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Tuesday, 18th November 2008
In General Japan News,

Michelin stars awarded to Tokyo eateries

Food lovers might have taken note of this week's award of one of the dining world's most prestigious honours on a number of Tokyo restaurants.

Michelin has bestowed three-star ratings upon nine eateries in Tokyo, placing it with Paris as among the cities with the highest number of top ratings in the world.

According to Kyodo News, the restaurants were Ishikawa, Kanda, Koju and Hamayada, all of which serve Japanese dishes, Sukiyabahi Jiro and Sushi Mizutani, which specialise in sushi, and Quientessence, Joel Robuchon and L'Osier, where French cuisine can be enjoyed.

"This city has a selection that the world should envy," commented Jean-Luc Naret, director of the Michelin guide, the Tokyo version of which is published on Friday.

Michelin stars are regarded by diners and chefs alike as one of the chief markers of a restaurant's quality.

According to the Guardian, a rating of three stars denotes exceptional cooking for which it is worth making a special trip to sample.

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