26 restau­rants get Miche­lin stars

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By WANG ZHENGHUA in Shang­hai wangzhenghua@chi­nadaily. com.cn

Restau­rants in Shang­hai that have just been added to the fa­mous Miche­lin guide have aroused great in­ter­est from din­ers, along with doubts from ne­ti­zens that a Western com­pany could fairly rate di­ver­si­fied Chi­nese food.

Amid great an­tic­i­pa­tion and spec­u­la­tion, French tire man­u­fac­turer Miche­lin launched its first restau­rant guide on the Chi­nese main­land, The Miche­lin Guide Shang­hai 2017, on Wed­nes­day, giv­ing 26 restau­rants in Shang­hai from one to three stars.

“Miche­lin has de­vel­oped the mythol­ogy for more than 100 years, and it is trusted by peo­ple all over the world,” said Claire Dor­land Clauzel, vi­cepres­i­dent of Miche­lin In­ter­na­tional. “To­day, the Miche­lin guide is re­ally the unique guide in the world.”

The 224- page guide, priced at 168 yuan ($25), was re­leased in both Chi­nese and English. By Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, it had sold more than 2,000 copies on Tmall.

Among the 26 restau­rants that earned stars, 19 are Chi­nese restau­rants. The oth­ers serve Ital­ian or French cui­sine as well as in­no­va­tive, veg­e­tar­ian or bar­be­cued foods.

T’ang Court, which serves Can­tonese food at The Lang­ham ho­tel in the Xin­tiandi area, is the only one awarded three stars in the Shang­hai guide, mean­ing it serves “ex­cep­tional cui­sine” and is “worth a spe­cial jour­ney”.

Tan Shiye, chef of T’ang Court, de­scribed his re­ac­tion as “over­whelmed ” af­ter re­ceiv­ing the “un­ex­pected” award at Wed­nes­day’s re­lease cer­e­mony. The cook from Guang­dong prov­ince said that keep­ing the orig­i­nal fla­vor of the in­gre­di­ents is what helps his restau­rant stand out.

On the food rat­ing web­site Dian­ping.com, users showed great fer­vor to­ward the newly starred es­tab­lish­ments. T’ang Court, where the av­er­age bill is 539 yuan ($80), re­ceived hun­dreds of com­ments on the web­site in the hours af­ter its three-star award was an­nounced.

JOHANNES EISELE / AFP

Mas­ter chef Jie Ming Jian cooks on Wed­nes­day at Can­ton 8 restau­rant, which re­ceived two Miche­lin stars.

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