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.
The 2018 edition of the Nordic Countries guide contains 37 restaurants awarded a Bib Gourmand. The longest-standing recipients of this award are L’Altro in Copenhagen, restauranteik in Oslo and Rolfs Kök in Stockholm.
There’s no set formula for a Bib restaurant – they are all unique and can vary greatly from one establishment to the next. Smalhans in Oslo is a sweet urban café in the day, which then morphs into a restaurant serving set menus and sharing plates at night; Jord in Helsinki sits within a modern food court at the top of a shopping centre and serves traditional dishes crafted from organic produce; while fun, laid-back PMY in Copenhagen offers zingy Latin American cuisine centred around Potato, Maize and Yuca.
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!
Click here for more on the 7 new Bib Gourmands awarded in the 2018 Nordic Countries guide.