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Sun Group contributes to elevating Vietnamese cuisine to a global level

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103 restaurants were honored with 4 award categories, including 4 highly regarded Michelin-starred restaurants. The Michelin Guide has officially opened a new era for Vietnamese cuisine with the partnership of Sun Group as the destination partner.

On the evening of June 6, 2023, the inaugural edition of the MICHELIN Guide Ceremony Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City, in partnership with the destination partner - Sun Group, that all experts and Vietnamese cuisine enthusiasts have been eagerly anticipating, officially took place in the capital city Hanoi.

Restaurants honored by Michelin Guide in Vietnam
Restaurants honored by Michelin Guide in Vietnam

70 Michelin Selected restaurants, 3 individuals awarded the Michelin Guide Special Awards, 29 Bib Gourmand restaurants (good quality, good value cooking), and 4 Michelin-starred restaurants in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) have been officially announced.

This list not only marks a historic achievement for the Vietnamese culinary industry but also represents a milestone for the gastronomic tourism of the two largest cities in Vietnam.

Mr. Gwendal Poullennec - International Director of Michelin Guide
Mr. Gwendal Poullennec - International Director of Michelin Guide

“The first selection in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City highlights the differences and variety in what these two cities have to offer. Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, offers a very laid back and relaxed vibe with small shops and restaurants found mostly in the old quarter. Traditional Vietnamese cuisine with Northern flavour is prevalent in this city, with a clear presentation of natural flavour, enhanced with different types of spices and herbs for complexity. Ho Chi Minh City on the other hand, is a bustling and rapidly-growing city that offers a unique energy to all travelers and has a diverse variety of cuisine. Both modern and traditional cooking techniques are well seen, and there is also a great mix of talents and young local chefs eager to present their ideas and creations on the plate. This is just the beginning of the MICHELIN Guide’s journey in Vietnam, and our inspectors have been more than pleased to have discovered many gastronomic spots in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, and I am sure, many more in the coming years.” Mr. Gwendal Poullennec - International Director of Michelin Guide shared.

Hibana by Koki restaurant at Capella Hanoi has been awarded 1 Michelin star
Hibana by Koki restaurant at Capella Hanoi has been awarded 1 Michelin star

After Michelin Guide officially announced its arrival in Vietnam in December last year, the anonymous inspectors, known for their expertise, refined palates, and extensive knowledge of international cuisine, accelerated their journeys throughout Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) in search of hidden gems. Through anonymous visits and rigorous evaluations, the inspectors ensured that only the most exceptional and distinctive culinary experiences were recognized and deserving of inclusion in Michelin's inaugural list in Hanoi and HCMC. The announced selections captured the essence of Hanoi and HCMC's cuisine, highlighting the exceptional talent of local chefs and the diverse flavors that contribute to the unique identity of Vietnamese cuisine.

Michelin Guide recognizes the richness, diversity, and culinary excellence of Vietnam.
Michelin Guide recognizes the richness, diversity, and culinary excellence of Vietnam.

In addition to showcasing diverse street food experiences, the list also includes premium dining experiences in Vietnam where cuisine is approached in a new, innovative way, creating memorable culinary journeys for discerning diners from around the world. A significant contribution to bringing Michelin to Vietnam is the partnership with the destination partner - Sun Group.

Ms. Nguyen Vu Quynh Anh – representative of Sun Group
Ms. Nguyen Vu Quynh Anh – representative of Sun Group

Speaking at the event, Ms. Nguyen Vu Quynh Anh – representative of Sun Group shared, "From the list announced by Michelin today, the new culinary destination of the world called Vietnam will be spread to global travelers. The foundation for the new development of not only the culinary scene but also the tourism industry in Vietnam as a whole will be built from today."

Ms. Quynh Anh also affirmed, "To be able to accompany Michelin Guide in Vietnam is not an easy task, especially in the challenging context of the global economy after the pandemic. But with the ambition to elevate Vietnam's position in the world, with the dedication of a patriotic corporation, Sun Group has continuously made efforts with Michelin Guide so that today, the shining dream of Vietnamese cuisine has become a reality."

"We understand that this historical milestone has just been established, and for Vietnam to have more Michelin awards in the future, it will require a great deal of effort. However, with the presence of Michelin Guide and the efforts of chefs and professionals in the culinary industry throughout Vietnam, we believe that Vietnam will soon become a world-class culinary destination that every international traveler must visit at least once in their lifetime."

Culinary artist Anh Tuyet
Culinary artist Anh Tuyet

Recognizing Sun Group's dedication in contributing to this historical milestone, culinary artist Anh Tuyet shared, "In over 40 countries where Michelin is present, from what I know, it is mostly government agencies that engage and cooperate with the Michelin Guide. However, in Vietnam, for the first time, a private corporation has accomplished this, which is a significant contribution to the country. This demonstrates the heart and vision of Sun Group, showcasing their love for the nation and the desire to honor Vietnamese cuisine, bringing the essence of Vietnamese culinary arts to the world and elevating Vietnam's global position through this corporation."

