When you picture a Michelin-starred restaurant, images of waiters in tuxedos, white tablecloths, and portion sizes that feel a bit too small probably come to mind. And if you're a budget-conscious diner, it's easy to fall into the trap of thinking that a Michelin-starred eatery has to be expensive. But how does $45 for a three-course meal sound?
If you know where to look, there are affordable Michelin-rated restaurants all around the world, and Top Dollar, a financial insights hub, has mapped them out to help foodies find world-class meals at friendly prices.
Top Dollar reviewed over 500 one-, two-, and three-Michelin-starred restaurants, taking note of their cheapest menu options. There are 34 countries in the world with Michelin-ranked restaurants, and in five of them, Top Dollar couldn't find a Michelin meal for under $100.
Top Dollar's final report features 25 one-starred restaurants where the menu comes in at under $50, including the world's cheapest Michelin meal at Hostellerie la Montagne in Colombey-les-Deux-Églises. The French restaurant offers a seasonal menu for about $25. Outside of Europe, the most affordable meal can be found at Three Coins in Taipei, Taiwan. "The menu is classic Cantonese, with occasional Taiwanese touches, such as the simple but tasty steamed abalone with dried and fresh tomatoes," writes the Michelin Guide's reviewer. The set menu costs about $36.
The report also features another 75 entries with restaurants costing under $100. While there are no three-star restaurants offering a meal for under $100, the cheapest three-star meal can also be found in Taiwan at Le Palais, where you can get a meal for $138.63. In the U.S., the cheapest three-star meal costs only a bit more — $175 at New York City's Le Bernardin.
To see the full list of affordable Michelin-starred meals, check out Top Dollar's full report.
Jessica Poitevien is a Travel + Leisure contributor currently based in South Florida, but she's always on the lookout for her next adventure. Besides traveling, she loves baking, talking to strangers, and taking long walks on the beach. Follow her adventures on Instagram.
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