DO YOU RE­FER TO THE MICHELIN GUIDE?

The Peak team weigh in on the rel­e­vance of the famed culi­nary bi­ble.

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ThePeak team weigh in on the rel­e­vance of the famed culi­nary bi­ble.

YES

YES, BE­CAUSE IT’S IN­TER­EST­ING TO SEE AN­OTHER PER­SPEC­TIVE ON A COUN­TRY’S CULI­NARY SCENE AND COM­PARE IT WITH OTH­ERS, SUCH AS OUR G RESTAU­RANT AWARDS. WHILE THERE ARE DIS­AGREE­MENTS OVER ITS AC­CU­RACY, IT’S UN­DE­NI­ABLE HOW PER­VA­SIVE IT IS AS A YARD­STICK FOR CULI­NARY EX­CEL­LENCE. STILL, THERE ARE NU­MER­OUS IN­TER­NA­TIONAL GUIDES OUT THERE – NO­TABLY, THE WORLD’S 50 BEST ( WHICH ALSO SHARE SIM­I­LAR PER­SPEC­TIVES ON RESTAU­RANTS). I WOULDN’T RELY SOLELY ON THE MICHELIN GUIDE FOR SURE. UL­TI­MATELY, MY BEST SOURCES FOR REC­OM­MEN­DA­TIONS ARE LO­CALS AND F& B PRO­FES­SION­ALS. –JT

NO

NO. WHAT I WANT FROM MY DIN­ING EX­PE­RI­ENCE IS DIF­FER­ENT FROM WHAT THE IN­SPEC­TORS EVAL­U­ATE. GOOD FOOD, YES, BUT ALSO SCIN­TIL­LAT­ING CON­VER­SA­TION AND CA­MA­RADERIE. I’VE BEEN TO MULTI- STARRED MICHELIN RESTAU­RANTS THAT ARE STUFFY AND SE­RI­OUS, WHERE YOU’RE MORE OBLIGED TO AD­MIRE THE FOOD THAN HAVE FUN WITH YOUR DIN­ING COM­PAN­IONS. – JC

NO. THE GUIDE HAS DIS­AP­POINTED ME ON A FEW OC­CA­SIONS. GE­O­GRAPH­I­CAL IN­CON­SIS­TEN­CIES ACROSS IN­TER­NA­TIONAL EDI­TIONS OF THE GUIDE MEAN THAT A TWO- MICHELIN- STAR ES­TAB­LISH­MENT IN HONG KONG VARIES VASTLY IN QUAL­ITY FROM A RESTAU­RANT IN FRANCE THAT HAS BEEN AWARDED THE SAME. IN MY EX­PE­RI­ENCE, REC­OM­MEN­DA­TIONS FROM CHEFS OR OTHER IN­DUS­TRY FOLK HAVE LED ME TO SOME OF MY MOST SAT­IS­FY­ING MEALS. – DK

Not yet. Un­til the di­ver­sity of Michelin in­spec­tors mir­rors the breadth of cuisines and cul­tures un­der the lens each year, the scales are al­ways go­ing to be tipped to­wards what is fa­mil­iar, rather than what is fan­tas­tic. – XJ

I DON’T, BE­CAUSE I’M NOT ONE OF THOSE AVOWED FOOD­IES WHOSE GOAL IN LIFE IS TO TICK OFF EV­ERY ES­TAB­LISH­MENT ON THE “WORLD’S BEST RESTAU­RANT” LISTS. THAT SAID, I’M NOT IM­PER­VI­OUS TO THE MICHELIN BRAND NAME, AND IF I’VE AL­READY DE­CIDED TO VISIT A NEW RESTAU­RANT, FIND­ING OUT THAT IT HAS A MICHELIN STAR OR THREE WOULD DEF­I­NITELY HEIGHTEN MY EX­PEC­TA­TIONS AND AN­TIC­I­PA­TION. – LK

LYNETTE KOH Watches & Fash­ion Edi­tor

LIAO XIANGJUN Fea­tures Writer

JAS­MINE TAY Writer

JENNIFER CHEN Edi­tor

DENISE KOK Fea­tures Edi­tor

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