Summary of Michelin Guide Tokyo 2017
Michelin Guide Tokyo generates a huge buzz every time it comes out, despite constant debates about the value of the rankings. TokyoTableTrip also makes it a point to take a look at the lineup every year.
Since foreign visitors are likely to be be highly interested in this, we will do a quick report on some of the changes to the stars awarded between the 2016 and 2017 guide.
There were 12 3-star restaurants listed this year, a drop from last year’s 13.
Kanda (Japanese), Quintessence (French), Joël Robuchon (French), and Sukibayashi Jiro (sushi) received their three stars for the 10th year running.
Other recipients were Sushi Yoshitake, Sushi Saito, Ryugin (Japanese), Yamadaya (fugu), Yukimura (Japanese), Ishikawa (Japanese), Kohaku (Japanese), and Makimura (Japanese).
The restaurant which fell out of this list from last year is Esaki (Japanese), which closed on 24 December following its decision to move from Tokyo to the countryside (in Yamanashi Prefecture).
Out of the 2-star restaurants from last year, one restaurant closed, and there were 4 more added this year, which resulted in an overall increase of 3 restaurants to make up a total of 54 restaurants this year.
The restaurant that closed was Sushi Mizutani, which put up the shutters on 29 October with the retirement of the owner Hachiro Mizutani.
The 4 new additions to the 2-star list were Ginya (tempura) and Sushi Masuda, which were promoted from the 1-star category, and Higashi-Azabu Amamoto (sushi) and Miyasaka (Japanese), both new entries on the Michelin Guide.
From the 153 1-star restaurants last year, 19 new restaurants were added to the list, 2 were promoted to the 2-star category, and 9 lost their stars, which totals up to 161 restaurants making the list this year.
The new additions to the 1-star category are Sushi Iwa, Sushi Arai, Iwai (tempura), Sublime (French), Nabeno-Ism (French), Regalo (Italian), Sugita (sushi), Kurosaki (sushi), L’Orgueil (French), Ciel et Sol (French), Nogizaka Shin (Japanese), Amber Palace (Chinese), Nakiryu (ramen), Craftale (French), Ryo (unagi), Tacubo (Italian), and Bird Land (yakitori).
In addition, Honda (Italian) and Harutaka (sushi) which lost their stars last year, made it back onto the list with one star.
The 9 restaurants which lost their stars this year were Yamaji (Japanese), Tirpse (French), Hatanaka (tempura), Ànu Retrouvez-vous (French), Den (Japanese), Kifu (Japanese), Uotoku (sushi), Hifumi-an (Japanese), and Yoshihashi (sukiyaki) which closed down.