Forget Paris... try a taste of Tokyo which has more three-starred Michelin restaurants

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Gourmet capital? Paris has lost its crown to Tokyo which has the city with the most Michelin three-starred restaurants

Paris has been overtaken by Tokyo as the city with the most three Michelin-starred restaurants in the world.

The French capital is traditionally viewed by the so-called 'foodie's bible' as the world centre of gourmet dining.

But now 11 restaurants in the Japanese city have been awarded the coveted three stars - one more than in Paris.

Japan is also the world's moststarred city with 261 stars in total --34 more than last year - awarded to 197 restaurants.

Tokyo overtook Paris two years ago for having the highest total of stars in the city, but now has the highest number of the coveted three-star awards, although Paris points out it has only 40,000 restaurants in the city, compared to 160,000 in Tokyo.

Jean-Luc Naret, director of Michelin Guides, said: 'Tokyo is by far the world capital of gastronomy and now also has the most three-star restaurants.

'The city has great quality ingredients, from the sea, from the mountains and the quality of the chefs is excellent.'

London has just one threestarred restaurant in the 2009 Michelin guide - Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea.

One star equals a very good restaurant, two means excellent cuisine worthy of a detour, while three indicates exceptional food deserving a 'special trip'.

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