Dining at a Michelin starred restaurant was once only a dream for most people, with the most expensive meal currently costing almost $2,000 at Sublimotion in Ibiza. However, if you’ve seen the new movie Crazy Rich Asians- you may remember Nick taking Rachel to eat when they first arrive in Singapore at the cheapest Michelin starred meals in the world. These are actually real stands and luckily for us, Traveloka recently ranked the top 50 cheapest Michelin meals around the globe.
To start us off at only $2.20 US per plate- is a street food stall in Outram, Singapore, recognized in Crazy Rich Asians- Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle. In 2016, it became the first street food location in the world to be awarded a star in the Michelin Guide.
Next, a close second is Tim Ho Wan in Hong Kong, costing only $3.80 US per plate. This dim sum has long been dubbed the cheapest sit-down Michelin restaurant in the world.
Third is Hamo in Seoul, costing $7.10 US per plate. The owners are soybean farmers who make all the fermented condiments from scratch, with an aim to reinterpret the forgotten Jinju-style bibimbap.
The second food stall to earn a Michelin star is Bangkok-based, Jay Fai, coming in 5th on the list costing $12 US per plate. Jay Fai has long-been drawing crowds for her iconic crab omelettes, congee and curries.
Shortly after being named Chef of the Year in 2016, Vicent Guimerà’s L’Antic Molí was awarded a Michelin star. This former flour mill is located in the middle of the Spanish country between Barcelona and Valencia. Their set lunch menu only costs $16 US, coming in 9th, and the only European restaurant in the top 10.
As for North America, the cheapest you can get is at Al’s Place the Mission district of San Francisco, costing $18 US per plate. With seasonal, ingredient-driven menu, vegetables are the focus of these art-like meals, just squeezing into 10th place on the affordable list.
Eight out of the top 10 are located within Asia, so if you’re heading East anytime soon be sure to check out as many as you can! Otherwise, a trip down to San Francisco will get you a Michelin Meal without breaking the bank, too.