Michelin Unveils first-ever Restaurant and Hotel Selections for Los Angeles and Las Vegas



    LOS ANGELES, CA, Nov. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Michelin today released the
first-ever editions of the Michelin Guide for Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
    The Michelin Guide Los Angeles 2008 features 290 establishments in all, a
number that includes 263 restaurants - representing 29 types of cuisine - and
27 hotels.
    The Michelin Guide Las Vegas 2008 features 127 restaurants and 30 hotels.
    Among restaurants receiving stars, Las Vegas garnered one three-star
restaurant, Joel Robuchon; three (3) two-star restaurants and 12 one-star
restaurants. Three restaurants in Los Angeles were awarded two Michelin stars,
including Mélisse, Spago and sushi specialist Urusawa. Fifteen restaurants in
Los Angeles were awarded one Michelin star. The complete listings for both
guides are available at www.michelinguide.com.
    To ensure a consistent selection, the same five criteria are used for
awarding stars in all countries: product quality, preparation and flavors, the
cuisine's personality, value for money and consistency.

    One star (*) means a very good restaurant in its category.
    Two stars (*)(*) mean excellent cooking, worth a detour.
    Three stars (*)(*)(*) mean exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey.

    The results of the Michelin Guide Los Angeles 2008 and Michelin Guide Las
Vegas 2008 will be celebrated during a special panel discussion and book
signing event at 7 p.m., Wed., Nov. 14 at Barnes & Noble at The Grove at
Farmers Market. Panelists will include Jean-Luc Naret, director of the
Michelin Guide; Barbara Fairchild, editor-in-chief of Bon Appétit; Leslie
Brenner, editor of the Los Angeles Times food section and Evan Kleiman,
restaurateur, author and host of "Good Food" on KCRW.
    In Los Angeles, Michelin will host an exclusive party Monday evening,
Nov. 12 at Les Deux. In Las Vegas, Michelin will host an exclusive celebration
at Blush Nightclub at the Wynn on Thursday evening, Nov. 15.
    The presentation of each hotel and restaurant in the Michelin Guide Los
Angeles 2008 and Michelin Guide Las Vegas 2008 includes a description of the
atmosphere, interior decoration, chef's background, etc. These descriptions
are intended solely to provide readers with additional information about the
establishment.
    Present in North America since late 2005, the Michelin Guide now has four
local editions: The Michelin Guide New York City, now in its third edition,
and the second edition Michelin Guide San Francisco, Bay Area & the Wine
Country and the two North American guides, the Michelin Guide Los Angeles 2008
and the Michelin Guide Las Vegas 2008.
    In Europe, the collection currently comprises 17 Michelin Guides,
including English-language versions of the Michelin Guide France and the
Michelin Guide Paris. The Michelin Guide is also making its entry into Asia
with the publication of the first edition of the Michelin Guide Tokyo 2008 in
November.
    Thanks to a rigorous selection process that is applied independently and
consistently around the world, the Michelin Guide has become an international
benchmark in gourmet dining. The selection is made by anonymous, professional
inspectors who are Michelin employees and is based on the same working methods
in all countries.
    The Michelin Guide Los Angeles 2008 goes on sale on Wed., Nov. 14 for
$14.95, and the Michelin Guide Las Vegas 2008 goes on sale on Fri., Nov. 16
for $12.95. Langenscheidt Publishing Group, premier publisher of map, travel,
and language brands, is the exclusive U.S. distributor of Michelin Maps and
Guides. For more information, please visit www.langenscheidt.com/michelin. The
Michelin Guide Los Angeles 2008 and Michelin Guide Las Vegas 2008 complement
the existing catalog of Michelin maps and guides, as well as Langenscheidt's
own extensive catalog of leading U.S., international, and regional maps,
guides, and atlases.

    For more than a century, Michelin Guides have helped travelers enjoy
better mobility by offering qualified restaurant and hotel recommendations
throughout Europe. Now representing 21 countries and two continents, the
collection of 17 Michelin Guides includes more than 45,000 addresses. Its team
of highly trained inspectors visits establishments anonymously, applying
Michelin's international standards for quality across many categories. In
North America, the company has introduced Michelin Guides for New York City,
San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Michelin
will introduce the Michelin Guide to Tokyo, Japan later this month. For more
information, visit www.michelinguide.com.

