3 Michelin stars for Odette and Les Amis

Chef Emmanuel Stroobant of Saint Pierre (far right) and chef Tristin Farmer of Zen, whose restaurants received two Michelin stars. Chef Sebastien Lepinoy (left) of Les Amis and chef-owner Julien Royer (right) of Odette with Mr Gwendal Poullennec, the
Chef Sebastien Lepinoy (left) of Les Amis and chef-owner Julien Royer (right) of Odette with Mr Gwendal Poullennec, the new international director of the Michelin Guides, after getting three Michelin stars in the fourth edition of the Michelin Guide Singapore unveiled at a ceremony yesterday.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Chef Emmanuel Stroobant of Saint Pierre (far right) and chef Tristin Farmer of Zen, whose restaurants received two Michelin stars. Chef Sebastien Lepinoy (left) of Les Amis and chef-owner Julien Royer (right) of Odette with Mr Gwendal Poullennec, the
Chef Emmanuel Stroobant of Saint Pierre (right) and chef Tristin Farmer of Zen, whose restaurants received two Michelin stars.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

Both fine-dining French restaurants get top award in latest edition of Singapore guide

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."

  • 37

  • 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, Shoukouwa and Waku Ghin restaurants.

There were 37 eateries that received one star, three more than last year.

Among them were two hawker stalls which were also awarded one star last year: Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle and Hawker Chan, which was previously known as Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle.

There were nine newcomers with one star, including Terra Tokyo Italian, which was awarded a star in 2016 but lost it in 2017.

In all, 44 eateries took stars home, five more than last year.

Dropping out of the guide this year was Crystal Jade Golden Palace. Another was Bacchanalia, which was replaced by Vianney Massot Restaurant in April. The new restaurant was awarded one star this year.

A third restaurant, Whitegrass, closed down last December.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 18, 2019, with the headline '3 Michelin stars for Odette and Les Amis'. Print Edition | Subscribe