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Michelin munchies: Strange stars

A Bangkok street food stall is the latest low-key venue to be awarded a Michelin star — work up an appetite for these other Michelin-starred restaurants in unusual places

By Sarah Barrell
Published 22 Feb 2018, 15:15 GMT, Updated 12 Jul 2021, 16:53 BST
Fäviken, Järpen, Sweden
Fäviken, Järpen, Sweden

Street food legend, 70-year old Jay Fai, has just seen her eponymous restaurant in Banglumphu, close to Bangkok's Khao San Road, awarded a Michelin star — but don't expect cheap eats here. This tiny restaurant is famed for serving crisp, seafood-stuffed omelettes costing 1,000 Thai baht (£23) and drunken noodles, which are a couple of pounds less. Expect long waits for sit-down service: there are barely any tables and the kitchen seems to focus on serving the constant hailstorm of take-away orders. 327 Maha Chai Rd, Khwaeng Samran Rat.

Starry Singapore street food
The only other street food eats to make Michelin's one-star list are both in Singapore: Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle, and Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle (serving Hong Kong-style soya sauce chicken noodles). A starry supper at these modest venues costs around £1.60.

The Man Behind the Curtain
Hidden above an unassuming clothes shop in Leeds, this concrete box of a restaurant serves foie gras donuts, and an 'emancipation of black cod' against a backdrop of splatter paint and sprayed graffiti.

Dim sum star
At the Hong Kong branch of celebrated dim sum chain, Tim Ho Wan, chef Mak Kwai Pui dishes up steamed egg cake and baked buns with barbecue pork for less than the price of a pint. 9-11 Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po.

Fäviken, Järpen, Sweden
Is this the world's most isolated fine-dining restaurant? Set in a 19th-century clapboard farmhouse estate in Sweden's remote Åre Municipality, chef Magnus Nilsson serves up locally grown produce, which includes plenty of pickled and cured goodies. There's also a B&B upstairs.

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Published in the March 2018 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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