FACTBOX: Michelin guide's three-star picks for Tokyo

Tue Nov 18, 2008 4:36am EST
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TOKYO (Reuters Life!) - Michelin unveiled its restaurant guide for Tokyo on Tuesday, awarding the city once again with more stars than any other city in the world.

Nine restaurants, six serving Japanese cuisine and three French, were given the three-star rating, which Michelin defines as "exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey." The following is a list of restaurants rated with three stars:


A Japanese restaurant that started some 90 years ago, Hamadaya serves elegantly presented seasonal foods in the old-fashioned area of Nihonbashi. Geisha can be invited to entertain guests as they dine in the traditional straw-matted tatami rooms.


Ishikawa, joining the coveted three-star rank for the first time, is in a traditional neighborhood of Kagurazaka. It is a 16-seat Japanese restaurant serving courses using seasonal fish and meat.


Widely cited as the best chef in Paris in the 1990s, Frenchman Joel Robuchon was known for perfectionist cooking that takes French cuisine back to its roots. There are now restaurants bearing his name all around the world, including this one in the upmarket area of Ebisu.

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