Tokyo keeps crown as Michelin's most gourmet capital for seventh year

TOKYO Tue Dec 3, 2013 5:17pm IST

Businessmen have dinner at a sushi restaurant in Tokyo October 1, 2013. REUTERS/Yuya Shino/Files

Businessmen have dinner at a sushi restaurant in Tokyo October 1, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Yuya Shino/Files

TOKYO (Reuters) - A basement sushi restaurant whose octogenarian chef features in a documentary and an eatery serving potentially poisonous blowfish gained three-star ratings in the Michelin guide to Tokyo launched on Tuesday, Michelin said.

The city held onto its crown as the Michelin guide's gourmet capital, with the most starred restaurants for the seventh straight year, a status likely to lure still more of the Asian tourists who say Japan's tasty treats are a key attraction.

Tokyo also gained the distinction for the most restaurants with the coveted three-star rating, the guidebook's top honour, although the number dipped to 13 from 14 last year.

But 21 restaurants gained stars for the first time and the total climbed to 281 from 242 in 2012, ranging from restaurants featuring broiled eel to Korean grilled meat and European fine-dining establishments.

"Tokyo proves how dynamic is Japanese gastronomy today," said Michael Ellis, international director of the Michelin guides, in a statement.

Among the restaurants gaining the three-star accolade was "Sukiyabashi Jiro Honten," a 10-seat counter basement restaurant in the upscale Ginza area, whose master chef, 86-year-old Jiro Ono, has been in sushi since his teens and was featured in the 2011 documentary "Jiro Dreams of Sushi".

Another winner was "Usukifugu Yamadaya," which serves fugu, blowfish which can be fatal if improperly prepared.

Tokyo has seen tourist numbers rise sharply this year and is basking in having been named host the 2020 Summer Olympics. It was the favourite tourist destination of 52 percent of 4,000 Asian respondents to a survey released on Tuesday by the Development Bank of Japan.

Among those who had visited Japan more than once, 58 percent gave Japanese food as the reason they chose it.

The first Michelin restaurant guide, aimed at drivers in the early days of motoring, was published by the tyre company in 1900. The star-rating system was introduced in the 1920s.

Following is a list of the 13 top-rated Tokyo restaurants, and one in the nearby Shonan coastal area, according to the Michelin guide.

1. Azabu Yukimura

2. Esaki

3. Ginza Koju

4. Ishikawa

5. Joel Robuchon

6. Kanda

7. Koan (in Shonan)

8. Quintessance

9. Ryugin

10. Sukiyabashi Jiro Honten

11. Sushi Mizutani

12. Sushi Saito

13. Sushi Yoshitake

14. Usukifugu Yamadaya (Reporting by Elaine Lies, editing by Ron Popeski)

Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

God Works For Hollywood

REUTERS SHOWCASE

"Hurricane" Dies

"Hurricane" Dies

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, U.S. boxer famous in folk song, dies at 76.  Full Article 

Film Festival

Film Festival

Sun, yachts and stars beckon visitors to Cannes.  Full Article 

Royal Tour

Royal Tour

Britain's Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit beach in Sydney.  Video 

On Trial

On Trial

Singer Chris Brown's assault trial delayed to next week.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage