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Sabi Omakase
Sabi Omakase.
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Stavanger restaurant awarded by the Michelin Guide

When the Michelin Guide today awarded new stars to eateries in the Nordics, a Norwegian restaurant had the honour of going first.


When the Michelin Guide today awarded new stars to eateries in the Nordics, a Norwegian restaurant had the honour of going first.


To applause from the audience, sushi master Roger Asakil Joya entered the stage in Stockholm to receive his first Michelin star, recognizing the effort he has put into his exclusive sushi restaurant Sabi Omakase, located in Stavanger.

Many in the know predicted both one and two stars being awarded to the small eatery, which only seats ten diners at a time and offers one set menu encompassing twelve courses.

Roger Asakil Joya

Roger Asakil Joya.
Photo: The Michelin Guide

While on stage, Joya made sure to bring up his team to share the limelight, standing shoulder to shoulder for the warm words accompanying their inclusion into the guide.

"The Michelin guide is very prominent in Asia, particularly in Japan. With using the same exacting standard of recognizing the Japanese cuisine, Sabi Omakase is fully deserving of a Michelin star at the same recognized level."

From the stage, Joya said:

"I feel it's an honour to get this kind of Michelin award."


Congrats to @rogerjoya and the rest of his team at @sabiomakase with a well deserved #michelinstar

Et innlegg delt av A. Blomberg-Nygård (@beingcritical)

Joya is originally from the Philippines, and is certified as a sushi chef by the Japanese sushi organization AJSA. In a video posted on Sabi Omakases YouTube-channel, Joya himself talks about how he works when combining Norwegian ingredients with Japanese traditions in what he dubs "Norwegian Edo Style Sushi".


"Norwegian nature has had me spellbound ever since I came here as an 18-year old. To pick the raw materials from this place is a true delight and honour. I compose my dishes in line with the Japanese sushi tradition. To that I will always stay true."

The other Norwegian restaurant in the spotlight during this year's awards ceremony received no new stars. Instead, Oslo restaurant Maaemo wowed simply by maintaining the three stars already under its belt.

"You've put Oslo on the world dining capital map," Michelin Guide international director Michael Ellis told chef Esben Holmboe Bang as he invited him up on stage.

"I don't feel like retaining a star, we win them every year," Bang said of having secured the Michelin Guide's highest recognition for a second time.


We are so thrilled to retain our three Michelin stars! It is a huge team effort and we couldn't be prouder!

Et innlegg delt av Restaurant Maaemo (@maaemo)

Asked what it takes to run a three star restaurant, he replied:

"What does it take? Everything. You have to give everything, every day. Not just on certain nights, but on every single night."

While Maaemo remains Norway's grand Michelin champion, Oslo restaurants Kontrast and Statholdergaarden also retained their respective stars.

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