Michelin-starred Ramen From A Used Car Dealership

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FOOD: Michelin-Starred Ramen From a Used Car Dealership

A used car dealership in Tottori, Japan, has become the unlikely recipient of a Michelin star for their 800 yen ramen. Katsumi Yoshida, owner of Tottori’s modest ‘Hot Air’ restaurant, began selling ramen alongside his auto-shop in 2012.

After years spent perfecting his recipe for additive-free broth, Yoshida’s hot ramen bowls proved so tasty that word quickly spread. He soon earned himself a legion of local fans and at the end of last year, the unexpected accolade of a place in Michelin’s ‘Bib Gourmand’ listings – an exclusive guide to restaurants that deliver Michelin-grade meals for under 5,000 yen.

Read on for a look inside Japan’s least-likely Michelin-starred restaurant, and if you find yourself in the area, keep an eye on Yoshida’s Twitter where he regularly updates his opening hours.

Image: Alison Marras


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