Michelin Restaurant Guide

The Michelin Guide has a long and fascinating history. First published in 1900, the guide originally focused on only French restaurants. Tyre magnates Andre and Edouard Michelin gave the book away to valued customers; it was an auto guide, as well as a guide to gas stations, hotels and restaurants. The brothers saw it as a way to increase demand for automobiles and conversely increase sales of car tyres. This little bit of ingenuity has spawned the book with humble beginnings into the most famous food guide in the world


Yauatcha in London


For less than 30 pounds sterling (around $50) you and your dinner guest can enjoy a total of eight dim sum plates, or simply eat them all yourself! The king crab Shanghai long bun is a delicacy, and the meal is accompanied by Chinese tea.


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L’Agape in Paris


For just 35 euros (about $49) you can partake in a four course lunch; that’s a mere 9 euros per course – cheap for any Parisian restaurant, never mind a Michelin starred one! An eight course tasting menu is available for dinner, but it’s quite a bit more expensive at 120 euros. However, while that might sound a lot, you’re still getting a serious bang for your buck.


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Jean Georges in New York City


While it’s easy to spend over $200 per person at this world class eatery, it’s also possible to eat here if you’re on a moderate budget. A two plate “taste of spring” lunch will set you back a mere $38, almost incredible for a three-star Michelin restaurant.


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Nectari in Barcelona


Three courses here will set you back a mere 25 euros. Traditional Spanish food with a focus on seasonal local ingredients like truffles and wild mushrooms is served. There’s also an extensive list of world class wines.


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Zum Heidkrug in Luneberg


In Germany, for a restaurant to be included in the Michelin Bib Gourmand section it must have menu items below 35 euros. Zum Heidkrug meets this criterion, but it went above and beyond and earned a star instead.


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Laut in New York City


The easiest way to fail when opening an Asian restaurant is to be too broad with the menus. Think about it. When was the last time you ate a restaurant that served both sushi and Chinese food and thought it was any good? You probably haven’t. Somehow Laut in NYC bucks that trend with its eclectic mix of Asian cuisine, and it does so by offering extremely affordable food, too.


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Onyx in Budapest


If you’re Hungry in Hungary and in need of fine dining then this restaurant, which serves classic Hungarian fare, is worth checking out. Adorned with ornate chandeliers, the atmosphere is elegant and the food is a mix of traditional and modern. A set lunch is a mere 5900 forint ($27) for three courses.


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The Hand and Flowers in Marlow


Marlow is a quiet little town in the south of England, which means it’s the perfect locale for a high quality gastropub like the Hand and Flowers. It’s here you that you’ll find mouth-watering, Michelin starred grub for a fraction of the price you would almost find anywhere else in the world.


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I Tigli a Lago in Como


Nestled in northern Italy, this is the most affordable Michelin-starred restaurant in the country. For a mere 18 euros, $25 – patrons can enjoy two courses comprising the catch of the day and a delectable dessert.


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The Spotted Pig in New York City


Mario Batali is one of the most famous celebrity chefs around, and Jay-Z is an entertainment and business mogul. So, when they joined forces to create the Spotted Pig something magical was created.


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Nakajima in Tokyo


Tokyo is known for having more Michelin starred restaurants than anywhere else in the world, and the big three 3 star sushi masters (Jiro, Mizutani and Saito) are battling it out to be named best of the best.


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Tim Ho Wan in Hong Kong


For just over $6 visitors are rewarded for braving long lines to try the legendary dim sum at this eatery. The Hong Kong location jumped to one star from being labelled Bib Gourmand the year before. The popularity of the affordable dim sum spot has led to Tim Ho Wan franchising and expanding to multiple locations in food obsessed Singapore.


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