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Michelin Names Three-Star Restaurant in Hiroshima Guide

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The cover of the Michelin Guide to Hiroshima for 2013. The book is Michelin's first guide to the western Japanese area. Source: Michelin via Bloomberg.

May 17 (Bloomberg) -- Michelin awarded three stars to Nakashima restaurant in Hiroshima in the inaugural guide to the city and neighboring area in western Japan.

There were two stars for five establishments: Ajiyoshi, Kodama, Sazanka, Tenko Honten and Tokaan. Another 24 restaurants won a single star. The inspectors said cooking standards in Hiroshima were high and based on top-quality ingredients.

“Their travels enabled them to discover gastronomy that is rooted in Japanese tradition as well as local culinary specialties like anago (salt-water eels) and okonomiyaki (Japanese crepe),” Michelin said today in an e-mailed release.

Michelin is generous with its stars in Japan, with Tokyo outstripping Paris for three-star establishments. The new guide follows separate volumes for the Tokyo and Osaka regions.

Three stars mean exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey; two are for excellent cooking, worth a detour; one denotes a very good restaurant in its category. The tire maker has produced restaurant and hotel guides since 1900. They were originally intended for chauffeurs and included motoring tips.

The MICHELIN guide Hiroshima 2013 Special Edition
According to Michelin
Name cuisine type, location

Three stars
Nakashima, Japanese, Hiroshima

Two stars
Ajiyoshi, Japanese, Bingo
Kodama, Japanese, Hiroshima
Sazanka, Japanese, Aki
Tenko Honten, Tempura, Hiroshima
Tokaan, Japanese, Hiroshima

One star
Akatora, Izakaya, Bingo
Erba, Italian, Bingo
Fujitaya, Anago, Aki
Fukumasa, Fugu, Aki
Hanao, Japanese, Hiroshima
Higashiyama, Japanese, Bingo
Hiroto, French, Hiroshima
Hitoshi, Sushi, Hiroshima
Irakuan, Soba, Hiroshima
Iwaso, Ryokan, Aki
Kazura, Japanese, Hiroshima
Kimura, Obanzai, Bingo
Kitaoka, Japanese, Hiroshima
Le Jardin Gourmand, French, Hiroshima
Le Miroir, French, Bingo
Matsukaze, Japanese, Aki
Mille, French, Hiroshima
Ozawa, French, Hiroshima
Shunnashokuzai Tessen, Japanese, Bingo
Sushi Mochizuki, Sushi, Hiroshima
Sushiya Oto, Sushi, Aki
Takotsubo, Japanese, Hiroshima
Tamano, Japanese, Hiroshima
Teuchisoba Esora, Soba, Bingo

(Richard Vines is the chief food critic for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. He is U.K. and Ireland chairman of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards. Opinions expressed are his own.)

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To contact the writer on the story: Richard Vines in London at rvines@bloomberg.net or http://twitter.com/Richardvines

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.

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