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TRAVEL BUCKET LIST: 4 Michelin-starred Restaurants A Short Flight Away From Manila

Travel is equal parts immersing in culture, discovering new destinations, and seeking out adventure—but for many travellers, the best part is experiencing the culinary scene and savoring in gastronomic delights.

Below, we’ve rounded up four Michelin-starred restaurants from all price points—and they’re definitely worth adding to your bucket list. 

1. Bo Innovation (Hong Kong)

Bo Innovation is a three Michelin-star rated restaurant owned by “X-treme Cuisine” chef Alvin Leung. Formerly an engineer, the “Demon Chef” is known for his tattoos, his sunglasses, and of course, his modern interpretations on traditional Chinese food. Bo Innovation breaks free from the preconceptions of what Chinese cuisine should taste like, giving guests a unique experience each time they visit.

Who knew you could have xiao long bao sans the outer dough wrap? 


Meat lovers will enjoy this black truffle-sprinkled wagyu!

Here’s a modern take on egg waffles, a signature Hong Kong snack!

Shop 8, 1/F The Podium, J. Senses, 60 Johnston Road,Wan Chai Hong Kong (Lift entrance at top of Ship Street)

+852 2850 8371

2. Taka by Sushi Saito (Malaysia)

Sushi Saito, a three Michelin star restaurant in Tokyo, opened its only extension in Malaysia. Taka is owned by Chef Takashi Saito, who at age 39 is the youngest sushi chef to receive the highly coveted three stars. This 16-seater restaurant offers a menu that mirrors Sushi Saito’s, including signature dishes abalone (awabi), octopus (tako), tuna (toro), sea eel (anago) and egg (tamago).

All of their ingredients are personally chosen by Chef Saito himself, and are shipped from the Tokyo Tsukiji market to Kuala Lumpur thrice a week.



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St. Regis Hotel No. 6 Jalan Stesen Sentral 2, Kuala Lumpur 50470, Malaysia

+603 2727 1111

3. Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle (Singapore)

Home of the most affordable Michelin Star meal in the world, Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle is a street food stall run by Chan Hon Meng. In 2016, it became one of the first two street food locations in the world to be awarded a coveted star.

Can you believe that a scrumptious meal costs only 2 Singaporean dollars (PHP 76)?



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Block 335 Smith St, #02-127, Chinatown Food Complex

4.Jay Fai (Thailand)

This one-star street food stall is run by Jay Fai, a 72-year-old woman known as “the Queen of Thai street food”. Guests come by to watch this animated chef don ski goggles to cook magnificent crab omelettes over charcoal.


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Samran Rat, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok


Cover photos from Anne C Berry (@annecberry) and Lu Yao (@luyaozers