31 Jul '16, 3am

Starry starry blight: The Michelin effect

Phones ringing off the hook. E-mail inboxes jammed. People making reservations for Christmas Day. New tables quickly added to squeeze more diners in. It is just 10 days after the first Singapore Michelin Guide doled out its stars, but the effects are reverberating across the restaurant industry. Alas, many of them are negative – for the diner at least. Longer waits and limits on the number of diners for each table, for example. Michelin star? More like Michelin curse. But one good thing has come out of this. Riding on the Michelin high, some starred restaurants are rolling out special menus for diners. Some are also getting their sister restaurants to carry classics so that the spillover crowds can also enjoy those dishes. So far, the waiting time to get a table at the hot restaurants are still generally decent, nothing near the 11 months’ notice for three-Michelin-starred...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/food/starry-starry-...

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