One of the The most important recognition for any restaurant is having the privilege of being awarded a Michelin star. This is a recognition that emerges from the famous Michelin Guide, which is popular for assigning one to three “stars of good food” to gastronomic establishments that, in reference to different parameters set by their own judges, stand out in quality, creativity and dedication of their dishes. Although eating in a restaurant with a Michelin star does not have to be expensive, we have to be honest because many of them are luxury restaurants that they can cost an exorbitant cost of up to $ 1700 per tasting menu. Based on this, Chef’s Pencil, an international food magazine and online platform for chefs of all levels, recently conducted an interesting study to find out which are the most expensive Michelin star restaurants in the world.
As a first piece of information it is worth mentioning that the findings are based on the price of a full tasting menu, which often includes between 8 and 12 dishes for dinner. The findings were based on reviewing the menus of nearly 500 Michelin-starred restaurants, of which Chef’s Pencil revealed its list of the 15 most expensive Michelin-starred restaurants in the world. Among the curious data, it is striking that most of these iconic establishments are in Asia, particularly in Japan, which appears five times in the list of the first 15. Japan is also the only country that appears more than once.
Although, it is true that the performance of Asia is undeniable (since restaurants in Hong Kong and Shanghai also appear on the list). The first place on the list was to the surprise of many, since Sublimotion took it in Ibiza, Spain The reason? The top-notch tasting menu at this restaurant retails for $ 1,740 per person, but the experience is more than just the food. Sublimotion offers diners a hybrid reality experience with a cyber chef preparing food in front of each guest. The result is delicious food that diners can enjoy in a virtual world.
The second most expensive restaurant is in Shanghai and it also makes use of visual technology to immerse diners in a virtual world. Visitors to Ultraviolet can expect to pay $ 1,422 for a full tasting menu that blends Western cuisine with Asian influence. For more details on the type of food: think foie gras cigarettes and cakes baked with traditionally French ingredients, the best detail is that all food is enjoyed surrounded by walls with moving images.
Rounding out the top three is Kitcho Arashiyama Honten in Kyoto, Japan, where a tasting menu costs $ 910 per person. This restaurant is known to serve the best Japanese cuisine in one of the seven dining rooms in its facilities that are part of the experience. Since each one overlooks a beautiful Japanese garden. The architecture and decor of the restaurant also take on a traditional Japanese look, providing diners with an immersive cultural experience. Undoubtedly these are restaurants that not only pursue the highest quality standards, they are actually very complex creative projects. They seek to provide a complete experience focused on highlighting the immense cultural wealth of each region And that in addition to tasting the most delicious and refined dishes. It’s worth gold!
The complete list of the most expensive Michelin star restaurants in the world:
As we mentioned at the beginning, the price list is based on the tasting menu per person offered by each restaurant, which is usually between 8 and 12 times. Drinks are generally not included in the price, although a small number of restaurants include them. The same goes for tips and other charges such as VAT. The prices listed are in US dollars, although slight variations may occur due to currency exchange rates.
- Sublimotion in Ibiza, Spain. Cost per tasting menu $ 1,740
- Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet in Shanghai, China. Cost per tasting menu $ 1,422
- Kitcho Arashiyama Honten in Kyoto, Japan. Cost per tasting menu $ 910
- Azabu Kadowaki in Tokyo, Japan. Cost per tasting menu $ 825
- Mass in NY, United States. Cost per tasting menu $ 800
- Joël Robuchon in Tokyo, Japan. Cost per tasting menu $ 637
- Kikunoi Honten in Kyoto, Japan. Cost per tasting menu $ 637
- Gion Maruyama in Kyoto, Japan. Cost per tasting menu $ 637
- Guy Savoy in Paris, France. Cost per tasting menu $ 614
- Piazza Duomo in Alba, Italy. Cost per tasting menu $ 580
- Ciel Bleu in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Cost per tasting menu $ 574
- Alchemist in Copenhagen, Denmark. Cost per tasting menu $ 560
- Arpege in Paris, France. Cost per tasting menu $ 533
- Forum in Hong Kong, China. Cost per tasting menu $ 530
- Hélène Darroze at The Connaught in London, England. Cost per tasting menu $ 527
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.