Fourteen Hong Kong restaurants received their first Michelin stars at the Michelin Guide Ceremony held in Macau on Wednesday honouring culinary excellence in Hong Kong and Macau. The 15th edition of the Hong Kong Michelin Guide acknowledged 78 Hong Kong restaurants and 17 Macau restaurants, with 14 spots entering the Hong Kong list for the first time: one new 3-star, three new 2-stars, and nine new 1-stars.
New 3-Michelin-star restaurant
Just one restaurant has earned the holy grail of three Michelin stars in 2023: Ta Vie, promoted from two stars which it had held for six years. The experimental French restaurant uplifts pure Asian ingredients. (2/F, The Pottinger, 74 Queen’s Rd Central | +852 2668 6488)
Lung King Heen lost one Michelin star in the 2023 guide, keeping the total of three-Michelin-star restaurants in the city at 10.
New 2-Michelin-star restaurants
Three dineries achieved two Michelin stars for the first time, bringing the number of Hong Kong’s two-Michelin starred restaurants to 18:
- Bo Innovation: “X-treme Chinese Cuisine” from Chef Alvin Leung with a playful take on Hong Kong dishes and theatrical dining experience. (1/F, 45 Pottinger St, Central)
- Lai Ching Heen: Hailed as “one of the world’s finest Chinese restaurants.”(G/F, The Regent Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui)
- Rùn (promoted): Elegant Cantonese dim sum with creative, seasonal presentation.(2/F, The St. Regis Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Dr, Wan Chai)
New 1-Michelin-star restaurants
Nine restaurants received their first Michelin star, bringing the total of one-Michelin-star restaurants in Hong Kong to 58:
- D.H.K: In a twist for employees of newly awarded Cantonese seafood restaurant D.H.K, staff were suddenly informed on Tuesday evening that the business would close the next day. Employees were spotted on Wednesday protesting for salaries that had yet to be paid, The Standard reported. (3/F, Sunshine Plaza, 349-353 Lockhart Rd, Wan Chai)
- Godenya: Omakase restaurant specialising in sake pairing.(UG/F, 182 Wellington St, Sheung Wan)
- Nagamoto: Japanese restaurant offering just one omakase menu. (8/F, 18 On Lan St, Central)
- Noi: Italian spirit infused in Japanese fine dining. (Level 5, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, 8 Finance St Podium, Central)
- The Chairman: Cantonese fine-dining made with organic and local ingredients. (3/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington St, Central)
- The Demon Celebrity: Collaboration between celebrity chefs Chef Alvin Leung and Chef Cheng Kam-futo present familiar Cantonese food in a new way.(B/F, South China Building, 1 Wyndham St, Central)
- Estro (promoted): Tasting menus inspired by Neapolitan cuisine. (2/F, 1 Duddell St, Central)
- Kappo Rin (promoted): Among the finest kaiseki you can find in Hong Kong. (7/F, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental 15, Queen’s Rd Central, Central)
- Neighborhood (promoted): After receiving the Michelin Bib nine years ago, the tiny explorative tapas restaurant achieved a Michelin star. (61 Hollywood Rd, Central)
Thai restaurant Aarharn lost its one-star status.
New Michelin Green star restaurant
One restaurant was awarded with the Michelin Green Star for eco-conscious practices: soy bean-entered eatery Mora (40 Upper Lascar Row, Sheung Wan). This brings the grand total of Michelin Green Star restaurants in the SAR to four.
Two weeks earlier, Michelin had revealed the eateries in the two SARs awarded with a Bib Gourmand distinction, with six newly awarded establishments in Hong Kong. Restaurants earn this by offering “the best value-for-money gourmet experiences”.
The Michelin Guide ceremony took place in-person again for the first time after three years; last year, nine restaurants in Hong Kong received their first Michelin star in the 2022 virtual ceremony.
Header image credits: Ta Vie