The 37th edition of the MICHELIN Guide Main Cities of Europe was unveiled at a star-studded gala in Budapest yesterday, covering 36 cities in 20 countries and a grand total of 2,108 restaurants.
Making headlines this year is Onyx, the newly-minted—and first-ever—two-star restaurant in Budapest. Opened in 2007, the restaurant won its first star in 2011. “Chef Ádám Mészáros is very much a ‘home grown’ talent who brings classic Hungarian dishes up to date,” says Michael Ellis, International Director of the MICHELIN Guides. “Onyx is a most elegant dining experience. On the plate there is refinement, maturity and every dish is bursting with originality.”
In addition to the newly awarded two stars in Budapest, the Hungarian capital also sees a new Bib Gourmand awarded to Stand 25. “Classic menus list fresh, rustic, well-executed dishes,” state our anonymous Michelin inspectors. “The chefs’ signatures—goulash and potato casserole—are mainstays.”
The MICHELIN guide Main Cities of Europe 2018 also highlights the dynamism of the culinary scene offered in Vienna, with one new two-Michelin-starred restaurant and four new one-starred restaurants.
Four years after it received its first star, Konstantin Filippou’s eponymous restaurant won a second. “With its creative, modern cooking style, Konstantin Filippou, who trained in a number of famous restaurants around Europe, offers his customers a sophisticated cuisine with well balanced flavors and plenty of finesse—a cuisine which worth a detour!” continues Michael Ellis.
In Vienna, four new restaurants were awarded one Michelin star: Blue Mustard, Das Loft, Pramerl & the Wolf, and SHIKI. Fifty-eight restaurants have also been newly awarded one Michelin star, raising the total to 380 one-star restaurants in this year’s guide.
As well as the stars, 59 new Bib Gourmand eateries have been added to the 2018 guide, bringing the total to 295.
The MICHELIN Guide Main Cities of Europe is aimed primarily at business travelers who regularly journey throughout Europe, but it is also ideal for guests wishing to discover Europe’s most romantic and culturally stimulating cities.
Two new awards were also announced at the ceremony. The Michelin European Mentor Award went to Christian Constant for helping launch the "bistronomy" movement and having trained numerous chefs behind starred restaurants. The Michelin Young European Chef Award went Niall Keating of The Dining Room at Whatley Manor in Malmesbury, England. "Keating's cooking balances contemporary and classic styles and features some intriguing Asian influences."
See the full list here.