In the world of fine dining, the Michelin Guide is the ultimate arbiter of good taste, reserving its coveted stars for the best restaurants in the world. What does it take to make the grade? Its inspectors are famously secretive, sparking endless speculation: could the slow retrieval of a slyly dropped fork really quash a restaurant’s chances?
What is beyond question is that the food has to be first rate, whether it’s flawless sashimi or a mind-blowing molecular dessert. In Michelin’s own words, one star means “high quality, worth a stop”, two means “excellent” and “worth a detour”, and three are awarded where the cuisine is “exceptional” and “worthy of a special journey”.
You could, of course, add a stay to that detour. The Mandarin Oriental portfolio holds a total of 28 Michelin stars, awarded to 17 restaurants within 13 different hotels. Looking for inspiration? Try these ten for starters.