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Tuesday, 17th November 2009
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Tokyo home to more Michelin-star restaurants than Paris

There are now more three-star Michelin restaurants in Tokyo than in the French capital city, according to the most recent addition of the Michelin guide to the Japanese city.

In total, Tokyo has 11 three-star eateries, with Paris home to ten. Of the restaurants given three Michelin stars, two-thirds served traditional Japanese cuisine and the rest served French, Spanish, Italian and Chinese food.

As well as having more top-flight restaurants, Tokyo also has more Michelin stars as a whole, with 261 found in 197 restaurants.

Commenting on the guide, Michelin guide director Jean-Luc Naret said: "Tokyo remains by far the world capital of gastronomy and also has the most three-star restaurants."

However, the BBC noted that this result could also have been helped along with by the size of Tokyo, as it has some 160,000 restaurants compared to 40,000 in Paris.

According to the Michelin Guide website, inspectors look for everything from portion size to the wine list selection, as well as whether the menu has "clear flavours with a distinct personality".

Written by Kimberley Homer.