The Michelin Guide has unveiled its first-ever selection for Nara Prefecture in Japan, and as expected, there is a wealth of newly minted stars, with 101 restaurants selected including four two-star and 18 one-star restaurants.
Among the two-star accolades were Akordu, whose name means 'memories' in the Basque language, combining the products of Nara with Spanish flavours by chef Hiroshi Kawashima. And at Oryori Hanagaki, chef Toshihiko Furuta lovingly preserves Nara traditions with a light modern touch to keep things fresh.
Chef Masato Nishihara explores various Japanese traditions, creating a dialogue between regions at his Tsukamo restaurant. Meanwhile at elegant restaurant Nara Nikon, chef Shojiro Shimizu creates dishes inspired by the kappo tradition.
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