Did you know there are more Michelin Star Restaurants in Tokyo than any other city in the world? In fact, as of 2020, there’s a staggering 226 to choose from within the Japanese capital. It’s not an accolade that’s handed out lightly either, so it’s no wonder food and drink experiences in Tokyo are such a big deal.
Our of the 226 restaurants in Tokyo listed within the official Michelin Guide, only 11 have been awarded the pinnacle of a three-starred rating. They’re not all about Japanese cuisine either, as a couple of French-influenced chefs have also made the grade.
Which are the Best Michelin Star Restaurants in Tokyo?
As you can imagine, with over 200 restaurants to choose from, any foodie will find it hard which food and drink experiences in Tokyo to choose first.
However, given those with the prestigious three-Michelin Stars are few and far between, we take a look at 5 of our personal favourites.
Head chef and owner Hiroyuki Kanda has always been surrounded by high-quality Japanese cuisine. His parents already owned a successful restaurant, but it wasn’t until perfecting his skills in Paris that Hiroyuki really established himself. Having brought back the more refined style of haute cuisine to Japan, Kanda now prides itself as one of the best Japanese restaurants in the world.
Recommended Dish: Miso Soup for Starters.
Here you will find an authentic Japanese food experience, with a three Michelin Starred chef. One who has an unrivalled passion for traditional food. Although with the addition of luxurious western ingredients such as truffle to enhance aged-old recipes.
Recommended Dish: Beef Shabu-Shabu with Katsuo Dashi.
The latest addition to the exclusive list of three Michelin Star restaurants in Tokyo is the modern Kadowaki. Located within the Minato-ku neighbourhood. Diners that take a look down the menu here will experience some more unusual combinations. What’s more, chef Toshiya Kadowaki utilises a range of techniques, in order to create an East meets West tasting sensation.
Recommended Dish: Try the 7 Course Tasting Menu
Authentic food experiences in Tokyo should include Sushi at least once during your visit. What better place than at a three Michelin Starred restaurant? Sometimes the simplest things can be the most impressive, whereby the Edomae-Sushi is based around the best quality produce. However, you can also sample other culinary delights, such as smoked tuna or the delicacy of Awabi sea snails.
Recommended Dish: Edomae-Sushi
Stepping away from Japanese culture, restauranteur and head chef Joël Robuchon brings a touch of France to Tokyo. Although even foodies with an undisputed knowledge for French cuisine will be in awe of Joël’s talents. This fine-dining experience is far more than your standard high-end restaurant. It’s a venue whereby dishes are presented in a way that wouldn’t look out of place at an international art gallery.
Recommended Dish: Langoustine ravioli with truffle
Food and Drink Experiences in Tokyo
As well as more Michelin Star restaurants than anywhere in the world, the capital also features an abundance of more traditional market vendors. In order to find the best places to eat, book one of our food and drink experiences in Tokyo with tabl.com. Delivering real food by real people.