Michelin embraces cheap Hong Kong eats in gourmet guide

Thu Nov 26, 2009 11:05am EST
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By James Pomfret

HONG KONG (Reuters Life!) - Michelin, the arbiter of the world's finest cuisine, awarded its coveted stars to several humble Hong Kong eateries which it said offer some of the world's best-value cuisine, although deluxe restaurants remained on top.

At Thursday's launch of Michelin's 2010 Hong Kong and Macau guide, three restaurants -- two in Hong Kong and one in Macau -- were awarded the top-ranked three Michelin stars.

These were French restaurant Caprice and Lung King Heen, a Cantonese eatery in the luxury Four Seasons Hotel, whose innovative head chef Chan Yan-tak was the first Chinese chef to grab three rosettes last year.

Macau's Robuchon a Galera, run by celebrated French chef Joel Robuchon, maintained its three stars from last year.

Besides fine dining establishments, Michelin's second guide for Hong Kong and Macau included 86 new restaurants and eateries, some of which were described as "the most affordable starred restaurants in the world" by Jean-Luc Naret, director of the Michelin guide.

Among the 51 starred restaurants were Hong Kong's Loaf On, a seafood restaurant in the former fishing village of Sai Kung, known for its ultra-fresh fish which got one star, as was Hung's Delicacies, a small family-run restaurant known for its Chiu Chow dishes, trumping many established Chinese and Western restaurants cramming the city's luxury hotels.

A scattering of noodle shops, congee shacks and roast goose eateries were also included in the Bib Gourmand section of the guide offering tasty yet "recession-proof dining solutions."

"Let me tell you I've been to quite a few of those in the selection and I was very surprised. Where else in the world can you eat a star meal for HK$100 ($12.90)," Naret told reporters.   Continued...

<p>Chan Yan-tak, chief chef of Lung King Heen, poses with a cutout of Bibendum or the Michelin Man mascot, during a party celebrating the release of the first edition of the 'Michelin guide Hong Kong Macau' in Hong Kong December 2, 2008. REUTERS/Bobby Yip</p>