Michelin has launched the first edition of its famous restaurant guide on the Chinese mainland: the Michelin Guide Shanghai 2017. Many top-tier restaurants received one or two stars, including a Cantonese establishment with just six tables.
Shanghai is the latest Asian city to feature in the guide following the launch of Hong Kong, Taipei and Singapore editions. The guide awarded two stars to seven restaurants with a variety of Chinese cuisines. Michelin gave two stars to another 18 restaurants. According to the Shanghai Daily, T’ang Court restaurant in Xintiandi was awarded three Michelin stars for its “exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey”.
Overall, the guide ranks Cantonese restaurants highly, with - according to some - few Shanghainese restaurants receiving stars. Local food connoisseurs immediately questioned the star ranking and implying that Michelin's inspectors seem to ignore local flavours.
Michelin has pointed out that the criteria applied by its inspectors include the quality of ingredients, the chef’s personality as revealed through cuisine, the preparation and combination of flavours, value for money and the ability to produce excellent cooking with consistency over time and across the entire menu.
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