Star restau­rants

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - FOOD -

WITH 57 restau­rants win­ning stars in this year’s Miche­lin guide, New York comes in only at fifth place in world rank­ings, but is the hands-down num­ber one for culi­nary di­ver­sity.

The 2011 New York guide, which pre­cedes all the other city sur­veys due this year, sees the Big Ap­ple with 10 two-star restau­rants, up four from last year, and an un­changed five with the max­i­mum of three stars.

Three French eater­ies keep their places in the high­est rat­ings: Jean Ge­orges, Daniel, and Le Bernardin, as do the Ja­panese Masa, and Cal­i­for­nia chef Thomas Keller’s Per Se.

The top ta­bles in the world re­main in Tokyo, which boasts 11 three-star restau­rants, fol­lowed by Paris with 10 and Ky­oto with six.

But New York is def­i­nitely on the up, with ap­petite grow­ing for two-star restau­rants, de­fined as “ex­cel­lent cook­ing and worth a de­tour,” as op­posed to “ex­cep­tional cui­sine and worth the jour­ney” for the three stars.

In all, 57 restau­rants got one or more stars, which is 10 more than last year.

Tokyo was far ahead with 197 star­wor­thy restau­rants, while Ky­oto had 85, Osaka 65 and Paris 64. Be­low New York came London with 48 and Hong Kong with 42.

But New York can boast of hav­ing the great­est top-level va­ri­ety. Fif­teen dif­fer­ent types of restau­rants won stars, from Aus­trian to Span­ish, from Ital­ian to Per­sian, from Ja­panese to steak­houses, and English-style gas­trop­ubs.

London is the next most di­verse, with nine gen­res rep­re­sented, headed by In­dian, Pak­istani and Thai restau­rants.

By con­trast, Tokyo which has a to­tal of 150,000 restau­rants has only seven types win­ning stars.

Paris, which has a to­tal of only 15,000 restau­rants, is the most pa­tri­otic. Of the 64 restau­rants win­ning stars, only two are re­ally non-French: the Span­ish Fo­gon and Ja­panese Aida, each of which have one star.

Miche­lin has added to its fa­mous guide in re­cent years with the Bib Gour­mand mark – not a star for ex­cel­lence, but among the “in­spec­tors’ favourites for good value.”

Twenty one new eater­ies won Bib Gour­mands in this year’s New York guide. – AFP

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