While listicles might be a term of the modern era, Michelin has held a stranglehold over a similar offering since 1904 – places you have to eat at when you travel. The idea then was for the tyre company to create a guide for motorists to drive around France in, where they could sample the best French cuisine all around the country. The more motorists drove, the more likely they would need to change their tyres.
Frankly, this was a pretty good setup that birthed the Michelin Guide. Now that we’re in 2018, and the guide is not content with only appealing to the upper echelons of fine dining, and Michelin has come up with the Bib Gourmand award, which recognises eateries with menu items that cost no more than S$45.
Honestly, in a county where you can get a bowl of noodles for $2.50, that’s actually a pretty high limit for good food in Singapore.
Truth be told, there are folks who prefer the Bib Gourmand winners over the Michelin ones. After all, the real concern here is that while Singaporean food is lauded, it’s ultimately awarded to a restaurant that is not Singaporean, much less Asian. With the Bib Gourmand though, chances are higher than the Singapore element is more accurately represented.
If you’re still interested in the full list of Michelin Bib Gourmand Singapore award winners for 2018, here they are:
- A Noodle Story
- Alliance Seafood
- Ah Er Soup (ABC Brickworks Food Centre)
- Balestier Road Hoover Rojak
- Bar-Roque Grill
- Bismillah Biryani
- Chai Chuan Tou Yang Rou Tang (Bukit Merah View Food Centre) (New)
- Chey Sua Carrot Cake
- Chuan Kee Boneless Braised Duck (Ghim Moh Market & Food Centre) (New)
- Depot Road Zhen Shan Mei Claypot Laksa
- Eminent Frog Porridge & Seafood (Geylang Road Lorong 19) (New)
- Famous Sungei Road Trishaw Laksa
- Fresh Taste Big Prawn Noodle (Zion Riverside Food Centre) (New)
- Heng (Newton Food Centre) (New)
- Hong Heng Fried Sotong Prawn Mee
- Hong Kee Beef Noodle
- Hong Kong Yummy Soup (Alexandra Village Food Centre) (New)
- Hoo Kee Bak Chang
- J2 Famous Crispy Curry Puff
- Ka-Soh (Outram Park)
- Kok Sen Restaurant
- Lao Fu Zi Fried Kway Teow (Old Airport Road Food Centre) (New)
- Lian He Ben Ji Claypot Rice (Chinatown Complex) (New)
- Liao Fan Hawker Chan (78 Smith Street)
- Man Man (Tanjong Pagar)
- Muthu’s Curry (Little India) (New)
- Na Na Homemade Curry (Bukit Merah)
- New Lucky Claypot Rice
- New Ubin Seafood (Bukit Batok)
- Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee (Hong Lim Market & Food Centre) (New)
- Rolina Traditional Hainanese Curry Puff (Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market & Food Centre) (New)
- Shi Hui Yuan (Queenstown)
- Shi Wei Da (Fengshan Market and Food Centre) (New)
- Sik Bao Sin (Desmond’s Creation) (New)
- Sin Huat Eating House
- Sin Kee Famous Cantonese Chicken Rice (Holland Drive) (New)
- Song Fa Bak Kut Teh (New Bridge Road)
- Tai Wah Pork Noodle (Hong Lim Market & Food Centre) (New)
- The Blue Ginger
- The Coconut Club (New)
- Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice (Maxwell Food Centre)
- Tiong Bahru Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice (Tiong Bahru Food Centre)
- Tiong Bahru Yi Sheng Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee (ABC Brickworks Food Centre) (New)
- Shirokane Tori-tama
- True Blue Cuisine
- Whole Earth
- Yhingthai Palace
- Zaffron Kitchen (East Coast)
- Zai Shun Curry Fish Head
Yes, you read that right. The list is now up to 50, 12 more than last year. 17 of these are new entrants and while we will hate the long lines about to form at these eateries, kudos to the folks who have toiled hard to make it. And if you want our recommendations, head for 31 and 39. They are right across from each other, at Hong Lim Market & Food Centre.
Don’t see your favourite store listed here? Lucky you. This means you wouldn’t need to deal with even more massive queues for the next year. For now.
Gerald currently straddles between his love of video games and board gaming. There’s nothing that interests him more than trying out the newest and fanciest gadget in town as well. He dreams of publishing a board game sometime in the future!