2012 Michelin Guide to HK & Maceau
The new guide is out with a few changes at the top. I recognize it is a much derided publication but that said it is quite useful as a guide especially at the "bib" level and has some pointers to god food.
Two new 3 stars plus a 3 to 2 move: Otto e Mezzo and Joel Robuchon (HK) go up, and Sun Tun Lok drops to 2.
New 2 stars are: Bo Innovation, Lei Garden (Ming kok)', Shang Palace, Spoon, and Ye Shanghai (Kowloon). Cuisine Cuisine, T'ang Court and Tim's Kitchen drop to one.
At the one star level, Ah Yat Harbour View, Cuisine cuisine (IFC), Lei Garden (CB), Mirror, Tin Lung Heen, Yue are new to the guide, whilst Lei gardens (elements), Man Wah, St George, The Chairman, Xin Dau Jim (Jordan) all make it to one star from non-rated but listed in last years guide.
Demotions from one star: Cafe Gray, DTF (CB), Farm House, Kung Lum, Golden Leaf, Kins Kitchen, Lei Bisto, Regal Palace, Yung Kee (Central).
And there are approx 27 new bibs Bibs but as the guide doesn't list any demotions this year I can't tell which ones have dropped off - and I can't be bothered to cross check however the numbers are up to 56 from approx 46 last year.
I have eaten at Yung Kee since 1998 both on the ground floor and upstairs. It's standard has dropped a lot since 2009. The waiting staff are no longer helpful to those who don't speak Cantonese. The plate of thinly sliced goose is no longer on the menu. That said, the roast goose in chunks and the century egg are still great but there are many other places which are just a good with better service.
Obviously the inspectors of Michelin haven't experienced the 'true calibre' of Yung Kee's kitchen by eating at the lower floors!! Ha!! May be they should consult chowhounders to get the inside scoop?!
L'Atelier Robuchon a 3*??!! whilst a 'more meticulous and better service' Tokyo' L'Atelier only a 2*??!! Interesting!
About time Man Wah get a star but Lei Garden Mong Kok a 2*??! Guess I have to give the latter a bigger scrutiny the next time I eat there!
re: Charles Yu
I've been to Yung Kee twice. Both times were pretty bad. I pretty much won't go back. I don't recall sitting on the fourth floor but I abhor inconsistency where people on the first floor get crap food while people on the top floor are attended to better. I can understand difference based on location but within the same building?? pass.
I prefer amber to caprice. I went to Tim's Kitchen once. Not really a big fan of that place. I agree with Man Wah, that place is a go to place for me. And I would give Lei Garden a "bib" at best ...
Yay Mirror!!! love that place!
Here is the list:
L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon
Lung King Heen
8-1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana
Robuchon a Galera (Macau)
Lei Garden (Mong Kok)
Spoon by Alain Ducasse
Sun Tung Lok
Ye Shanghai (Kowloon)
The Eight (Macau)
Wing Lei (Macau)
Zi Yat Heen (Macau)
New One Stars:
Ah Yat Harbour View
Cuisine Cuisine (IFC)
Lei Garden (Causeway Bay)
Lei Garden (Elements)
Tin Lung Heen
Xin Dau Ji (Jordan)
Golden Flower (Macau)