Tokyo Michelin

Everywhere in the world knows that Tokyo made a record of Michelin stars but here in Japan is not so “big news”, people doesn’t really know what the Michelin Guide is. Furthermore, it is not surprising for them, they already “know” their food is the best.

I just watched a TV show where they were talking about the Michelin Guide and explained what it is to the Japanese audience. After the explanation they started criticizing; they said that the Michelin inspectors only visited 1.500 places and in Tokyo area there are around 200.000~300.000 restaurants. That’s a lot compared with the 20.000~30.000 restaurants located in New York or Paris. The TV show guys talked about how many stars would Tokyo have if they would visit more restaurants. Now Tokyo has more stars than New York and Paris together! Some other comments on newspapers also talk about “foreigners/gaikokujin” having a different taste, even saying that no one can appreciate better the food’s taste and quality than Japanese.

Japanese are “gourmets”, they love eating, and talking about food and restaurants. And it’s true, in Tokyo I’ve eaten some of the best food in my life, (irony mode)even though I don’t have a Japanese tongue to fully appreciate food’s taste(/irony mode). Here are some food pictures I took in Tokyo’s restaurants:

Restaurante Ebisu
This restaurant has 3 Michelin starts. It’s also one of the most expensive restaurants in Tokyo. I’ve never been inside, just took the picture 🙂

Restaurante Ebisu

Restaurante Ebisu

Restaurante Ebisu

Restaurante Ebisu

Restaurante Ebisu

Restaurante Ebisu

If you are interested, I recommend this excellent article written by and expert.

And if you like rankings and you are traveling to Tokyo: here there is the list with 3 stars restaurants, 2 stars, and 1 star with maps and telephone numbers.

  • Brad

    December 3, 2007 at 5:07 am

    Yeah but most “restaurants” here are 5m x 5m boxes run by small families. Sure it doesn’t make them any less restaurants but probably easy to understand why they were missed.

    I just wish there were more smoke free places around!

  • Marie

    December 3, 2007 at 10:02 am

    I agree Japan has some of the best restaurants around. The variety is also excellent. Tokyo restaurants are also known for their impeccable service. I’m pretty sure Tokyo deserves more stars than New York or Paris. Although, the best food I’ve had in Japan has always been home cooked.

  • Locksley

    December 3, 2007 at 6:24 pm

    I love Japanese food but I am yet to actually try it in Japan! My guess is it can only surpass what I already know as ‘Japanese’ food. I have been to Japanese restaurants here in the UK and some in Hong Kong. 2008 hopefully I will check out real Japanese cuisine actually in Japan! If they are not too expensive maybe I’ll check out those Michelin starred ones too.

  • kirai

    December 3, 2007 at 6:55 pm

    the ones with 1 star are not that expensive. But the ones with 3 starts are VERY expensive.

  • Karisu

    December 4, 2007 at 8:50 am

    “Japanese tongue”? Oh please…