The Michelin Guide released its latest ranking for 2021. Tokyo is once again leading as the city with the most Michelin-starred restaurants. Flaunting its 212 restaurants, you can dine on French, Italian, Chinese, Spanish, Korean, and Thai along with traditional Japanese dishes.
Besides diversity in flavor, Michelin announced that the 2021 guide includes 6 restaurants with its new sustainability award Green Star. As always, if you’re looking for quality and cost, they have added 35 new reasonably priced Bib Gourmand restaurants.
The 2021 Tokyo Michelin Guide at a glance:
12 Three Star restaurants (2 new)
42 Two Star restaurants (2 new)
158 One Star restaurants (18 new)
234 Bib Gourmand restaurants (35 new)
6 Green Star restaurants
34 hotels and ryokans (7 new)
The New 2021 Three Star Tokyo Restaurants
Two new restaurants were added to the coveted Three Star category, making the total number of three-star restaurants jump to twelve.
Sazenka is the first Chinese restaurant in Tokyo to be awarded three stars. It’s their first appearance on the Michelin Guide. According to the guide, its lead chef Tomoya Kawada “combines traditional Chinese flavors with Japanese techniques.”
L’Effervescence, a French restaurant that earned its two stars back in 2015, was promoted this year. Chef Shinobu Namae impressed Michelin inspectors with their Sowa-ryu tea ceremony performed at the end of the meal.
The 2021 selection added 18 newly Michelin-starred restaurants to the one-star category, 2 to the two-star, and 2 to the three-star, meaning Tokyo has 158 one-star restaurants, 42 two-stars, and 12 three-stars.
Within these highly exquisite restaurants are some unique ones to check out:
→ Sazenka (3 stars)
- Combines traditional Chinese flavors with Japanese techniques
- Must-try: pheasant soup
→ L’Effervescence (upgraded to 3 stars)
- Serves a unique cuisine with French influences accented by top-quality local ingredients
- Must-try: Sowa-ryu tea ceremony
→NARISAWA (2 stars and a Green Star for gastronomy and sustainability)
- Serves “innovative mountain-village cuisine” that expresses the essential landscape of Japan through food
- Must-try: “Essence of Mountain Village Scenes and Forest” dish
These are just three of the 212 total Michelin-starred restaurants in Tokyo. Check out the listing below or save the Google Map collection here.