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One Three-star Restaurant - Joel Robuchon at MGM Grand
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Michelin Reveals 2009 Restaurant and Hotel Selections for Los Angeles and Las Vegas 

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 20, 2008 - Michelin released today its hotel and restaurant selections for the second editions of the MICHELIN guide Los Angeles 2009 and the MICHELIN guide Las Vegas 2009. 

Among restaurants receiving stars, Las Vegas again garnered one three-star restaurant, Joel Robuchon; three two-star restaurants and 13 one-star restaurants. Four restaurants in Los Angeles were awarded two Michelin stars, including Melisse, Spago, Urusawa, and new two-star restaurant Providence. Sixteen restaurants in Los Angeles were awarded one Michelin star. The complete listings for both guides are available at www.michelinguide.com.

The MICHELIN Guide Los Angeles 2009

TWO STARS (**) (by neighborhood)
  ESTABLISHMENT                        CITY                  NEIGHBORHOOD
  Melisse                        Santa Monica     Santa Monica Bay
  Providence                     Hollywood        Hollywood
  Spago                          Beverly Hills    Beverly Hills
  Urasawa                        Beverly Hills    Beverly Hills

ONE STAR (*) (by neighborhood)
  ESTABLISHMENT                       CITY                         NEIGHBORHOOD
  Asanebo                        Studio City      Ventura Boulevard
  Bastide (new)                  Hollywood        Hollywood
  CUT                            Beverly Hills    Beverly Hills
  Dining Room at the Langham (The)             Pasadena         Pasadena
  Gordon Ramsay at the London (new)           Hollywood        Hollywood
  Hatfield's (new)               Hollywood        Hollywood
  La Botte                       Santa Monica     Santa Monica Bay
  Mori Sushi                     Los Angeles      Westside
  Ortolan                        Hollywood        Hollywood
  Osteria Mozza (new)            Hollywood        Hollywood
  Patina                         Los Angeles      Greater Downtown
  Sona                           Hollywood        Hollywood
  Sushi Zo (new)                 Los Angeles      Westside
  Trattoria Tre Venezie          Pasadena         Pasadena
  Valentino                      Santa Monica     Santa Monica Bay
  Water Grill                    Los Angeles      Greater Downtown

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The MICHELIN Guide Las Vegas 2009
THREE STARS (***)
  ESTABLISHMENT                 NEIGHBORHOOD         HOTEL
  Joel Robuchon                 The Strip            MGM Grand

TWO STARS (**)
  ESTABLISHMENT                 NEIGHBORHOOD         HOTEL
  Alex                          The Strip            Wynn
  Guy Savoy                     The Strip            Caesar's Palace
  Picasso                       The Strip            Bellagio

ONE STAR (*)
  ESTABLISHMENT                 NEIGHBORHOOD         HOTEL
  Alize                         West of the Strip    Palms
  Andre's (Downtown)            Downtown             None
  Aureole                       The Strip            Mandalay Bay
  Bradley Ogden                 The Strip            Caesar's Palace
  Daniel Boulud Brasserie       The Strip            Wynn
  DJT                           The Strip            Trump International Hotel & Tower
  L'Atelier de Joel             The Strip            MGM Grand
  Le Cirque                     The Strip            Bellagio
  Michael Mina                  The Strip            Bellagio
  miX                           The Strip            Mandalay Bay
  Nobu                          East of The Strip    Hard Rock
  Restaurant Charlie            The Strip            Palazzo
  Wing Lei                      The Strip            Wynn

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For the first time, the MICHELIN guide Los Angeles 2009 also includes the Bib Gourmand category, featuring 26 restaurants serving a meal (two dishes and a glass of wine or dessert) for $40 or less. The restaurants awarded this distinction are identified by a red pictogram depicting the head of the Michelin Man. This guide also features 39 restaurants where you can eat for less than $25. These establishments are indicated by the coins pictogram.

While the MICHELIN guide is known around the world for its famous stars, these restaurants account for just ten percent of the selection. With more than 1.2 million copies sold in approximately 100 countries, the MICHELIN guide has always built its success on the diversity of its selection and especially on small establishments offering a high-quality dining experience at an affordable price, of which the best are included in the "Our inspectors' favorites for good value" category. Moreover, inclusion in the MICHELIN guide is, in itself, synonymous with quality, since only the best establishments in each comfort and price category are selected.

Also new for 2009, consumers will have the option to access the North American MICHELIN guide selections on their mobile phones through a licensing agreement with mobile content provider UBI UBI. The content for all four U.S. MICHELIN guides, which include New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas, will be available by subscription beginning in October 2008. For more information, please visit www.ubiubi.mobi.

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 presentation of each hotel and restaurant in the MICHELIN guide Los Angeles 2009 and MICHELIN guide Las Vegas 2009 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 fourth edition, the third edition MICHELIN guide San Francisco, Bay Area & the Wine Country and the second edition of its two latest North American guides, the MICHELIN guide Los Angeles 2009 and the MICHELIN guide Las Vegas 2009.

In Europe, the collection currently comprises 21 MICHELIN guides, including English-language versions of the MICHELIN Guide France and the MICHELIN guide Paris. The MICHELIN guide's Asian editions include the MICHELIN guide Tokyo, and the MICHELIN guide Hong Kong & Macao debuting in December 2008.

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.

Both the MICHELIN guide Los Angeles 2009 ($14.95) and the MICHELIN guide Las Vegas 2009 ($12.95) go on sale Tues., Oct. 21 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.

For more than a century, MICHELIN guides have helped travelers enjoy better mobility by offering qualified restaurant and hotel recommendations throughout Europe. Now representing 22 countries and three continents, the collection of 26 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 and San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Michelin has also announced that it will introduce the MICHELIN guide to Hong Kong and Macao in December. For more information, visit www.michelinguide.com.

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Contact:

Michelin
Tate Hoxworth of Michelin North America
+1-864-458-4335
tate.hoxworth@us.michelin.com
 

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Also See: The MICHELIN Guide San Francisco 2009 Gives 3 Stars to One Restaurant, 6 Restaurants Receive 2 Stars / October 2008
The MICHELIN Guide New York City 2009 Gives 3 Stars to Four Restaurants, 7 Restaurants Receive 2 Stars / October 2008
The 2008 Mobil Five-Stars Awarded to 41 Hotels and 17 Restaurants; Also 125 Hotels and 149 Restaurants Win Four-Star Award / January 2008
The 2007 Mobil Five-Stars Awarded to 37 Hotels and 16 Restaurants; Also 117 Hotels and 145 Restaurants Win Four-Star Award / November 2006
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