Tokyo has retained the title of the world’s most Michelin-starred city after the launch of the second Michelin guide to the Japanese capital.
The 2009 guide awarded a record 227 stars to the 173 restaurants it lists, a total constituting more stars than Paris (96), London (52) and New York (56) combined.
Michelin awarded stars to every restaurant it lists in the Tokyo guide, with nine three-starred, 36 two-starred and 128 one-starred establishments.
Of those, Japanese restaurant Ishikawa joined the ranks of restaurants holding the top accolade of three stars, with 14 eateries rising to two-starred status.
A record 35 restaurants were awarded one star, including Gordon Ramsay’s eponymous restaurant in Tokyo.
Nearly two thirds of the restaurants given stars are Japanese, with most of the remainder serving French cuisine including French chefs Joël Robuchon and Alain Ducasse.
Jean-Luc Naret, director of Michelin Guides, said: “Tokyo’s gastronomy has improved and evolved in the course of the year and the rise in stars shows that.
“There is great potential in Tokyo and it can get even more stars.”
Michelin now publishes 25 guides covering 22 countries in Europe, the USA and Asia. Next month will see the launch of a second Asian guide, with the inaugural release of a guide to Hong Kong and Macau on 5 December.
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By Kerstin Kühn
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