Restaurant reference bible MICHELIN has been busy as of late; not only has the guidebook publisher forged into previously unexplored territory by unveiling its first-ever star ratings for the nation of Singapore, but it’s also released an updated version of its U.S. restaurant app.
Off the guide’s 200 listed eateries spanning over 35 categories of cuisine and establishments, 29 Singapore restaurants were awarded stars, while 34 establishments earned the Bib Gourmand (a less-exclusive, but still laudable distinction that recognizes more moderately-priced restaurants). Even more notable than this is that stars were earned by two of Singapore’s most famous street food hawkers. Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle and Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle received one star each. That’s right: less than $4.00 USD can now score you a Michelin-starred meal, making Singapore the official home of the world’s cheapest Michelin-awarded meals.
The Singapore guidebook release came on the heels of another significant development from Michelin: an updated version of the Michelin Restaurants U.S. app.
The revised app offers free mobile access to visitors and locals picking their way through the culinary gold mine of America’s greatest food cities, making available all the selections of the Michelin Guides for New York City, San Francisco, Chicago and soon Washington, D.C. Available on iOS, the app organizes selections by star-rating, price range, and neighborhood, and features photos and additional details like hours of operation, directions, and contact information.
“The Michelin Restaurants U.S. app is a go-to mobile resource for diners, a trusted tool to explore each city’s rich culinary diversity, while discovering amazing hidden gems that our famously anonymous restaurant inspectors have carefully and methodically selected,” said Claire Dorland-Clauzel, vice president, brand and external relations for Michelin Group.
In the future customers will also have access to special offers for unique dining experiences, as well as a reservation service through dedicated concierge support facilitated by Source, which specializes in servicing high-end lifestyle clients.
About the MICHELIN Guide
The MICHELIN Guide selects the best restaurants and hotels in the 28 countries it covers. Providing a showcase of gourmet dining around the world, it highlights the culinary dynamism of a country, as well as new trends and emerging young chefs. Creating value for restaurants through the distinctions that it attributes each year, the MICHELIN Guide contributes to the prestige of local gastronomy, thereby making cities and countries more attractive to tourists. Backed by its rigorous selection method and longstanding knowledge of the hospitality industry, the MICHELIN Guide provides customers with unique expertise that enables it to offer them a true quality service.
Source is a new and innovative digital concierge app that allows users to request elite services and products from select high-end merchants. Source’s exclusive member merchants are targeted for people who enjoy luxury, quality and customized products and services. Clients have direct and exclusive messaging contact with Source’s exclusive merchants, who are dedicated to first-class customer service.