Michelin is pleased to unveil the 2018 MICHELIN Guide Tokyo, featuring 512 restaurants and 42 hotels.
“The MICHELIN Guide reflects the great ability and skills found in Tokyo, with 82 restaurants added to this year’s selection,” says Michael Ellis, International Director in charge of the MICHELIN Guides. “Sushi, French, Italian, Tempura, Izakaya…the rich variety of our selection is a testament to the gastronomic strength of Tokyo, a city where even ramen restaurants have stars.”
In the 2018 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.
A total of 56 two-starred restaurants are featured in this year’s guide, five of which are new: the 12-seat Sazenka boasts fine Chinese cuisine using seasonal Japanese ingredients. Hiroyasu Kawate’s Florilège, which roughly translates to “a collection of beautiful poems like flowers,” also receives two stars this year. Here, an 11-course meal showcasing French techniques is presented in Japanese plates and bowls. French techniques also shine at Hommage—or, “tribute,” in French—in Taito, where chef/owner Noboru Arai uses ingredients from all over the world in his delicate coursed meals. Also awarded two stars is Den, where chef/owner Zaiyu Hasegawa offers innovative cuisine, and the 14-seat Higuchi, serving traditional Japanese fare.
The 2018 guide also features 166 one-star restaurants, including 23 new establishments serving various types of cuisines or specialities: beef specialties shine at Ginza Ishizaki; Nanachome offers yakitori; Mimosa, Hiroo Hashizume and Reikasai Ginza all serve delightful Chinese fare.
Among the new stars, five offer French-style cuisine—Argile, Crony, La Paix, Lature and L’Aube—and five serve sushi—Sushi Kojima, Sushi Yu, Sushiya Ichiyanagi, Kiraku and Sushi Hachizaemon.
Italian food is highlighted at new one-starred Bottega, Heinz Beck, Principio and Prisma, while Azumaya, Ginza Shinohara, Oryori Tsuji, and Shiorian Yamashiro have been awarded for their Japanese cuisine.
The 2018 MICHELIN Guide Tokyo also lists 278 restaurants awarded a Bib Gourmand, 59 of which are new additions to this year’s selection.
Congratulations to all.