wrapped in deep-fried eggs.
Star Crab Omelet
Why? Do not know. It’s a mystery to me. Certainly not for the interior, speed of service or atmosphere. For an extraordinary, unforgettable taste of food?
You have the opportunity to check this.
How much does it cost to eat at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Bangkok?
Michelin-starred outdoor café in Bangkok
Jay Fai is not the only Michelin-star in Bangkok. In addition to her, 16 more restaurants received this award.But she is the only one who has received such an honor and for whom expensive interiors, marketers, well-trained waiters and other fabulous expenses do not stand.
Jay Faye is the continuer of her father’s work. Their family restaurant has been living on this site for over 70 years.
Honestly, I do not know the prices that she had before popularity and fame. But I think I will not be mistaken if I say that it is 10-20 times lower.
Since no Thai in their mind would order a tom yam kung for 1000 baht or even try the vaunted crab omelet for 1000 baht.
What’s on the menu Jay Fai
A stern granny in a winter hat and ski goggles is cooking in an open kitchen. Around cauldrons, woks, bags of coal and kilograms of blanks.
Only Thai cuisine is on the menu. Jay Fai did not make any curtsies in favor of European tourists. And she didn’t change anything at all. The menu contains the same curries, tom pits, drunken noodles and crab omelet.
Prices for an introduction to gourmet paradise – from 400 baht. Bringing drinks is strictly prohibited.
The interior cannot be called pleasant or at least neat. The cheapest cutlery, fans on the walls, and in general, if you have ever been to Thailand, there are hundreds of such home cafes in every alley.
Reviews of visitors about the cafe Jay Fai
And what about people? How do they like tom yam for the price of a lobster? And the majority of people are disappointed, to put it mildly.
Firstly, even if you booked a table in a cafe in advance, you still have to wait from 1.5 to 4 hours and nothing less.Grandma Jay Fay prepares all the dishes herself and does not trust anyone in this process.
From the once smiling and cheerful lady who loved to sit down with her rare guests and tell stories, not a trace remained. Visitors speak impartially about her.
There are only 7 tables in the cafe. There are 100 times more people wishing to taste “ambrosia”. The Chinese alone are brought in in droves.
You won’t be able to wait in the cafe either. People are forced to hustle nearby and whet a wolfish appetite. That would seem to have only a positive effect on the assessment, but no.If you miss a call from the cafe, you will have to occupy the line again.
Most people who have left reviews on popular resources like Tripadviser cannot hide their disappointment.
“The crab omelet was dry and the meat in it was overcooked.” “Tom yam is too salty”, “Curry is completely ordinary”, “Lunch was not worth the effort and money that we spent on it.”
Such reviews are the majority. Only a few exalted individuals are delighted, probably because it is not so easy to admit that you spent so much effort, time and $ 200 for a snack in a Thai street cafe and you did not like it.
I will not give personal assessments, since I have not tried either a crab omelet or a tom yam worth half a kingdom, and to be honest, I am not going to.
Partly because they look just as “attractive” in pictures as their price. And to a greater extent I am not attracted by this exaggerated excitement and the prospect of spending 4 hours in line for a Thai omelet.
Bangkok is one of the coolest cities in terms of quality, quantity and choice of street food. Forget platitudes like hot dogs or shawarma.Here you can find EVERYTHING and at any time of the day.
In my opinion, the value of street cafes lies precisely in the fact that, passing by the sewers, inhaling the aromas of fried ginger and the exhaust gases of mopeds, you can stumble upon a diamond, where, in return for $ 2-3, you will get rich chicken soup or a juicy tome of pits with lemongrass sourness. Sincere smiles and kind advice from the owner – as a gift.
How is Aunt Fai upset?
I have read several interviews that an elderly chef gave to various international publications.Some interviewers knew her even before fame and recognition and were amazed at how much she became different from herself.
Jay Faye is annoyed by the hype around her establishment, the fact that people are constantly crowding, not coming to eat, but to take a photo, well, as if she is also not happy with crowds and bookings for months in advance.
She also talked about the fact that her cafe was interested in the tax one, which asks how much she earns per day (and according to rumors it is more than 300,000 baht – $ 10,000 per day)
And the fact that she cannot entrust anyone with cooking and I have to do it myself, 5 days a week for 9 hours.
In short, the burden of fame is heavy 🙂
What to try at Jay Fai Michelin Cafe in Bangkok?
Promise that if you find yourself in the JF cafe, or if you have already been there, be sure to share your comments. What if not everything is so bad?
Well, real gourmets, aesthetes and catering professionals offer to pay attention and taste: Rana-Talai – (seafood noodles with pla sauce – 500 baht), Tao Jew – fermented beans, Kai Jew Pu (the same crab omelet for which Jay received a Michelin star) – 1000 baht, tom yam kung – 1000 baht, fried rice with crab – 500 baht, kuay tau kua talai – fried noodles with seafood – 800 baht.
Cafe opening hours – from 15 to 24 hours. Weekends are Sunday and Tuesday.
Address and telephone for table reservationAddress: Rattanakosin (old town) 327 Maha Chai Rd.
Phone – 02-223-9384
You need to book a table in advance and preferably by mail if you don’t speak Thai.
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