Asia’s Miche­lin Stars

We bring you five of the best restau­rants on the con­ti­nent

The Snobby Runway - - Contents - by Laura Hamill

“Le­ung Jr.’s meals are mind blow­ing, and his style of cook­ing is adored all over the world”

In re­cent years, Asian restau­rants have be­come more and more cel­e­brated for their in­cred­i­ble cui­sine. Miche­lin stars have been awarded to some of the most out­stand­ing restau­rants on the con­ti­nent, and we are here to bring you the five best restau­rants to visit in Asia. In 2012, Hong Kong based restau­rant L’Ate­lier de Joël Roubou­chon re­ceived the ac­co­lade of the Miche­lin star again. The restau­rant has been open since 2006, and is based on the con­cept that Roubou­chon cre­ated in Tokyo. The restau­rant it­self is di­vided into two ar­eas, L’Ate­lier and Le Jardin. L’Ate­lier was listed as the top choice in Asia’s Top 20 restau­rants in the Miele Guide. Watch your food be­ing pre­pared in the open kitchen, and go for the menu de­cou­verte (the dis­cov­ery menu). The wide range of ex­quis­ite food on of­fer is sure to suit ev­ery­one. In­dulge in caviar, pan fried foie gras and pan seared Ja­panese A3 Waygu beef.

Hailed as ‘X-treme Chi­nese Cui­sine’, Bo In­no­va­tion was granted a Miche­lin star in 2014. Chef Alvin Le­ung Jr. is a visionary, look­ing to recre­ate tra- di­tional Chi­nese food in an artis­tic way. Le­ung Jr. wants to chal­lenge his din­ers, “to sur­prise and ex­cite them” - and he is do­ing just that. Le­ung Jr.’s meals are mind blow­ing, and his style of cook­ing is adored all over the world. Be sure to eat from the Chef’s Ta­ble menu which in­cludes a feast of cured salmon with cof­fee, ox tongue and lob­ster. A meal at Bo In­no­va­tion will not be one you will for­get in a hurry and if you are lucky enough, you may even see Alvin do­ing his thing in the kitchen.

8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo in Hong Kong has been open since 2010 and is the brain child of the ‘best Ital­ian chef in Asia’, Um­berto Bom­bana. The name of the es­tab­lish­ment it­self is a nod to the au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal film of Fed­erico Fellini - link­ing back to the Ital­ian cul­ture

and her­itage that in­spires Bom­bana’s culi­nary cre­ations. 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo is the first and only Ital­ian restau­rant out­side of Italy to be awarded three Miche­lin stars - if that does not tell you how amaz­ing the food is, noth­ing else will. En­joy your meal whilst over­look­ing the hus­tle and bus­tle of Chater Road and be sure to try the black truf­fle taglialini as you em­brace au­then­tic Ital­ian cui­sine from the other side of the world. They also have a restau­rant in Shang­hai.

In case you didn’t know, Tokyo has the most Miche­lin starred restau­rants in the World. So, it is only right that we in­clude an ex­quis­ite restau­rant sit­u­ated in the Ja­panese cap­i­tal. If fish takes your fancy, then you must try Esaki. The decor of the restau­rant may be un­der­stated, but all of the pas­sion pours out of the food that is in front of you. Aside from the seafood, the pre­sen­ta­tion of the veg­eta­bles is un­like any­thing you have seen be­fore. Eat­ing at Esaki restau­rant is more than just a meal, it is truly an ex­pe­ri­ence. Be sure to try the Chest­nut soup on of­fer.

Our fi­nal re­cip­i­ent of three Miche­lin stars in Asia is Naka­mura. This de­light­ful lit­tle eatery is lo­cated in Ky­oto, and is a prime ex­am­ple of kaiseki meals. This type of cui­sine seeks to utilise the fresh­est ingredients that are in sea­son, and pre­pare them in such a way that em­pha­sises their flavour. Un­for­tu­nately, we can­not sug­gest any­thing to taste, as there is no menu. Should you have any di­etary re­quire­ments, in­form your servers and await to see what the chef con­jures up. The beauty of this is no two ex­pe­ri­ences will be the same.

Dis­cover more here: www.robu­chon.hk www.boin­no­va­tion.com www.ot­toe­mez­zobom­bana.com sa­vory­japan.com/travel/tokyo/esaki www.ky­ory­ori-naka­mura.com

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