News & Views 1 minute 28 November 2017

The Results: 2018 MICHELIN Guide Tokyo Launched

All three-starred restaurants maintain their distinctions; 5 new two-starred restaurants include Noburo Arai's Hommage and Chinese restaurant Sazenka.

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The full selection of restaurants and hotels that made it into the MICHELIN guide Tokyo 2018 has just been released and the latest edition features a total of 512 restaurants and 42 hotels.

Michael Ellis, International Director in charge of the MICHELIN guides, comments on the vibrancy of Tokyo's gastronomy scene: “The MICHELIN guide reflects the great ability and skills found in Tokyo, with 82 restaurants added to this year’s selection. Sushi, French, Italian, Tempura, Izakaya… the rich variety of our selection is testament to the gastronomic strength of Tokyo, a city where even ramen restaurants have Stars.”
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In this new selection, all the restaurants awarded three stars maintain their distinction: Azabu Yukimura, Joël Robuchon, Kagurazaka Ishikawa, Kanda, Kohaku, Makimura, Quintessence, Ryugin, Sukiyabashi Jiro Honten, Sushi Saito, Sushi Yoshitake and Usukifugu Yamadaya.

Of the 56 two-starred establishments, five are new, and these include: Sazenka, a restaurant offering Chinese cuisine; Florilège where the chef serves a French cuisine presented in Japanese plates and bowls; Hommage, where chef-owner Noboru Arai uses ingredients from all over the world and then prepares them using French techniques.

Also awarded two stars are Den, offering innovative cuisine, and Higuchi, where the owner-chef adjusts Kyo-ryori to Kanto tastes.
There are 23 new one-star entrants which run the gamut of cuisines from Italian restaurants Heinz Beck and Prisma to Chinese cuisine Reikasai and French-style La Paix. Sushiyas and Japanese restaurants like Sushi Kojima, Kiraku and Azumaya also gain one star distinctions.

The MICHELIN guide Tokyo 2018 also lists 278 restaurants awarded a Bib Gourmand, 59 of which are new additions to this year’s selection. Bib Gourmand recognizes those restaurants offering quality food at affordable prices: around 5,000JPY or less.

See the full selection here.

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