While Michelin star meals can cost as little as $ 1.50 per plate, most of the restaurants that have received the prestigious award, charge a lot more.
Many cost $ 300 to $ 400 for a meal, but some are even higher.
To find the most expensive Michelin-starred restaurants, the cooking website Chef’s Pencil has researched tasting menus for dinner in more than 450 restaurants around the world, according to its website.
According to Chef’s Pencil, this is 10 most expensive restaurants * who have either received a Michelin star – or are managed by a chef who has one – are:
1. Sublimotion, Ibiza, Spain – $ 1,740
2. Ultraviolet from Paul Pairet, Shanghai, China – $ 1,422
3. Kitcho Arashiyama Honten, Kyoto, Japan – $ 910
4. Azabu Kadowaki, Tokyo, Japan – $ 825
5. Masa, New York City, USA – $ 800
6. (tie) Joel Robuchon, Tokyo, Japan – $ 637
6. (tie) Kikunoi Honten, Kyoto, Japan – $ 637
6. (tie) Gion Maruyama, Kyoto, Japan – $ 637
9. Guy Savoy, Paris, France – $ 615
10. Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy – $ 580
* Price per person, usually excluding drinks and service fees.
Japan is the only country to appear on this list more than once, and its restaurants – located in Kyoto and Tokyo – dominate half of the 10 spots. It’s worth noting, however, that Tokyo-based Joel Robuchon, who ranked number 6 on the list, serves French cuisine.
The only restaurant in the United States that made it into the top 10, Masa, is also a Japanese restaurant.
Japan is home to the world with the highest number of Michelin restaurants per capita, with Tokyo having more Michelin star restaurants than any other city. according to Chef’s Pencil.
There are reasons why many Japanese restaurants are expensive, said chef Masaharu Morimoto, who is known to millions as the star of television cookery shows “Iron Chef” and “Iron Chef America”.
“Japanese restaurants source seasonal fish from around the world, which increases the cost of the ingredients,” he said. “There is also a cost to properly ship and store these ingredients considering that fresh seafood has a short shelf life.”
Chef Masaharu Morimoto has 15 restaurants around the world, from Tokyo to New York City.
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Morimoto said “the chef’s skills – the precision and artistry in preparing and serving the dishes” are other factors.
Japanese restaurants can be quite small, with guests being looked after personally by the chef.
“Restaurants with a limited number of seats usually try to provide their diners with an intimate and meaningful dining experience,” said Morimoto. “Many well-known sushi restaurants have a maximum of eight seats – no waiters or additional staff.”
A chef prepares sushi in a restaurant in Tokyo, Japan.
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Many meals in high-end Japanese restaurants are served in an omakase style, where the chefs choose what to serve. This allows chefs to prepare “an adventure like no other” for “an unforgettable multi-course dining experience with fresh fish and various other specialty ingredients reserved for this truly unique meal,” said Morimoto.
While Japan dominates the list of the most expensive restaurants, it may not be the most expensive country overall for people looking for a top Michelin-starred experience.
ONE separate analysis by Chef’s Pencil The study, published in September, analyzed the prices of the most expensive tasting menus in restaurants with two and three Michelin stars.
Japan was fourth on this list.
Denmark is home to Noma, the world’s # 1 restaurant in 2021, according to The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
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Denmark is the most expensive country to dine in a Michelin-starred restaurant, with tasting menus averaging $ 404 per person. The restaurants in Singapore averaged $ 364 and in Sweden $ 327.
The average cost of dinner at a two- or three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Japan is $ 322, according to the report.
While Japanese restaurants are often simple, the most expensive restaurant on Chef Pencil’s restaurant list is the opposite.
Located on the Spanish island of Ibiza, Sublimotion is the world’s first “gastronomic performance,” said founder Eduardo Gonzales.
Part of a 20-course menu in the Sublimotion restaurant on Ibiza.
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The most expensive tasting menu is $ 1,740 per person for a 20-course meal. The 12-seat restaurant uses virtual reality and special effects to add elements of light and sound to the food, he said.
In addition to chefs, a team of engineers, illusionists, screenwriters and composers “worked together for more than 10 years with the aim of maximizing the pleasure at the table,” says Gonzales.
The restaurant, which opened in 2014, is managed by Michelin star chef Paco Roncero, although it has not yet received a star itself.