Many of the restaurants that have always earned the coveted Michelin stars tend to reverse this achievement with an expensive menu. Chef’s Pencil magazine analyzed 450 restaurants in order to find the most expensive and least expensive ones. The most expensive can be found in Denmark, while the cheapest are found in Thailand. For the purpose of this study, only two- and three-star restaurants, as well as prices for the top tasting menus, were analyzed.
The study found Thailand to be on the list of countries with the most affordable Michelin-starred restaurants, with an average of $173. In second place was Ireland at $212, and tied in third place with South Korea and Taiwan with $213.
When it comes to the most expensive meals by city, Thailand is still ahead, with an average meal in Bangkok at $173, Lyon at $203, Seoul at $213, Rotterdam at $216, Barcelona at $224, Vienna at $225 and Madrid at $228, Taipei at $232, and Hamburg at $240.
On the flip side, the most expensive country was Denmark at $404, followed by Singapore at $364, Sweden at $327, Japan at $322, the United States at $313, China at $310, the United Kingdom at $301, and France at $300. , and Switzerland. at $292, and Italy at $255.
Breaking it down by city, Copenhagen averages $448, Shanghai $406, Kyoto $401, Paris $358, Stockholm $335, Hong Kong $324, Amsterdam $320, and New York and Milan $309.
Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet in Shanghai is one of the most expensive restaurants in the world. The tasting menu there starts at $618 per person and can go up to $1,547 per person. At Kitcho Arashiyama Honten, the tasting menu will cost you $911.
Chef’s Pencil suggests heading to a Michelin-starred restaurant for lunch for a better deal, as well as picking up menu options, where they are available.
According to the report: “Dining at a Michelin-starred restaurant is on every respectable foodie’s list out there. But it can come at a price.”