First 20 new Michelin Stars Chefs in Taipei

A total of 110 restaurants made it into the Red Guide, spanning 33 cuisine types, including 20 restaurants awarded one or more stars

The highly-anticipated list of the first selection of the Michelin Guide Taipei in which restaurants awarded with Michelin stars was announced in Taipei Wednesday, as a total of 110 restaurants made it into the Red Guide, spanning 33 cuisine types, including 20 restaurants awarded one or more stars.

Michael Ellis, International Director of the MICHELIN Guides, comments: “Taipei is a city that has incredibly rich gastronomic history and the variety of cuisines available is amazing. Taipei has also given birth to a truly dynamic and innovative dining scene – much to the delight of a local clientele that is ever more curious to discover new flavors and different experiences.”

Cantonese restaurant Le Palais is the only restaurant to be bestowed with the prestigious three-stars accolade in the inaugural Michelin Guide Taipei 2018. The two restaurants that received two stars each are Japanese contemporary RyuGin and Chinese cuisine restaurant The Guest House.

The 17 other one-star restaurants are: Da-Wan, Danny’s Steakhouse, Golden Formosa, Ken An Ho, Kitcho, L’ATELIER de Joël Robuchon, La Cocotte by Fabien Verge, Longtail, Ming Fu, MUME, Shushi Nomura, Shushi Ryu, TaÏrroir, Three Coins, Tien Hsiang Lo, and Ya Ge.

Michelin — the French tire company that also publishes international dining guides — announced its starred selections for Taipei, the latest city to get the Michelin treatment as the guide expands into Asia. The first-ever Michelin guide to Taipei includes 20 starred restaurants, including one establishment with three stars, Michelin’s highest honor.

Le Palais is the first restaurant in the city with three stars. Michelin inspectors were impressed by the Cantonese restaurant’s “fine, delicate Cantonese dishes,” according to a press release. Michelin awarded two Taipei restaurants two stars, including My Guest House, which serves Hunan and Sichuan food, and Japanese restaurant Ryu Gin (which is also an essential Taipei restaurant).

Seventeen Taipei restaurants received one star, including consistent Michelin favorite L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, which has three stars in Hong Kong, two stars in Paris, two stars in Singapore, and one star in London. The complete list of one-starred restaurants includes cuisines “ranging from European contemporary, Japanese, barbecue to Hangzhou,” as Michelin notes in its press release, perhaps in response to criticisms that the guides have historically favored European and Japanese cuisines.

Taipei’s world-famous night market culture wasn’t recognized in any of the starred selections. Instead, Michelin recognized 10 street food stalls in its Bib Gourmand list, reserved for dining at a lower price point.

Michelin Guide Taipei 2018 Press Release by Monica Burton on Scribd