The Michelin Guide Kyoto Osaka 2021 has landed, which this year also includes the debut restaurant listing for Okayama Prefecture, as well as the the new Michelin Green rating.
Culinary capital Kyoto continues to lead the pack with 216 restaurants listed, and Osaka is close behind with 207 restaurants. The two cities boast twenty new one-star restaurants in total for 2021, with thirteen in Kyoto and seven in Osaka.
Okayama prefecture makes its debut entry with 193 restaurants, including two new restaurants entering with two stars, Kuikiri Ryori Happo (Japanese cuisine) in Okayama City, and Sushi En. Eighteen restaurants received their first stars, including sushi, Chinese, Italian and French restaurants.
Speaking of the new guide - which features a very diverse selection of cuisines, from Indian and Italian, to specialised freshwater eel and fugu establishments, and tonkatsu restaurants - Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of the MICHELIN Guides, said: “Once again, we are delighted to reveal a new selection of restaurants for Kyoto, where traditional Japanese cuisine lives and breathes, and for Osaka, where a true melting pot of culinary cultures fosters a rich gastronomic landscape. Every year, and this one is no exception, Kyoto and Osaka never fail to show us their ever-growing potential as well as their many talented and creative chefs, making the two cities world-leading gastronomic destinations.”
The Michelin Green Star
A total of fifteen restaurants have been awarded the Michelin Green star in acknowledgement of their commitment to practicing sustainable gastronomy.
Here is the MICHELIN Guide Kyoto Osaka and Okayama 2021 selection at a glance : -
Michelin starred restaurants In Kyoto 2021
7 restaurants with three stars
19 restaurants with two stars
84 restaurants with one star (13 new - see full list below)
106 restaurants with a Bib Gourmand (22 new)
5 restaurants with a MICHELIN Green star
Michelin-star restaurants in Osaka 2021
3 restaurants with three stars
12 restaurants with two stars
81 restaurants with one star (7 new - see the full list below)
Ground beef recipes are given star treatment in the hands of Michelin starred chefs like April Bloomfield, Marco Pierre White and Gordon Ramsay, as they put their spin on classic comfort food dishes, from burgers to chilli beef lettuce wraps.