Many travelers are aware of the fact that often, the best meals are found in the most unexpected hidden gems of the city. For those preferring a fancy meal, Michelin-Star restaurants are an easy choice thanks to their impeccable service and food quality. But not all Michelin-Star restaurants burn a hole through your wallet. In fact, you can even find delicious menu items for as low as $1.50 USD at some Michelin-approved eateries.
Tim Ho Wan – Hong Kong (1 Michelin Star)
Dim Sums are probably one of my favorite dishes to eat and for those who share my emotions, Tim Ho Wan will definitely catch your attention. These self-labeled “dim sum specialists” are not only one of the hottest eateries in Hong Kong (expect long lines and obviously no pre-reservation allowed) but is also one of the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurants in the world as the dim sum delights are priced around $15-25 each. Get packing already!
Hand and Flowers – Marlow, United Kingdom (2 Michelin Stars)
Amongst the several high-end restaurants establishments in the UK, Hand and Flowers stands out, thanks to its affordable price tags, casual gastropub ambience and delicious food reviews. A two-course set lunch here will run you about $20 USD, while a three-course set can reach up to $25 USD.
Nectari – Barcelona, Spain (1 Michelin Star)
Nestled in one of the most culturally vibrant cities in the world, Nectari is a modern take on traditional Spanish cuisine. For roughly $28 USD, you can get yourself a satisfying three-course meal. A dinner tasting menu option is also available at $60 USD, which by Michelin-Star standards is a reasonably affordable fare. According to reviews, signature dishes to watch out for include the grilled squid, artichoke confit and chanterelles and most seafood dishes on the menu.
The Spotted Pig – New York City, USA (1 Michelin Star)
New York is a melting pot of cultures and cuisines, so when The Spotted Pig – the city’s “first gastropub” opened in doors in 2004, it was no surprise that waiting times went up to an hour. Famed British chef April Bloomfield complements her world-class English and Italian fare with an incredible beer list. Must try: The Spotted Pig’s chargrilled burger with Roquefort cheese and shoestring fries.
Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle – Singapore (1 Michelin Star)
No list of affordable Michelin Star restaurants is complete without Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle – one of the first two street food locations in the world to be awarded a star in the Michelin Guide in 2016. Located in Singapore’s Crawford Lane, the eatery is famous for ‘bak chor mee: firm noodles topped with flavorful minced pork and liver slices for a surprising price of $8 USD although it can start as low as $4 USD, but the price can fluctuate depending on the ingredients you want to add.
The only downfall: you could be standing in queue for up to 2 hours.