Tokyo is Michelin's most gourmet capital for sixth year
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Tokyo retained its tasty title as the Michelin guide's world gourmet capital on Wednesday, although the number of three-star restaurants fell slightly.
This is the sixth consecutive year the capital of food-obsessed Japan has been awarded top honours by the publishers of a guide book regarded by many as a fine-dining resource.
Tokyo was also lauded for having the most restaurants bearing three-stars – the Michelin guide's top honour – even though the number slipped to 14 from 16 last year.
Japanese gourmet cooking is even more creative, inspired and inventive than in the past, said Michelin Ellis, international director of the Michelin guides.
The quality and skills displayed by chefs in the Kanto region (around Tokyo) are higher every year and confirm Japan's ranking among the world's leading countries in terms of fine dining, he said in a statement.
The awards are highly respected in Japan, a nation with a long tradition of food appreciation. The 2013 edition of the Michelin guide lists restaurants in Tokyo, neighbouring Yokohama city and the coastal Shonan area. There is also a separate guidebook for western Japan, around the ancient capital Kyoto.
All but two of the top-rated restaurants in Tokyo serve Japanese cuisine and include an outlet that specialises in fugu, the pufferfish that can be lethal if improperly prepared.
This year, a total of 242 Tokyo restaurants were awarded stars, ranging from fine-dining European and Japanese establishments to eateries serving more humble treats such as broiled eel, soba buckwheat noodles and kushiage - deep fried meat and vegetables on skewers.
In the guide for the western Kansai region, which came out last month, 12 restaurants garnered three-star ratings, down by three from last year.
Following is a list of the 14 top-rated Tokyo restaurants, and one in the Shonan coastal area, according to the Michelin guide.
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