Tokyo retains gourmet crown in global Michelin rankings


A restaurant featuring ramen noodles took its place among the more exalted gourmet restaurants as Tokyo kept its crown as the Michelin guide’s dining capital of the world for the ninth straight year on Tuesday.

The guide also widened its listing of foods in the Bib Gourmand section that emphasizes cheaper restaurants to include Japanese-style curry and gyoza, the Japanese version of Chinese potsticker dumplings.

“The number of restaurants in Tokyo is just huge, and the breadth of the offerings very wide, making it an extremely appealing city for fine dining,” said Michael Ellis, international director of the Michelin guides, in a statement.

Thirteen restaurants gained the coveted three-star rating, one more than last year, with the promotion of Kohaku — a Japanese restaurant featuring elaborate kaiseki courses of elegant traditional dishes — to three stars from two.

In a world first, Tsuta, a restaurant featuring ramen noodles was awarded a single star.

As many as 217 restaurants gained stars, down from 267 last year but still the most for any world capital city, a Michelin spokeswoman said.

The first Michelin restaurant guide, aimed at drivers in the early days of motoring, was published by the tire company in 1900, with the star rating system introduced in the 1920s. Tokyo was the first Asian city to have a guide devoted to it.

Following is a list of the 13 top-rated Tokyo restaurants, according to the 2016 Michelin guide that goes on sale on Friday.

1. Ishikawa
2. Esaki
3. Kanda
4. Quintessence
5. Kohaku
6. Saito
7. Joel Robuchon
8. Sukiyabashi Jiro Honten
9. Makimura
10. Yamadaya
11. Yukimura
12. Yoshitake
13. Ryugin

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    It doesn’t matter how many Michelin starred restaurants Japan has got, the fact is that the Japanese can’t tell when they have been given frozen OJ, ‘sparkling wine’ instead of Champagne, and Aussie beef instead of ‘brand’ wagyu, and the mislabeling scandal of 2012/2013 showed!