Tokyo is top Michelin city

Tokyo steals Paris's crown as most Michelin-starred city

THE FRENCH WERE forced to eat humble pie yesterday as Tokyo beat Paris as the city with the most Michelin stars.

From local sushi houses to formal Japanese banquets, the city’s top food hotspots scooped a total of 191 stars, almost double Paris’s 97, and triple New York’s 54.

Every restaurant in the new Tokyo Michelin Guide – the first published outside of Europe and the United States – has at least one star.

‘The more restaurants we visited, the more stars we needed to allocate,’ said Jean-Luc Naret, the global director of Michelin guides.

With 160,000 restaurants across the city, Michelin’s mission to uncover the best establishments involved five undercover inspectors – three European and two Japanese – visiting more than 1,500 eateries over 18 months.

Of the eight three-star restaurants, five serve Japanese cuisine and three French, while a further 27 received two stars and 117 one star in the guide, which is published in English and Japanese.

Japan has a well-known tradition for culinary excellence and recognition for this is welcome and overdue, according to Shuzo Kishida, the chef at three-star holder Quintessence.

‘Westerners in the past have not really seemed to be that interested in Japanese cuisine in the same way as in Europe,’ he said at last night’s Tokyo launch party. ‘It is not only an honour to be included in the book, it is good that food in Japan is finally being recognised around the world.’

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