The Michelin Guide has unveiled its 2013 special edition guide to Hiroshima, Japan, the very first time guide's inspectors have rated the region. And with this inaugural Hiroshima guide, please welcome a new three-star Michelin restaurant to the global fold, Nakashima. There are five new two-star restaurants listed in the guide, including: Ajiyoshi, Kodama, Sazanka, Tenko Honten, and Tokaan. And, finally, Michelin has bestowed one star upon 23 restaurants and one ryokan — a Japanese-style bed-and-breakfast — in the guide.
Beyond that, the Michelin Guide also selected 49 Bib Gourmand restaurants that offer "a very broad array of cooking styles that includes Japanese curry, ramen, udon, yakiniku and yoshoku, as well as Thai, Italian, French and Spanish cuisine." Michael Ellis, international director of the Michelin Guides, explains in a press release that this is the first time the guides have been able to incorporate certain regional specialties such as anago and Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki. Inspectors have been in Hiroshima since Fall of 2011, and this is the fourth guide for Japan. Here's the press release:
The new 2013 Special Edition MICHELIN guide Hiroshima welcomes the region's first three-star restaurant
Michelin publishes in Japan the 2013 Special Edition MICHELIN guide Hiroshima, which is available in Japanese and lists the region's best establishments: 278 restaurants, 48 ryokans and 36 hotels.
For the first time, Michelin inspectors visited Japan's Hiroshima region, with the goal of helping readers to find its best restaurants, hotels and ryokans (Japanese inns similar to a bed-and-breakfast). Their travels enabled them to discover gastronomy that is rooted in Japanese tradition as well as local culinary specialties like anago (salt-water eels) and okonomiyaki (japonese crepe). In addition to the extensive food offering, the inspectors noted very high-level cooking standards based on top-quality ingredients and carefully prepared dishes. The 2013 selection also includes the region's first three-star restaurant – Nakashima – located in the city of Hiroshima, which joins the select circle of the world's very best restaurants. In addition, two stars were awarded to 5 restaurants and one star to 23 restaurants and 1 ryokan.
Alongside the starred restaurants, the 2013 Special Edition MICHELIN guide Hiroshima lists 49 Bib Gourmand restaurants (=), chosen by the inspectors for their excellent value for money. All offer a complete menu for no more than 3,500 yens (€27). Featuring a very broad array of cooking styles that includes Japanese curry, ramen, udon, yakiniku and yoshoku, as well as Thai, Italian, French and Spanish cuisine, the wide range of establishments enables readers to find exactly what they're looking for, regardless of their budget or desires.
"We're very pleased to expand our collection with this new guide, which will allow lovers of Japan to discover the gourmet dining scene in Hiroshima," said Michael Ellis, International Director of the MICHELIN guides. "The inspectors began preparing this Special Edition in autumn 2011, and after long months of fieldwork, they have compiled a selection of outstanding restaurants, such as Nakashima, a new three-star establishment. What's more, they have also discovered a number of little gems, like the restaurants awarded the Bib Gourmand label and which offer excellent value for money. Their diligent efforts have allowed them to unearth and showcase a number of culinary treasures that are particular to Hiroshima and illustrate the region's gastronomic wealth, including such specialties as anago, okonomiyaki and dishes made with oysters. This represents the first time that these cooking styles have been featured in a MICHELIN guide. In the end, this very broad selection will enable our readers traveling in the Hiroshima region to discover local dishes."
The MICHELIN guide collection comprises 24 editions available in 23 countries. The latest addition to the collection, the 2013 Special Edition MICHELIN guide Hiroshima, is the fourth guide introduced in Japan following the MICHELIN guides to Tokyo-Yokohama-Shonan and Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe-Nara, as well as the 2013 Special Edition MICHELIN guide Hokkaido.
The 2013 Special Edition MICHELIN guide Hiroshima is on sale in Japan as of May 17. The selection comprises 362 establishments, of which 278 restaurants 48 ryokans and 36 hotels.
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