Move Over Paris and New York — Tokyo is Officially the Food Capital of the World


A delicious meal from Ishikawa, a restaurant that earned a three-star Michelin rating for 2015. (Photo: TripAdvisor)

Everybody thinks that the best restaurants are in Paris or New York, but true foodies know that Tokyo is where it’s at.

Once again, Tokyo takes the crown as the food capital of the world. This comes after 12 of its restaurants were given a three-star rating in the Michelin Guide Tokyo 2015. This number gives Tokyo more three-star restaurants than any other city in the world, including Paris, which has nine.

The three-star rating classifies a restaurant as having “exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey” and is determined by judges based on creativity, quality of ingredients, and cooking techniques.

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The poisonous fugu blowfish is served at Usuki Fugu Yamadaya. (Photo: Thinkstock)

One of the top restaurants, Usuki Fugu Yamadaya, is known for serving fugu, a poisonous blowfish that can be deadly if improperly prepared. The other restaurants earning this top honor include six Japanese, three sushi, and two French restaurants.

In total, as many as 267 restaurants in Tokyo earned stars, 19 of them for the first time. There were 53 restaurants that grabbed two stars, and 161 earned one star.

This edition of the Michelin Guide Tokyo also expanded the “Bib Gourmand” section, which highlights restaurants offering “good food at moderate prices.”

Michelin Guidebooks are published in over 90 countries around the world, according to the company. Its Japan edition first appeared in 2007.

3-Star Michelin Restaurants in Tokyo

1. Esaki

2. Ishikawa

3. Joel Robuchon Ebisu

4. Kanda

5. Makimura

6. Quintessence

7. Ryugin

8. Saito

9. Sukiyabashi Jiro Honten

10. Usukifugu Yamadaya

11. Yoshitake

12. Yukimura

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