Tokyo Sees 212 Michelin Starred Restaurants

Sazenka, the newest Tokyo restaurant to earn 3 Michelin stars in 2021

The word is outーTokyo is the reigning city with the most Michelin starred restaurants in 2021. This year, Tokyo boasts of 212 starred restaurants. We see 2 new spots promoted to the coveted Three Star category and 6 others awarded with Green Stars for their sustainable gastronomy practices that preserve natural resources, protect ecological diversity, and reduce food waste.

Check out the entire collection of restaurants on Google Map.

Michelin Guide Tokyo 2021 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 Two Top Ranking Restaurants

In Tokyo Michelin firsts, we see Sazenka win Three Stars, becoming the first Chinese restaurant in Tokyo to earn that rank. According to the guide, chef Tomoya Kawada “combines traditional Chinese flavors with Japanese techniques.” As an example of their exemplary menu, Michelin inspectors pointed out the pheasant soup in their announcement.

L’Effervescence, a French restaurant, is not new to the Michelin Guide. Back in 2015, it earned Two Stars. This year, it has been promoted to the highest rank thanks to its sophisticated approach to using local ingredients. Chef Shinobu Namae particularly impressed Michelin inspectors with their Sowa-ryu tea ceremony performed at the end of the meal.

Bib Gourmand

If the 212 Michelin-starred restaurants are slightly out of budget, check out the list of 234 Bib Gourmand restaurants (of which are 35 new). Bib Gourmand-awarded restaurants are “the delightful little restaurants selected by Michelin guide inspectors for their very good value for money.”

Check out the full collection of Michelin Starred Restaurants in 2021 here.

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