Tuesday, May 18, 2010

New Michelin guidebook to cover Yokohama, Kamakura

Apparently the next Michelin guide to Tokyo will also cover Yokohama and Kamakura.

When Michelin first brought out a guide to Tokyo a few years ago, there was much brouhaha (also here) about how foreign barbarians couldn't possibly be able to properly judge Japan's uniquely unique haute cuisine, and they seemed to hand out stars like confetti, especially to the sort of absurdly pretentious places where you need a personal introduction in order to even be admitted into the restaurant.

I have to wonder what they will find in Kamakura to be worthy of Michelin stars. I mean, I very much enjoy some of the restaurants here - it is far better than you'd find in any normal Japanese town this size, presumably due to the huge numbers of day-trippers and foreign visitors - but there is nothing that I'd really associate with Michelin stars.

Anyway, I'll be interested to see what they say - and maybe they will have one or two new suggestions for us to try.

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