13 Affordable Michelin-Starred Restaurants

We’ve drawn up a list of 13 affordable Michelin-starred restaurants around the world – with the cheapest coming in at just over £1. Yes, really.

For millennials, Michelin-starred dining is often reserved for special occasions (read: when your parents take you out for your birthday, if you're lucky). Keen to prove that our dietary habits extend beyond avocado on sourdough, artisan coffee and prosecco, we've drawn up a list of 13 affordable Michelin-starred restaurants around the world - with the cheapest coming in at just over £1. Yes, really.


New York, United States

This one-star Italian-American restaurant from Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick promotes family-style dining and pays homage to the essence of the great Italian-American restaurants of mid-20th century in New York. "Stylish servers - who work the floor with a little flirt and lot of flair" - remain in character while presenting popular dishes including chicken scarpariello, veal parmesan and New York cheesecake. Hefty prices tags needn't be a deterrent as generous portions and an eye on the menu's cheaper items ensure your meal remains on the right side of affordable.


181 Thompson Street NY 10012

Pollen Street Social

London, United Kingdom

Jason Atherton's contemporary bistro, Pollen Street Social, does informal dining with a slick finish. With a fleet of restaurants under his direction, it's no surprise that Pollen Street has a distinctly Michelin vibe. Opt for a lunch sitting - two courses for £32 - and skip the starter in favour of pudding. Those with a seat at the bar will delight in watching the pastry chefs whip up dessert with style and flair.


8-10 Pollen Street W1S 1NQ


Copenhagen, Denmark

Former Michelin-starred chef Rasmus Oubæk has redirected his focus toward fast food. Opening Jagger in 2016, the burger joint has been named as one of the best in Copenhagen. All restaurants are come and go, eat in or take out. Serving up gloriously greasy burgers and thin-cut, skin-on fries, this place is fine-dining fast-food and we're into it.


Istegade 62 DK–1650

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Opened 1912, Benoit is the only Parisian bistro to feature in the Michelin Guide. Part of the Ducase group since 2005, Benoit's atmosphere is warm and welcoming. The decor unites brass benches, carved-glass panels and marble columns, matched by its menu of classic French cuisine. The €39 lunch menu is varied and never disappoints.


20 Rue Saint-Martin 75004 Paris France



Simon Rogan's Michelin-starred Roganic offers a four-course business lunch for £35. Bringing elements of L'Enclume (Rogan's two-Michelin-starred restaurant in the Lake District) with produce predominantly sourced from Simon's farm in the Cartmel Valley, Roganic offers a taste of country living in the city. The menu at this Marylebone outpost changes seasonally (giving us ample reason to return a minimum of four times per year).


5-7 Blandford Street Marylebone London W1U 3DB

Kyourakutei Soba


This small soba restaurant located a five-minute walk from Iidabashi Station plays down its Michelin-star prestige. Famous for its handmade soba noodles, which are milled fresh on the day they're served, Kyourakutei Soba's fresh tempura and local sake are two equally popular pairings. For those overwhelmed by choices on offer (the menu is long), we suggest the Ten Zaru or Kisetsu Ten Zaru sets.


Shinjuku City Kagurazaka 3 Chome−6 162-0825

Paul Ainsworth at No 6: Padstow


Located in a beautiful Georgian townhouse, Paul Ainsworth at No 6 is a seaside delight. Situated on the north coast of Cornwall, the restaurant serves modern British food that favours the best of Cornish produce. Diners can enjoy dishes by head chef John Walton and the lunch menu offers three courses for £29.


6 Middle Street Padstow PL28 8AP Cornwall UK

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Barcelona, Spain

This dinner-only Michelin-star tapas spot pays tribute to the legendary dishes that were once created at El Bulli. Run by Albert Adrià (the pastry chef at El Bulli), plates average at €12 making it the most sought-after table in Barcelona. Bookings can only be made via the website - get online as far in advance as you can.


Avenue del Paraŀlel 164 08015



South African-born chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen learnt his trade working on private yachts in Monaco before setting up this 24-seater restaurant. Located near the Old Port, the three-course lunch menu is €55 (a little pricier than others on our list) but Jan occasionally offers a two-course market lunch for €30 - a rarity on the Riviera.


12 Rue Lascaris 06300 Nice France

Tim Ho Wan

Hong Kong

Before Singapore's Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle, the cheapest Michelin-starred meal in the world was said to be at Hong Kong dim-sum joint Tim Ho Wan. The Hong Kong Island outpost at North Point, Sham Shui Po ensures speedy service, bearable queues and come lunch or dinner, a meal for two will set you back about £25.


G/F 9-11 Fuk Wing Street Sham Shui Po Hong Kong

Liao Fan Hawker Chan

Singapore, Singapore

The world's cheapest Michelin-starred meal costs SG$2 (just over £1). Singapore's Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle, a humble hawker stall, received one star in the city state's inaugural Michelin Guide in July 2016 and hype spread fast. Opening a second location to keep up with demand, Liao Fan Hawker Chan is a casual dine-in offshoot located metres away from his Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre-based stall. Meng's legendary Cantonese-style soya sauce chicken rice is a must.


78 Smith Street 058972

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As the first Peruvian restaurant to achieve a Michelin star, Lima is proud as punch of its accolades. Not resting on its laurels, the Fitzrovia outpost plates up unique, boldly flavoured dishes - think artichoke tamale and corn-fed chicken causa, served with spiced yellow potato, fresh avocado and spring onion salsa - daily. The lunch set menu will set you back a modest £18 for two courses.


31 Rathbone Place Fitzrovia London W1T 1JH

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