The Michelin guide has once again named Tokyo to be the gourmet capital of the world since it has the most starred restaurants than any other city, an accolade that the Japanese capital has gotten for the seventh straight year. It also has the most number of of restaurants that got the three-star rating, the top honor that the guidebook gives out, with 13 three-starred restaurants.
Although the number of three-star restaurants dropped from 13 to 14 compared to last year, there were 21 establishments that got stars for the first time, bringing the total number to 281 from 2012’s 242. These restaurants offer a wide range of food styles, from traditional Japanese cuisine to Korean grilled meat places and European fine-dining establishments. Michael Ellis, international director of the Michelin guides said that Tokyo getting this honor for the seventh time in a row shows how “dynamic” Japanese gastronomy is, with tourists flocking to the city, some just for the food alone. A survey by the Development Bank of Japan showed that 58% of the respondents who have visited Japan more than once say they chose Tokyo as their destination because of the food.
One of the restaurants that got three stars was “Sukiyabashi Jiro Honten,” who boasts of its 86-year-old master chef Jiro Ono, who was featured in the critically acclaimed 2011 documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”. The establishment is a 10-seat counter basement restaurant in the luxurious Ginza area. Another three-star place is targeted more for those who want to live dangerously. “Usukifugu Yamadaya” serves fugu, a kind of blowfish that can be fatal to someone who eats it if it has been improperly prepared.
Tokyo is enjoying an increasing number of tourists lately and is expected that numbers will increase not just because of the food, but also for having won the rights to host the 2020 Olympics. The survey showed that 52% of the Asian respondents chose Tokyo as their favourite tourist destination.
[ via Reuters ]