Michelin — the French tire company that also publishes international dining guides — announced its starred selections for Taipei, the latest city to get the Michelin treatment as the guide expands into Asia. The first-ever Michelin guide to Taipei includes 20 starred restaurants, including one establishment with three stars, Michelin’s highest honor.
Le Palais is the first restaurant in the city with three stars. Michelin inspectors were impressed by the Cantonese restaurant’s “fine, delicate Cantonese dishes,” according to a press release. Michelin awarded two Taipei restaurants two stars, including My Guest House, which serves Hunan and Sichuan food, and Japanese restaurant Ryu Gin (which is also an essential Taipei restaurant).
Seventeen Taipei restaurants received one star, including consistent Michelin favorite L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, which has three stars in Hong Kong, two stars in Paris, two stars in Singapore, and one star in London. The complete list of one-starred restaurants includes cuisines “ranging from European contemporary, Japanese, barbecue to Hangzhou,” as Michelin notes in its press release, perhaps in response to criticisms that the guides have historically favored European and Japanese cuisines.
Taipei’s world-famous night market culture wasn’t recognized in any of the starred selections. Instead, Michelin recognized 10 street food stalls in its Bib Gourmand list, reserved for dining at a lower price point.
Take a look at all of the Michelin stars, as well as the 36 Bib Gourmand selections, below: