Jin Sha at Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake Wins One Michelin Star in First-Ever Hangzhou Michelin Guide

May 30, 2023,
Hangzhou at West Lake, China

Jin Sha at Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake has been awarded one Michelin star by the first-ever edition of the Hangzhou Michelin Guide. Released in Hangzhou on May 30, 2023, the authoritative dining guide recognized Jin Sha for its “Zhejiang neo-classics with modern twists,” crafted with fine seasonal ingredients procured from across China.

Jin Sha is helmed by the acclaimed Chef Wang Yong, whose vision, passion and craftsmanship have made it the premier Chinese restaurant in Hangzhou. Marrying traditional Zhejiang flavours with modernist flair, Chef Wang takes guests on an avant-garde epicurean journey. Along with a commitment to fresh, locally sourced ingredients, he also favours innovative cooking techniques such as deconstruction and recomposition.

“Jin Sha has always been dedicated to offering a creative and sophisticated interpretation of Chinese cuisine. We are honoured to be recognized by the Michelin Guide for our achievements in showcasing the best of Chinese flavours in such a distinctive and elegant setting,” says Chef Wang.

Indeed, the exquisite cuisine at Jin Sha is complemented by its magnificent surroundings. The refined, classically-inspired interiors overlook scenic lakeside vistas and Bill Bensley-designed gardens, creating an effortless harmony between human and nature.

“We are thrilled that Jin Sha has received Michelin recognition. This accolade is a testament to the team’s pursuit of culinary excellence while staying committed to delivering personalized service and attention to each of our guests,” says Michael Branham, General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake.

Each of the 11 private dining rooms at Jin Sha offer water views, along with outdoor terraces. An exceptional beverage selection is also on offer, including fine teas, premium wines and Huangjiu (Chinese yellow wine).

About Chef Wang Yong

Chef Wang Yong draws on more than three decades of experience to interpret traditional Chinese cuisine in his own distinctive way. His mastery of local cuisines, his passion for high-quality ingredients from across China, and his commitment to innovative cooking methods come together to create an unforgettable experience for diners at Jin Sha. His meticulously crafted creations reflect a myriad of inspirations, ranging from culture and tradition to lifestyle and trends.

About Jin Sha

Set within a stunning Bill Bensley-designed garden, Jin Sha at Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake serves contemporary Zhejiang fare by the renowned Chef Wang Yong. Recognized as the only Black Pearl Three-Diamond restaurant in town for six consecutive years, Jin Sha is famed for its culinary innovation and exemplary Four Seasons service. It is ranked #59 on the 51-100 list by Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2023. The elegant, classically interiors of Jin Sha are a masterpiece by SPIN Design Studio of Tokyo, known for designing several acclaimed restaurants, including Caprice (3 Michelin stars) at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong.

About Michelin Guide

First published in 1900 in France, the Michelin Guide is widely regarded as an industry benchmark and the highest recognition for restaurants and chefs around the world. This year, the Michelin Guide was officially released in Hangzhou for the first time. Hangzhou is the fifth city in mainland China to be included in the guide, following Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Chengdu.