4 restaurants awarded 1 Michelin star in Vietnam
4 restaurants awarded 1 Michelin star in Vietnam

Master chef Joël Robuchon once affirmed to Food & Wine magazine, "With one Michelin star, you develop about 20% more business. Two stars, about 40% more, and with three stars, it's about 100% more." The presence of the Michelin Guide and the star rating evaluation also helps increase the workforce in Michelin-starred restaurants by up to 80%. Statistics and expectations from dining establishments around the world have demonstrated that the Michelin Guide and the list of starred restaurants provide a boost not only to the culinary industry but also to the economy and tourism sectors of countries.

With the first-ever Michelin list announced for Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam has a solid foundation to trust in a bright picture of growth and outstanding positioning, not only in the culinary industry but also in the country's international tourism industry.

●        4 Michelin-starred restaurants

1 Michelin star (high-quality cooking that is worth a stop): Ănăn Saigon, Gia, Hibana by Koki - Capella Hanoi, Tầm Vị 

●        29 Bib Gourmand Restaurants (good quality, good value cooking)

1. 1946 Cửa Bắc                                                 

2. Bếp Mẹ Ỉn (Lê Thánh Tôn)                                              

3. Bún Chả Ta (Nguyễn Hữu Huân) 

4. Chả Cá Thăng Long 

5. Chào Bạn 

6. Chay Garden 

7. Cơm Tấm Ba Ghiền 

8. Cục Gạch Quán 

9. Dim Tu Tac (Đông Du) 

10. Don Duck Ock Quarter

11. Habakuk 

12. Hồng Phát (District 3) 

13. Hum Garden 

14. Phở 10 Lý Quốc Sư 

15. Phở Bò Ấu Triệu 

16. Phở Chào 

17. Phở Gà Nguyệt 

18. Phở Gia Truyền 

19. Phở Hòa Pasteur 

20. Phở Hoàng 

21. Phở Hương Bình 

22. Phở Lệ (District 5) 

23. Phở Miến Gà Kỳ Đồng 

24. Phở Minh 

25. Phở Phượng 

26. The East 

27. Tuyết Bún Chả 34 

28. Xôi Bát 

29. Xới Cơm 

●        70 Michelin Selected

1. 3G Trois Gourmands                                               

2. A Bản Mountain Dew                                             

3. A by T.U.N.G                                                                                                                  4. Akira Back                                                                

5. An’s Saigon

6. Azabu

7. Bà Cô Lốc Cốc

8. Backstage 

9. Bánh Cuốn Bà Xuân

10. Bếp nhà xứ Quảng 

11. Bếp Prime

12. Bờm

13. Bún Chả Đắc Kim

14. Bún Chả Hương Liên

15. Bún Thịt Nướng Hoàng Văn

16. Cau Go

17. Chả Cá Anh Vũ

18. Chapter

19. Cổ Đàm

20. Cô Liêng

21. Coco Dining

22. Da Vittorio

23. Đông Phở

24. Ốc Đào

25. Phở Hùng 

26. Phở Tiến 

27. Phở Việt Nam (District 1) 

28. Quán Ăn Ngon 

29. Quince Eatery 

30. Rice Field 

31. Sente (Nguyen Quang Bich Street) 

32. Sol Kitchen & Bar

33. Square One 

34. Stoker (District 1) 

35. T.U.N.G Dining 

36. Tanh Tách 

37. The Monkey Gallery Dining 

38. The Royal Pavillion 

39. Tre Dining 

40. Truffle 

41. Vietnam House 

42. Duong’s 

43. El Gaucho 

44. Octo

45. Okra FoodBar

46. Olivia 

47. Phở Gà Cham (Yen Ninh Street)

48. Khói 

49. La Badiane 

50. La Villa 

51. Labri 

52. Lai 

53. Le Gout de Gia 

54. Lừa 

55. Madame Lam 

56. Nén Light 

57. Ngon Garden 

58. Elgin 

59. Esta 

60. Etesia 

61. Fashionista Cafe 

62. French Grill 

63. Hemisphere Steak and 64. Seafood Grill 

65. Herve Dining Room 

66. Highway4 (Hang Tre Street) 

67. Hoa Tuc 

68. Izakaya by Koki 

69. Ốc Di Tú 

70. Ốc Vi Saigon

●        Nhà hàng Michelin Guide Special Awards

-          Sommelier Award: Mr. Yu Yamamoto - Lửa

-          Service Award: Chef Nguyen Thi Nu - Vietnam House 

-          Young Chef Award: Chef Sam Tran - Gia 



By Thu Hang