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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 13 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.

Al’s Place San Francisco

As a city, San Francisco is well respected for its food scene. Al’s Place in the Mission adds to the culinary milieu, using produce and seafood from the Bay Area to plate up Northern California regional cuisine. The neighbourhood restaurant, set up by chef-owner Aaron London, has no dress code and a preference for family-style dining. Dishes start from as little as $3.

  • +1 41 5416 6136
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  • 1499 Valencia Street
    San Francisco
    CA 94110

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

Roganic London

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).

  • +44 20 3370 6260
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  • 5-7 Blandford Street
    Marylebone
    London
    W1U 3DB

Kyourakutei Soba Tokyo

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.

  • +81 3 3269 3233
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  • Shinjuku City
    Kagurazaka
    3 Chome−6
    162-0825

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

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 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.

  • +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
  • Go to Website
  • 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

Lima London

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.

  • 020 3002 2640
  • Go to Website
  • 31 Rathbone Place
    Fitzrovia
    London
    W1T 1JH

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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