Header image courtesy of Whey
Against the backdrop of the ongoing pandemic, Hong Kong’s dining scene has proven itself more resilient than ever, with rising chefs and restaurateurs continuing their long-held tradition of culinary excellence and forging ahead with ambitious new ventures. Celebrating the wins and successes of local culinary talent, Michelin Guide Hong Kong and Macau has just announced its full selection for 2022, doling out its coveted stars to the most deserving restaurants across the two territories. Now on its fourteenth edition, the guide highlights a total of 71 starred restaurants in Hong Kong and 15 starred restaurants in Macau, including 11 new entrants and promotions from the previous year.
After unveiling seven new additions to the Bib Gourmand selection last week, Michelin Guide Hong Kong and Macau announced its 2022 star recipients in a live virtual award ceremony on 19 January. In spite of the obstacles faced by the industry, this year sees Hong Kong building on its reputation as a culinary powerhouse, claiming seven restaurants with three stars, 12 restaurants with two stars, and 52 restaurants with one star.
As per tradition, the restaurants were evaluated by anonymous Michelin inspectors according to a rigorous set of criteria that includes quality of products, mastery of flavour and cooking techniques, the personality of the chef represented, value-for-money, and consistency between visits.
Among the nine newly added one-star restaurants, the five newcomers are modern Korean establishment Hansik Goo; teppanyaki joint I M Teppanyaki & Wine; contemporary sushi concept Sushi Wadatsumi; Whey, a re-imagined modern European restaurant with Singaporean influences; and neo-Parisian bistro Belon, who makes a return to the to the guide at its new location. Chaat, Mono, Seventh Son, and Yong Fu were bumped up to one-star status.
Newly entering the guide with a two-star rating is Octavium, an Italian fine-dining venue helmed by Austrian chef Roland Schuller and German chef Bjoern Alexander. Cantonese restaurant Yan Toh Heen also came away with a promotion of two stars. Notably, two-star fine-dining stalwart Amber bags an additional accolade with the Michelin Green Star, an award that recognises restaurants embodying the highest degree of sustainable gastronomy.
All 10 three-starred restaurants in Hong Kong and Macau have maintained their respected status, with no new entrants this year. See below for the full list of Michelin-starred restaurants in Hong Kong and Macau for 2022.
Aaharn, Andō, Arcane, Beefbar, Belon, Chaat, Duddell’s, Epure, Fook Lam Moon (Wan Chai), Fu Ho, Gaddi’s, Hansik Goo, Ho Hung Kee (Causeway Bay), I M Teppanyaki & Wine, Imperial Treasure Fine Chinese Cuisine (Tsim Sha Tsui), Jadin de Jade (Wan Chai), Kam’s Roast Goose, Liu Yuan Pavillion, Loaf On, Louise, Man Ho (Admiralty), Man Wah, Mandarin Grill + Bar, Ming Court (Mong Kok), Mono, New Punjab Club, Pang’s Kitchen, Petrus, Roganic, Rùn, Ryota Kappou Modern, Seventh Son, Shang Palace, Spring Moon, Summer Place, Sushi Saito, Sushi Wadatsumi, Takumi by Daisuke Mori, The Araki, The Chairman, Tosca di Angelo, Vea, Whey, Xing Rong Ji, Yardbird, Yat Lok, Yat Tung Heen, Ye Shanghai (Tsim Sha Tsui), Yong Fu, Zest by Konishi, Zhejiang Henn, Zuicho
8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana, Lai Heen, Pearl Dragon, The Kitchen, Wing Lei Palace, Ying, Zi Yat Heen
Amber, Arbor, Bo Innovation, Écriture, L’Envol, Octavium, Sun Tung Lok, Ta Vie, Tate, Tin Lung Heen, Yan Toh Heen, Ying Jee Club
Alain Ducasse at Morpheus, Feng Wei Ju, Mizumi (Macau), Sichuan Moon, Wing Lei
8 ½ Otto e Mezzo- Bombana, Caprice, Forum, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Lung King Heen, Sushi Shikon, T’ang Court
Jade Dragon, Robuchon au Dôme, The Eight