Courtesy of Sazenka
Is it Paris? San Francisco? New York? Nope. According to the 2018 Michelin Guide, Tokyo has the most starred restaurants—by far.
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For most of the last decade, Tokyo has held the record for the city with the most Michelin-starred restaurants, handily beating out other foodie favorites—like runner-up Paris. But Michelin recently unveiled its 2018 Tokyo guidebook, bringing the Japanese capital’s total starred restaurants up from 227 to 234 and reaffirming its status as the food capital of the world.
The Michelin Guide Tokyo 2018 lists 166 restaurants at one star (“worth a stop”), 56 at two stars (“worth a detour”), and 12 at three stars (“worth a special journey”). This year’s selections feature a wide range of cuisines, including sushi, French, Italian, tempura, izakaya, and ramen eateries.
Although there are no new three-starred restaurants on the list this year, all 12 of Tokyo’s highly esteemed restaurants maintained their distinctions, including the world-famous sushi spot, Sukiyabashi Jiro Honten, and the French fine-dining staple, Joël Robuchon.
Of the 56 Tokyo restaurants awarded two Michelin stars in the 2018 guide, five are newcomers. Among them are Sazenka, a restaurant offering Chinese cuisine with a Japanese twist, and Hommage, where owner and chef Noboru Arai prepares ingredients from around the world using French techniques.
Of the 166 spots awarded one Michelin-star, 23 are fresh on the list.
“The Michelin guide reflects the great ability and skills found in Tokyo,” Michael Ellis, international director in charge of the Michelin guides, said in a statement. “The rich variety of our selection is a testament to the gastronomic strength of Tokyo, a city where even ramen restaurants have stars.”
Find the full list of Tokyo’s Michelin-starred restaurants here.
This article originally appeared online in December 2017; it has been updated to include current information.
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