From whizzing through mouthwateringly fragrant streets on a tuk-tuk, to treading a sodden pier embracing a piping hot bag of fried gold – name a better duo than food and travel. Saying this, venturing to foreign lands doesn’t always ensure that you’ll find the feast you crave. Alongside heading to establishments packed with locals, another sign that guarantees quality is the coveted Michelin Star. Although, It comes with a slight snag: Michelin Stars, alongside high quality, normally mean high prices. Bracing yourself for an economic crash, or just get a kick out of bargains? No problem – our list features the cheapest Michelin Star restaurants out there.
Five of the Cheapest Michelin Star Restaurants
Nestled in the heart of Vienna, this fine-dining restaurant is the go-to for locals seeking a cheap shot of decadence. Brandishing the stellar record of keeping the award since 2014, it is also one of the cheapest Michelin Star restaurants in Europe. Through combining fresh and seasonal products with Alpine and Mediterranean techniques, the menu is as contemporary as it is mouthwatering.
Hailing from Northern Italy, Thomas Pedevilla experiments with textures of everyday products to add an innovative twist to the quality game, seafood, and Alpine vegetables. This finely tuned amalgamation of local produce and kitchen wizardry, means Edvard’s Michelin Star is there to stay.
Villa de l’Etang Blanc, France
Set in the heart of a stunning nature reserve in southern France, dining at Villa de L’Etang Blanc is a sensory indulgence like no other. A stone’s throw away from the coast and overlooking a glimmering lake, the Villa’s magnificent surroundings complement its menu almost entirely sourced from a 15km radius. Their head chef, David Sulpice, works closely with local farmers of Gascon black pig, chicken, and asparagus. Subsequently, the Seignosse kitchen has taken full advantage of the outstanding local produce to craft bold dishes brimming with quality; the Villa’s signature dishes of the phenomenal squab leg served with sweet potato, spiced praline, and peanuts is a star example. With prices starting from £21, it is one of the cheapest Michelin Star restaurants in the world.
The charming city of Dresden is home to a youthful team of chefs conjuring up quality dishes at extremely reasonable prices. It is no surprise that its somewhat trendy team offer exceptional vegetarian and gluten-free dishes. However, Ox tongue, goose soup and other meaty treats also prop up the menu. Upon plodding down to the cosy brick confines of the cellar bar, you’d be forgiven thinking that you’d stumbled across a student bar. In fact, the humble surroundings and chilled approach to service perfectly partner the impeccable exploits of the kitchen. Yet, the greatest shock is the price: dishes here range from here £8 to £30. Yes, that’s not a typo.
Costes Downtown, Hungary
In June 2015 Costes Downtown opened its doors, but with big Michelin star-studded boots to fill. The first restaurant of the Costes brand opened in 2008, and under Portuguese chef, Miguel Rocha Vieira, grabbed the coveted award within two years. Costes Downtown incredibly bettered that record by achieving the feat in one. Open every day of the week, this Hungarian restaurant is a must-visit for those pining for a culinary bargain. Whereas lovers of cooking programmes should book the ‘chef’s table’ to get a live show of a Michelin Star kitchen in full swing. The dishes of white bean soup and pork knuckle, or ‘slightly steamed’ salmon from the Danube, are as delightful as the price. Above all, a 7-course taster menu will only set you back a staggeringly low £20. Head there on a multi-centre tour of the imperial cities of Europe with Exoticca.
Taking inspiration from its strikingly green surroundings, Noble’s team have one aim: to wow. Part ways with a mere £35 to be dazzled by plates awash with vibrance, flair and stellar ingredients. The menu boasts fine dining classics jazzed-up with contemporary ingredients, and other on-trend delights. For instance, Okonomiyaki sits comfortably next to steak tartare, while the unfamiliar pike perch feels at home bathed in miso. Another notable feature is the restaurant’s outstanding wine list – truly shocking for such a reasonably priced eatery.