Japanese Michelin-star restaurant closed after food poisoning

TOKYO: A Michelin-starred Japanese restaurant specialising in refined – and pricey – traditional cuisine has been ordered to temporarily close after customers came down with food poisoning, an official said Wednesday (Jun 22).

A total of 14 customers suffered from stomach pain and diarrhoea after eating sea urchin, squid and other seafood at the Kita Kamakura Saryo Gentoan southwest of Tokyo, a local government official said.

“None of them were hospitalised and were already recovering when food poisoning was reported,” said the official in charge of food safety at the Kanagawa prefectural government in Yokohama, told AFP.

The problem was reported to the prefecture on Tuesday last week, three days after the affected customers dined at the establishment.

The restaurant, located in Kamakura, a scenic seaside city southwest of Tokyo, serves “kaiseki” – a Japanese form of haute cuisine in which each dish is small, simple and presented individually with utmost attention to detail.

“The symptoms appear to be mild, but suffering from diarrhoea isn’t easy,” said the official, who would only give his surname of Miyazaki.

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