Contrary to popular belief, the MICHELIN Guides aren’t all about ‘fine dining’. From luxurious restaurants to village pubs, the MICHELIN Guides offer something for everyone, in every price bracket.
Since 1997, ‘good quality, good value restaurants’ have been pointed out using the Bib Gourmand award. The price limit for ‘Bib’ consideration varies from country to country, depending on the cost of living. It’s not just about the price though – the cooking has to be good quality too.
There’s no set formula for a Bib restaurant – they are all unique and can vary greatly from one establishment to the next. Hunan Bistro in New York serves hearty, lip-scorching Hunan food is on the menu, with such typical specialities as sour string beans sautéed with minced pork, chillies, and toothsome konjac noodles. At Restaurant ñ in The Hague, the delicious options on the menu include fresh seafood, spicy chilli peppers, and dishes served with fresh, sophisticated sauces, as well as an excellent selection of cheese and charcuterie. And at Edosoba Hosokawa in Tokyo, thin, al dente soba goes down a treat.
What Bib restaurants do have in common is their simpler style of cooking, which is recognisable, easy-to-eat and often something you feel you could attempt to replicate at home. A Bib restaurant will also leave you with a sense of satisfaction, at having eaten so well at such a reasonable price.
It might not be as well-known as the MICHELIN Star but the Bib Gourmand is hugely popular with our followers, and our inspectors spend an equal amount of time seeking them out. This value-for-money award proves that great food doesn’t have to come with a hefty price tag!
Find every Bib Gourmand restaurant in the MICHELIN Guide right here.
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