Like travel and hospitality, the dining industry has been through a challenging time during the Covid-19 pandemic.
To celebrate "the courage and creativity of the restaurant industry", Michelin in its latest Hong Kong Macau 2021 guide recognises 10 newly starred restaurants with new Stars, plus a brand-new Green Star distinction for sustainable gastronomy.
The 13th edition of the guide was announced 27 January in a digital ceremony, with a total of 277 eateries and 54 lodging establishments across the two destinations crowned.
Among these 10 newly starred establishments, two have received two-stars, and eight have received one-star. The former two Hong Kong restaurants are French-Chinese establishment, Tate; and L’Envol at the St Regis Hong Kong, helmed by French chef Olivier Elzer.
With these new ranks, Hong Kong now has a total of 12 two-star restaurants, while Macau has six in the same category. Hong Kong's seven restaurants and Macau's three restaurants continue to retain their three-star ratings.
The Michelin Green Star, which was launched in France in January 2020, the distinction highlights "role-model restaurants that outstandingly embody and embrace sustainability in their day-to-day operations, such as efforts in food waste reduction, recycling, the promotion of local and ethical ingredient sourcing, or many other virtuous and inspiring initiatives" according to the official Michelin site.
Winners in this new category include Roganic in Hong Kong, which sources local poultry and grows their own herbs and microgreens in-house, as well as Macau's IFT Educational Restaurant, a training unit which also operates a solar energy system, has a paperless policy and infrared sensor-driven electrical appliances in place.
In a nod to the street food culture of both cities, the 2021 Plate distinction was given to 31 street food addresses and 90 restaurants.
And for venues that offer three courses without crossing HKD$400 (US$51.60) or MOP$400, the Bib Gourmand selection honours these establishments — with the 2021 edition adding seven new names from Hong Kong.