The Michelin Guide


Tableware at a MICHELIN Star restaurant in Singapore

The MICHELIN Guide was first published in the early 1900s to boost tyre sales by encouraging riders and drivers to be on the road for longer periods of time. This guide, originally given away for free, included useful information for travellers, such as fuel stations, maps, tyre-changing tips, and a list of places to sleep or eat at during their journey.

The founding Michelin brothers realised the rising significance of the restaurants’ section within their guide, and decided to employ diners to visit and review places anonymously. This unique guide now lists ratings for over 30,000 establishments in 30+ territories across three continents. More than 30 million MICHELIN Guides have been sold worldwide to date.

The MICHELIN Star Rating System


The Star system was first introduced by MICHELIN in 1926. For 7 years, eligible restaurants could earn 1 Star for being “a very good restaurant.” It was only in 1933 that MICHELIN introduced the 2 Star award to denote "excellent cooking that is worth a detour," and the 3 Star award for restaurants that offered an "exceptional cuisine that is worth a special journey".

A chef plating a dish from MICHELIN starred restaurant CUT

One Star

According to the MICHELIN Guide, restaurants with One Star are worth a stop and have a high-quality cooking standard. Though it is the lowest of the awards, earning even a single MICHELIN Star is a worthy accolade. The best way to earn a star is by crafting a quality menu and preparing great dishes consistently.

Two Stars

Rarer than ‘One Star’ dining establishments, there are only about 450 restaurants in the entire world that have been honoured with two stars by MICHELIN inspectors.

Owned by some of the best chefs in the world, two-MICHELIN-starred restaurants consistently deliver top-quality food and are likely to be well-known in the world of fine dining. The cuisine on offer at two-star dining places is so delightful that the MICHELIN Guide deems it worthy of a detour.

Three Stars

The MICHELIN Guide lists three-star fine dining places as those with exceptional cuisine that are worth a special journey. Only about 135 restaurants worldwide have been awarded with three stars.

The crème de la crème of restaurants worldwide, three-star establishments are at the pinnacle of fine dining and offer once-in-a-lifetime dining experiences. These restaurants are managed by world-renowned chefs with exceptional culinary expertise. Such restaurants are always in high demand, boasting month-long table reservation schedules.

MICHELIN Star Inspection & Assessment Process

To ensure the integrity of opinions and the credibility of the Guide, MICHELIN’s restaurant inspectors need to maintain anonymity throughout their service period. They visit the shortlisted restaurants as normal diners without any prior invitation and pay for their own meals to avoid preferential treatment. Food experts wanting to become restaurant inspectors are trained at the official MICHELIN Guide training in France.

A dish from MICHELIN-starred restaurant Waku Ghin

MICHELIN’s inspectors use 5-point criteria to award Stars to deserving dining places. The criterion includes the quality of the ingredients used, mastery of flavour and cooking techniques, personality of the chef in his cuisine, its overall value for money, and the consistency between visits. 

Since the assessment criteria is based solely on the quality and taste of the food, MICHELIN’s inspectors never consider the décor or the service quality of the restaurant before awarding them a Star.

The Bar at Waku Ghin, a two MICHELIN star restaurant in Singapore

Dining establishments, however, can get a ‘fork and spoon’ symbol from MICHELIN inspectors based on their unique ambience, and/or their outstanding customer service. Some other MICHELIN awards include the Bib Gourmand and The Plate.

The MICHELIN Guide also acknowledges restaurants based on regional and local variances. For example, UK/Ireland based pubs are recognised by beer mug symbols, whereas tapas bars in Spain can be distinguished by a ‘wine and toothpick’ symbol.

Fresh seafood at CUT, a MICHELIN-starred restaurant at Marina Bay Sands

MICHELIN Star winning restaurants are often reinspected to ensure that their high standards are maintained.

Restaurants can lose their Star status if the food quality dips during subsequent visits. Unlike dining establishments, individual chefs cannot win MICHELIN Stars. Chefs who run multiple restaurants (in different cities or countries) can then technically hold more than three stars.

Singapore’s Best MICHELIN Star Restaurants


On the official MICHELIN Guide website, Singapore has over 250 dining establishments that include restaurants, street stalls, and hawker stalls. Marina Bay Sands houses two of these: Waku Ghin by Tetsuya Wakuda and CUT by Wolfgang Puck.

CUT by Wolfgang Puck

One Michelin Star Restaurant

Steak and oyster served at CUT Singapore, a One Michelin Star restaurant in Singapore

True steak connoisseurs of Singapore laud the highly acclaimed, One MICHELIN Star restaurant CUT, situated in Marina Bay Sands. CUT has won numerous awards such as the TripAdvisor Best of the Best 2021 Award and the Forbes Four Star Restaurant 2015 – 2021 Award, making it one of the best steakhouses in Singapore.

Run by superstar chef Wolfgang Puck, CUT offers the finest range of beef selections grilled over charcoal and apple wood, including the Australian Angus, Wagyu from Japan/US, and true Japanese A5 Wagyu from Sendai Prefecture. Some of its must-try dishes includes the Bone Marrow Flan, the New York Sirloin, and the Rib Eye Steak

CUT is constantly reinventing its dining experience, shown in its recently expanded menu of innovative seafood dishes. The region's freshest produce are used, featuring sustainably sourced oysters from New Zealand, handpicked abalones from Jeju Island and supersized Alaskan king crabs. Dishes like the king crab leg gratin with Kaluga caviar offers a harmonious balance of flavour and texture without overpowering the natural sweetness of the king crab, a manifestation of CUT's dedication to culinary excellence. 

As one of the best seafood restaurant and steakhouse in Singapore, CUT is a MICHELIN Star restaurant not to be missed. 

CUT is located at B1-71, The Shoppes.

Waku Ghin by Tetsuya Wakuda

Two Michelin Star Restaurant

Fresh sashimi and grilled fish at Two Michelin star restaurant in Singapore, Waku Ghin

Established and run by celebrity chef Tetsuya Wakuda, the two-MICHELIN-starred Waku Ghin is one of Singapore’s favourite Japanese restaurants. Their much-loved, highly celebrated dining experience is a pleasing amalgamation of freshly sourced ingredients and Japanese culinary craftsmanship.

For a more intimate dining experience with your loved ones, you can book a private room in advance. Diners seeking an exhilarating gustatory experience can explore the exclusive 10-seater Chef’s Table, loaded with seafood, seasonal specials, and premium beef cuts. Dishes worth trying out include: Kagoshima White Pork and Vegetable GyozaWG Grilled Wagyu Beef set on Rice, and Sashimi of Octopus with Mizuna and Japanese Citrus Soya Sauce.

Savour a drink at the best wine bar in Singapore by choosing from their extensive range of handcrafted Japanese-style cocktails, meticulously sourced wines, or premium sake collections to complement your meal. 

Waku Ghin by Tetsuya Wakuda is located at L2-03, The Shoppes.