    
    The Michelin Guide Los Angeles 2008

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                               MICHELIN STARS
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    Total number of         One star (*)            Two stars (*)(*)
    restaurants
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    263                     15                      3
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    35                      Establishments offering a simple menu
                                       at less than $25
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                       Cuisines included in Guide: 29
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    American                European                Korean
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    Argentinean             French                  Latin American
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    Asian                   Fusion                  Mediterranean
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    Bakery                  Gastropub               Mexican
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    Bulgarian               Greek                   Moroccan
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    Californian             Indian                  Persian
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    Chinese                 International           Seafood
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    Contemporary            Italian                 Southwestern
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    Ethiopian               Japanese                Steakhouse
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                                                    Thai
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                                                    Vegan
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                         MICHELIN RESTAURANT RATINGS
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                       ONE STAR (*) (by neighborhood)
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    ESTABLISHMENT           CITY                    NEIGHBORHOOD
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    Asanebo                 Studio City             Ventura Boulevard
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    CUT                     Beverly Hills           Beverly Hills
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    Dining Room at the      Pasadena                Pasadena
    Ritz-Carlton,
    Huntington (The)
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    Joe's                   Venice                  Santa Monica Bay
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    La Botte                Santa Monica            Santa Monica Bay
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    Matsuhisa               Beverly Hills           Beverly Hills
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    Mori Sushi              Los Angeles             Westside
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    Ortolan                 Hollywood               Hollywood
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    Patina                  Los Angeles             Greater Downtown
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    Providence              Hollywood               Hollywood
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    Saddle Peak Lodge       Calabasas               Ventura Boulevard
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    Sona                    Hollywood               Hollywood
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    Trattoria Tre Venezie   Pasadena                Pasadena
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    Valentino               Santa Monica            Santa Monica Bay
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    Water Grill             Los Angeles             Greater Downtown
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                       TWO STARS (*)(*) (by neighborhood)
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    ESTABLISHMENT           CITY                    NEIGHBORHOOD
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    Mélisse                 Santa Monica            Santa Monica Bay
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    Spago                   Beverly Hills           Beverly Hills
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    Urasawa                 Beverly Hills           Beverly Hills
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                      The Michelin Guide Las Vegas 2008

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    MICHELIN STARS
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    Total number of   One star          Two stars         Three stars
    restaurants       (*)               (*)(*)            (*)(*)(*)
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    127               12                3                 1
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    13                Establishments offering a simple menu
                                   at less than $25
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                       Cuisines included in Guide: 25
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    American          Chinese           Italian           Thai
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    Asian             Contemporary      Japanese
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                      French            Mediterranean
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    Barbeque          Fusion            Mexican
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                      Gastropub         Moroccan
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    Brazilian         German            Seafood
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                      Hawaiian          Southwestern
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    Californian       Indian            Spanish
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    Caribbean         International     Steakhouse
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                         MICHELIN RESTAURANT RATINGS
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                       ONE STAR (*) (by neighborhood)
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    ESTABLISHMENT           NEIGHBORHOOD            HOTEL
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    Alizé                   West of the Strip       Palms
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    Andre's (Downtown)      Downtown                None
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    Aureole                 The Strip               Mandalay Bay
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    Bradley Ogden           The Strip               Caesar's Palace
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    Daniel Boulud Brasserie The Strip               Wynn
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    L'Atelier de            The Strip               MGM Grand
    Joel Robuchon
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    Le Cirque               The Strip               Bellagio
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    Mesa Grill              The Strip               Caesar's Palace
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    Michael Mina            The Strip               Bellagio
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    miX                     The Strip               Mandalay Bay
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    Nobu                    East of The Strip       Hard Rock
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    Wing Lei                The Strip               Wynn
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                       TWO STARS (*) (by neighborhood)
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    ESTABLISHMENT           NEIGHBORHOOD            HOTEL
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    Alex                    The Strip               Wynn
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    Guy Savoy               The Strip               Caesar's Palace
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    Picasso                 The Strip               Bellagio
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                            THREE STARS (*)(*)(*)
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    ESTABLISHMENT           NEIGHBORHOOD            HOTEL
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    Joel Robuchon           The Strip               MGM Grand
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For further information:

For further information: in North America, please contact: Tate
Hoxworth, Michelin North America, Inc., 1-864-458-4335; Ceci De La Montanya,
Allison & Partners, 1-707-486-8899; Gina Garza, Langenscheidt Publishing
Group, 1-718-784-0055; Outside of North America, please contact: Michelin
Media Relations Department, 00 33 1 45 66 22 22; HI-RES PHOTOS AND
DOWNLOADABLE TEXT AVAILABLE AT www.michelinmedia.com


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