The one Michelin star distinction represents high quality cooking worth a stop. The establishment is said to use quality ingredients and serve carefully prepared dishes with distinct flavours.

Dewakan champions Malaysia’s ingredients through clever creations dreamt up by chef Darren Teoh. Located at Sky Views, Naza Tower, the seven-year-old restaurant was also selected as Best Restaurant in Malaysia at Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022.

Over at Taman Tun Dr Ismail, DC Restaurant by Darren Chin was also lauded with one Michelin star. The restaurant serves classic French cuisine with Japanese influences under the watchful eye of Le Cordon Bleu trained Chin. He also owns Bref and Gai, also located at Taman Tun Dr Ismail.

Helmed by Kim Hock Su, Restaurant Au Jardin in Penang serves modern European cuisine with local touches in an intimate 18-seater restaurant located in a converted warehouse at Hin Bus Depot.

In Penang, Auntie Gaik Lean’s Old School Eatery is popular for its Nyonya cuisine. When picking up their award, the owner thanked her mentor Datuk Lim Bian Yam and said, “Life is great at 69”.

The selection criterion for the Michelin Guide is a global standard where anonymous Michelin employed inspectors review the establishments based on the same five criteria used worldwide. This includes the quality of the ingredients, mastery of cooking techniques, the harmony of the flavours, expression of the chef’s personality in the cuisine and consistency, both over time and across the entire menu.

Location, decor, service and available facilities are not part of the selection criteria.

During the Michelin Guide inspection, they also kept an eye out for service professionals that are given the Michelin Special Awards.

This includes the Service Award to Leanne Lim from Dewakan while the Sommelier Award was awarded to Mahammad Hafiz bin Abdullah from DC Restaurant

Honouring the upcoming talents, they have also given the Young Chef Award to Lim Yan You from Restaurant Au Jardin. The 35-year-old started 10 years ago in the kitchen.

In addition, the Michelin Guide has revealed a list of 61 Selected Restaurants. For the Selected Restaurants, this fairly new recognition replaced the previously Michelin Plate distinction.

For those who are selected, this means the establishments have met criteria set by the Michelin inspectors, but they don’t qualify for the Bib Gourmand or a Michelin star. In the future, these Selected Restaurants can be upgraded to a Bib Gourmand or Michelin star.

Michelin Selected Restaurants — Kuala Lumpur

Akar Dining



Bref by Darren Chin




Eat and Cook

Elegant Inn






La Suisse

Li Yen


Marble 8


Open House

Passage Thru India



Skillet at 163


Sri Nirwana Maju

Sushi Kazu

Sushi Ori

Sushi Taka

Tamarind Hill

The Brasserie



Yun House

Michelin Selected Restaurants — Penang

Air Itam Sister Curry Mee

Ali Nasi Lemak Daun Pisang

Bali Hai Seafood Market

Bao Teck Tea House

Bee See Heong

Bibik’s Kitchen

Bite N Eat Dindigul Biryani

BM Yam Rice

Chao Xuan


Fatty Loh Chicken Rice

Ferringgi Grill

Flower Milan


Goh Thew Chik Hainan Chicken Rice

Il Bacaro

Jawi House

Kebaya Dining Room

Kota Dine & Coffee

La Vie

Lao Sang Tong Bak Kut Teh

Misai Mee Jawa (Butterworth)

Pitt Street Koay Teow Soup

The Pinn

Tok Tok Mee Bamboo Noodle

WhatSaeb Boat Noodles


As published: Malay Mail