03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

The Most Delicious City In The World

Tokyo, the neon-clad home of the pickled sea-slug and horseradish chocolate, has eclipsed Paris, London and New York to become, officially, the most delicious city on earth.

The Japanese capital was handed the coveted crown yesterday by Michelin, the French tyre company whose Guides Rouges have been every bon vivant's bible for more than a century.

Eight restaurants, including two high-end sushi joints - one of them with fewer than a dozen seats - were awarded three-star status in the first Michelin Guide for Tokyoafter a selection process shrouded in almost obsessive secrecy.

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