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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 10 affordable Michelin-starred restaurants around the world – with the cheapest coming in at just over £1. Yes, really.

Carbone New York

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.

Pollen Street Social London

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.

Jagger Copenhagen

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.

Benoit Paris

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.

  • +33 158 002 215
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  • 20 Rue Saint-Martin
    75004 Paris
    France

Paul Ainsworth at No 6: Padstow Cornwall

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.

  • 01841 532 093
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  • 6 Middle Street
    Padstow PL28 8AP
    Cornwall
    UK

Spring London

The pre-theatre Scratch menu at Spring – of Skye Gyngell acclaim – is a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach. Dishes are created using “waste” produce, with a menu that sees organic ingredients such as beetroot tops and potato skins turned into a simple soup, or yesterday’s bread transformed into warm bread pudding topped with a spoonful of last year’s gooseberry jam. Set in the sumptuous surroundings of Somerset House, it’s unsurpassable in design and at just £20 for three courses, it’s a no-brainer.

  • 020 3011 0115
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  • Somerset House
    Lancaster Place
    London
    WC2R 1LA

Tickets Bar Barcelona

This dinner-only Michelin-star tapas spot pays tribute to the legendary dishes that were once created at El Bulli. Run by Ferran Adrià, 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.

  • +34 932 924 252
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  • Avenue del Paraŀlel 164
    08015
    Barcelona
    Spain

Jan Nice

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.

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.

  • +852 2788 1226
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  • G/F 9-11 Fuk Wing Street
    Sham Shui Po
    Hong Kong

Liao Fan Hawker Chan 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
    Singapore
    058972

Liao Fan Hawker Chan, Singapore

Pollen Street Social, London

Jagger, Copenhagen

Benoit, Paris

Paul Ainsworth at No 6: Padstow, Cornwall

Spring, London

Tickets Bar, Barcelona

JAN, Nice

Tim Ho Wan, Hong Kong

Carbone, New York

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