The globally renowned Michelin stars require no introduction, but for the many (myself included) who can’t simply waltz into the Joël Robuchon’s of the world without worrying for the wallet, the annual Michelin Guide also has a separate Bib Gourmand category that recognizes establishments dishing out quality cuisine at approachable prices.
The Bib Gourmand distinction—image of Bibendum, aka Michelin Man, licking his lips–is awarded only to dining spots serving quality cuisine at affordable prices—”which today stands at about €36 in most European cities, US$40 in American cities, HK300 in Hong Kong and Y5,000 in Tokyo”.
The inaugural 2016 Michelin Guide Singapore has today just released the list of Singapore Bib Gourmand awardees, a varied collection of 34 restaurants and street food outlets that offer a “good value meal for under S$45“.
Of the 34 that made the list, 17 can be found in traditional food centres—an undoubted, commendatory nod to our rich street food heritage.
This then brings up another burning question: do we really have so few restaurants that can serve up good food at pocket-friendly prices?
SINGAPORE BIB GOURMAND AWARDEES:
Bib Gourmand Restaurants
Alaturka, Bussorah St
Hjh Maimunah, Jalan Pisang 11-15
Ka Soh, College Rd
Kok Sen, Keong Saik Rd
Lagnaa, Little India
New Ubin, Sin Ming Road
Peony Jade at Keppel Club, Bukit Chermin Rd
Shish Mahal, Albert St
Song Fa, New Bridge Rd
328 Katong Laksa, Coast Rd
True Blue Cuisine, Armenien St
Whole Earth, Peck St
Yhingthai Palace, Purvis St
Zaffron Kitchen, East Coast Rd
Bib Gourmand Establishments
Bismallah Biryani, 50 Dunlop Road
JB Ah Meng Kitchen, 2 Lorong 23 Geylang Road
Sin Huat Eating House, 659 Lorong 35 Geylang Road
Alexandra Village Food Centre – Claypot Laska
Amoy Street Food Centre – A Noodle Story
Amoy Street Food Centre – Famous Crispy Curry Puff
Amoy Street Food Centre – Hong Kee Beef Noodle
Amoy Street Food Centre – Hoo Kee Rice Dumpling
Golden Mile Food Centre – Wedang
Hong Lim Market & Food Centre – Famous Sungei Road Trishaw
115 Bukit Merah View Market & Food Centre – Na Na Curry
127 Toa Payoh West M&F Centre – Chey Sua Carrot Cake
Maxwell Food Centre – Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice
Mei Ling Market & Food Centre – Shi Hui Yuan
Newton Food Centre – Alliance Seafood
Timbre+ in One-North – The Fishball Story
Tiong Bahru Market – Tiong Bahru Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice
Tiong Bahru Market – Hong Heng Fried Sotong Prawn Mee
Whampoa Market Place – Balestier Road Hoover Rojak
Whampoa Market Place – Liang Zhao Ji
For more information, please visit guide.michelin.sg/bibgourmand2016.
Photo courtesy of Michelin Guide Singapore