For Fine Dining, Tokyo Reigns Supreme

Michelin guide heaps stars on Japanese capital's restaurants

By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 20, 2007 10:25 AM CST

(Newser) – Paris has lost its crown as the world's leader in haute cuisine, reports the Telegraph, as the new Michelin guide to Tokyo showered the city's restaurants with acclaim. The first edition of the culinary bible awarded no fewer than 191 stars to 150 restaurants in the Japanese capital—nearly double Paris' 97 stars and triple New York's 54.

Michelin's undercover gastronomes, both Japanese and European, visited 1,500 restaurants in Tokyo in researching the new guide, which awarded eight restaurants the highest rating of three stars. In Paris, the food critic for Le Figaro welcomed the newcomer: "I don't take it as a slap in the face for French cuisine. Au contraire. At last we are not alone in the world!"

Tokyo has been awarded a record number of stars in the first edition of Michelin's new guidebook.
Tokyo has been awarded a record number of stars in the first edition of Michelin's new guidebook.   ((c) LuxTonnerre)
Jean-Luc Naret, director of the Michelin Guides, speaks as he holds the newly issued Michelin Guides Tokyo during a  press event in Tokyo Monday, Nov. 19, 2007. The French bible of gastronomy announced its guide to Tokyo's restaurants on Monday, the first edition of its famed guidebook outside Europe and...
Jean-Luc Naret, director of the Michelin Guides, speaks as he holds the newly issued Michelin Guides Tokyo during a press event in Tokyo Monday, Nov. 19, 2007. The French bible of gastronomy announced...   (Associated Press)
Tokyo has been awarded a record number of stars in the first edition of Michelin's new guidebook.
Tokyo has been awarded a record number of stars in the first edition of Michelin's new guidebook.   ((c) LuxTonnerre)
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