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Araki Sushi Restaurant Wins Third Michelin Star

Owner and chef Mitsuhiro Araki at the restaurant
(Courtesy: The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

A restaurant with just nine seats has recently won its third Michelin star. Situated in London, the British eatery is a sushi restaurant by Japanese chef Mitsuhiro ARAKI. Named after the chef himself, the restaurant "Araki" increased the number of top-rated restaurants in the UK to five.

Araki, opened on Regent Street in 2014, has joined the list of top rated restaurants in the updated Michelin Guide to Great Britain and Ireland, announced early this week. This news means that chef Araki retrieves the three stars he won at his Edomae sushi restaurant in Tokyo before he brought it to the UK three years back.

“With its nine-seater counter, Araki has gone from strength to strength. When chef Mitsuhiro Araki moved to London in 2014, he set himself the challenge of using largely European fish and his sushi is now simply sublime,” said Michael Ellis, the international director of the Michelin guides. The restaurant's website boasts that “every seat is at the chef’s table” and has only one menu, the omakase sushi menu, priced at £300 a person, and also notes it is “unable to accommodate dietary requirements.”

The four other restaurants that retained their three-star rating on the new list are Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester in Park Lane; Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck and Alain Roux’s Waterside Inn in Bray, Berkshire; and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea. According to the current list, 21 British restaurants now have two Michelin stars.

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the restaurant.