A map has been created showing the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurants around the world.
Michelin stars have long been the gold standard of dining around the world, bringing to mind tiny yet exquisite dishes for massive price tags, but that’s not always the case, and this map helps diners find high-quality restaurants that might be a little closer to their budget.
Reviewing more than 500 eateries with one, two or three stars, financial insights hub Top Dollar took note of the cheapest places and menu options. Of the 34 countries with Michelin-ranked restaurants, five of them did not have a meal for less than $145.
The final report found 25 one-starred restaurants with menu items that cost less than US$50 (NZ$72).
Initially owned by the tire company, the Michelin guide is considered one of the most secretive publications in the world. The identity of its editors and judges are closely guarded, much to the displeasure of chefs and restauranteurs.
In one case, French chef Marc Veyrat sued Michelin in 2019 after his restaurant, La Maison des Bois, dropped from three to two stars. Veyrat's suit, which demanded more transparency from the system and judges, was lost.
Other chefs have also spoken out about the lack of clear criteria or metrics.