Asia’s Michelin Stars
We bring you five of the best restaurants on the continent
“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