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5 best Michelin Star restaurants to visit in Asia

Michelin star is indisputably the topmost accolade a restaurant can earn in the culinary world, and chefs all over the world dedicate their lives to earning one! Unfortunately, Michelin doesn’t publish a guide for India and thus no restaurants in India have any stars. Currently Michelin covers only Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, Seoul, Shanghai and Taipei in the Asian region. Somewhere in the near future, Michelin will probably start awarding stars to restaurants in the Indian sub-continent too, but till then, food connoisseurs from India will need to travel abroad if they want to experience food nirvana in a Michelin Star Restaurant.

Winning a third Michelin star is something that very few restaurants ever achieve. According to the Michelin guide if a restaurant has earned 3 stars, ‘it has exceptional cuisine that is worth a special journey with ingredients that are exemplary and cooking elevated to an art form.’ We list the best 5 Michelin 3-star restaurants close to home. If you are a true foodie, go on that special journey to delight your taste buds.

Caprice, Hong Kong

Chef Guillaume Galliot brought with him a distinct cooking style of expertly
executed French cuisine when he joined this well-established Hong Kong destination in April 2017. This glamourous and elegant restaurant is located on the fourth floor of the Four Season’s Hotel in Hong Kong. Not only can you relish French cuisine of the highest order, you can do so in the perfect setting as Caprice boasts impressive views of the harbour. You can enjoy an extensive range of wines from Bordeaux to Burgundy, along with a cellar full of artisanal French cheese and specialities like Beef-oyster Tartare and Caviar, Crab Laksa with Confit Egg, Racan pigeon from Maison Bellor, Brittany Lobster Ravioli, Beetroot Acini di Pepe Pasta, amongst others. To complete the meal, you can savour the creations of Nicolas Lambert who was voted the best pastry chef in 2018.

La Palais, Taipei

Located on the 17th floor of the five-star Palais de Chine hotel, Le Palais, despite its French name (which literally translates to “The Palace”) serves delicious Cantonese dim sum and Chinese banquet fare in its six luxurious private VIP rooms. Helming the kitchen is culinary master chef duo Executive Chef Matt Chen and Head Chef Ken Chan. The lavishly furnished dining room is relatively modern with ceramic art, calligraphy and paintings rendering a traditional touch to the decor. Some of the Chef’s Specials include Abalone and Edible Bird’s Nests, Palais de Chine Steamed King Prawn Dumplings, Steamed Rice Rolls with Shrimp and Chinese Doughnuts, Baked Barbecue Pork Buns, Baked Char Siew Bao and Cantonese-style Crispy Roast Duck.

Gaon, South Korea

Providing only the finest, seasonal, authentic Korean dining, the real masterstroke at Gaon is focusing on the ingredients themselves, and an appreciation for their distinct natural flavours. Submitting your palate to the expertise and brilliant creativity of Chef Kim Byoung-Jin – and the optional wine pairing – is a journey through Korean culinary art and culture. Korean cooking is traditionally dignified, and while the dishes at Gaon are not without creative flair, there is a humble simplicity to their composition. Made with the best ingredients each season has to offer, the food here is meticulously presented on custom-designed KwangJuYo ceramic vessels. The restaurant has 5 private rooms with only tasting menu available.

Jade Dragon, Macau

Located on the second floor of the Crown Towers Hotel within the City of Dreams casino complex, the spectacular designer décor and impeccable personalized service of Jade Dragon sets the benchmark for fine dining in Macau. The palatial restaurant is split into five different areas, each with its own opulent design and colour scheme. Expect plenty of gold, jade, embroidery, thick carpets and beautiful Chinese drawings and exquisite vases. The restaurant also has 11 private dining rooms connected directly to the car park by private lifts to enable famous guests to enter in complete secrecy. Executive Chinese Chef Tam Kwok Fung lays emphasis on cooking Chinese cuisine that is beneficial for health and helps preserve the body’s nutritional balance. Some of his signature dishes are Iberico Pork Barbecued over Lychee Wood, Hot and Sour Crab Soup, Crispy Suckling Pig with Caviar, a variety of Dim Sums, Chinese Almond Crème Brûlée with Bird’s Nest and Honey, to name a few.

Sushi Saito, Tokyo, Japan

Some consider it to be the best sushi restaurant in the world, and it is a privilege to be able to get a reservation here! The restaurant only seats eight people and there is no website and it is booked several months in advance. Your best bet is to try to get an invite from a regular or hire the private dining room, which has its own counter and seats seven. This tiny place with spartan décor follows the ‘Omakase’ tradition, which means you give the chef creative freedom to treat the customer to a memorable dining experience. It is truly a pleasure to dine here as you get to watch the soft-spoken sushi master Takashi Saito churn out his pieces of art.