When France’s lauded Michelin Red Guide announced it would release a Tokyo edition — the first one to cover an Asian city — many scoffed at what they perceived to be a mere marketing ploy.
But they awarded the city’s restaurants a total of 191 stars, more than New York and Paris combined.
It’s only fair; Tokyo sports 160,000 known eateries, over 10 times the number in Paris. There are a few three-star standouts in the Tokyo Guide — Kojyu in Ginza, serving delicate traditional Japanese cuisine; Joel Robuchon in Ebisu, the Tokyo stronghold of the famed celebrity chef; and Quintessence in Shirokane-dai, whose young French-trained chef has finally achieved recognition in the Japanese culinary hierarchy, thanks to to his inclusion in the Guide.
More than anything, though, Michelin has proven something that most Tokyoites already know: this city is undoubtedly the gastronomic capital of the world.
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Joel Robuchon in Ebisu