Sophistication, warmth help new stars sparkle

Top News | Maisy Mok 28 Jan 2021

Nine Hong Kong restaurants were among newly starred Michelin eateries, joining 60 others which maintained their ranking, according to the latest issue of the coveted guide.

The Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau 2021 crowned 10 restaurants - nine in Hong Kong and one in Macau - with new stars and recognized a total of 277 eateries and 54 lodging establishments across the two territories.

One of the new two-starred places is Tate in Sheung Wan.

Tate is "a sophisticated restaurant led by female owner-chef Vicky Lau that treads the boundary between French and Chinese cooking, with service as refined as the sentiments that the food imparts," the guide said.

L'Envol, a French cuisine restaurant in the St Regis Hong Kong hotel in Wan Chai, also has two stars.

"French chef Olivier Elzer's shrewdly prepared, artfully plated dishes coupled with professional and warm service capture the essence of French fine dining," the guide said.

With the new additions, Hong Kong is now home to 12 two-star restaurants and seven three-star restaurants.

The guide named seven new one-star restaurants in Hong Kong.

They include Ando, which opened in July. Its Argentina-born chef and founder Agustin Balbi "takes diners on a personal journey from a unique vantage point that fuses his ancestral roots with strong Japanese influences."

Ye Shanghai in Tsim Sha Tsui's K11 Musea and Japanese restaurants The Araki in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kappo-style Zuicho and yakitori specialist Yardbird in Sheung Wan also gained one star, along with Cantonese dining institution The Chairman in Central and JW Marriott Hong Kong's Chinese restaurant Man Ho in Admiralty.

The guide features a new green star to spotlight establishments promoting sustainable gastronomy. Roganic in Causeway Bay and IFT Educational Restaurant in Macau got the green stars.

Gwendal Poullennec, Michelin Guide international director, said the latest star additions amid the global Covid-19 outbreak are a reflection of the resilience, bravery and high level of talent in Hong Kong and Macau.

"Despite the difficult times, the wonderful culinary journeys and the unfailing talent behind every plate proposed to diners in Hong Kong and Macau have amazed our inspectors," Poullennec said.

"This is exactly what we want to celebrate with this brand-new edition of the Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau."

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