Michelin has released its eighth edition of the Michelin Guide for Hong Kong and Macau, with five restaurants in Macau gaining the prestigious star for the first time, and two more awarded a two-star rating. The city’s casino properties continue to be the best places in town to eat, according to the latest guide unveiled on Thursday.
The new list features 16 restaurants in Macau, up from 11 in the previous year – 15 of the city’s Michelin-starred restaurants are located inside a casino hotel or resort, as gaming operators try to diversify their non-gaming offerings.
For the third year in a row, Macau had two restaurants awarded three stars. It is Michelin’s top accolade for food that it considers “exceptional cuisine”. Both outlets, French favourite Robuchon au Dôme and Chinese fine dining outlet The Eight, are located at Grand Lisboa casino hotel, owned by gaming operator SJM Holdings Ltd.
The number of two Michelin-star restaurants in Macau doubled this year. French restaurant The Tasting Room and Cantonese outlet Jade Dragon were each awarded a two-star rating this year, after having received a single star in the previous year. Both outlets are located at City of Dreams, operated by Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd.
Zi Yat Heen, operated by Four Seasons and located at Plaza Macao, a Sands China Ltd property, again received two stars from the Michelin inspectors.
Wynn Macau casino hotel’s signature Chinese restaurants, Golden Flower and Wing Lei, were again awarded two Michelin stars and one Michelin star respectively.
There were five new establishments wining a coveted Michelin star, including two Japanese restaurants. Wynn Macau’s Mizumi and City of Dreams’ Shinji each received their first Michelin star.
Feng Wei Ju restaurant, specialising in cuisine from Sichuan and Hunan, also won the one-star Michelin status this year. The restaurant is located at StarWorld casino hotel, a property operated by Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd. The casino operator features two other Michelin-starred outlets – at its Galaxy Macau property on Cotai – Italian restaurants 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana and Terraza, each gaining a one-star rating.
Indian restaurant The Golden Peacock, at Sands China’s Venetian Macao, retained its single star in this year’s list.
SJM Holdings’ Grand Lisboa also features one other Michelin-starred restaurant, The Kitchen, which retained its one-star rating. Tim’s Kitchen, at sister property Lisboa casino hotel, also kept its one star.
Only one of Macau’s Michelin-starred restaurants is located outside a casino resort – King, at AIA Tower on Macau peninsula.
The first edition of the guide for Macau and Hong Kong, published in 2009, gave star ratings to six Macau restaurants. This year’s guide includes 11 Macau restaurants offering “exceptional good food at moderate prices,” a feature called “Bib Gourmand”. A new addition to the guide this year is a list of 12 street food outlets in Macau.
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”Diversifying the market [in Macau], both in terms of the geographic origin of visitors and their motivations to visit, is not a process that happens overnight”
Chief executive of casino operator Wynn Macau Ltd