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5 Very Affordable Michelin Starred Restaurants In Tokyo


Here is a list of 5 Michelin starred restaurants in Tokyo where you can enjoy a surprisingly affordable meal. Most of the restaurants start at just ¥1,000!

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TimHoWan In Hibiya

TimHoWan is famous for being the cheapest Michelin restaurant. Originally from Hong Kong, it now has a location in Hibiya, Tokyo since April 2018. The dim sum restaurant serves items that are around ¥500.

When you visit, you need to try these famous menu items.
The baked BBQ pork buns are made with roasted pork wrapped in a soft bun, which is perfectly crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.
The steamed rice roll is exquisite. You should probably order quite a few plates because you won't want to share this one!
The pan-fried turnip cake is made with daikon and is soft, yet crispy on the outside and has the shrimp accentuates the taste beautifully.
For dessert, you should finish your meal with an incredibly soft steamed egg cake.

Tsuta In Sugamo

Tsuta in Sugamo is the first ever ramen restaurant that was awarded a Michelin star. It definitely would have to come close to being the most refined and modern bowl of ramen to date. There are three main flavour profiles of ramen at Tsuta. Shoyu (soy-based broth), Shio (salt-based broth), and miso. Each of the soups' base is composed of carefully selected ingredients like chicken, herbs, clams and more. For MSG haters, there's no MSG added with the ingredients providing a good "umami" profile.
To eat a Tsuta, there is a bit of a process. First, you need to get there early and get time-slot tickets, then come back at your allotted time for your ramen. Time slots run for every hour from 11 am to 4 pm.

Soba Sasuga In Ginza

Soba Sasuga is one of the few soba noodle restaurants that makes its noodles exclusively from buckwheat flour. Handmade 100% buckwheat noodles are extremely difficult to make. For that reason, and because the noodles have a refined taste that harmonizes perfectly with the dipping sauces and soups, the restaurant was awarded a Michelin star. The dishes here are very simple yet incredibly delectable, and best of all, menu items start at around ¥1,000!

Katsuzen In Ginza

Katsuzen is a restaurant specialized in tonkatsu (とんかつ), which is panko-friend pork cutlets. The pork loin is so incredibly tender and flavorful, in fact, so much so that is was awarded a Michelin Star. For dinner, it can be expensive with meals averaging around ¥15,000 but for lunch, it's surprisingly much more affordable at around ¥4,000.

Kyourakutei In Kagurazaka

Kyourakutei is another small restaurant that specializes in soba noodles. You can also eat there some outstanding tempura and drink some local sake. The restaurant has a nice and retro atmosphere. There are both table and counter seats. You can watch the chefs cooking dishes like tempura from the counter seats.
The restaurant is located in the beautiful Kagurazaka area, at a 4-minute walk from the Iidabashi station.

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