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Features 1 minute 04 March 2018

What The MICHELIN Guide's Logos Mean

Pictures say a thousand words and that's no different for these logos.

Michelin Guide

The star and the Bib Gourmand symbols might be the most iconic logos in the MICHELIN Guide but in fact, each annual publication is navigated by a series of small pictographs placed strategically around the page. This lets the user identify the restaurant’s strengths in a jiffy whether it’s on the contents page or on the listings itself.

Here’s six you should know:

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Street Food
The best way to experience the heart of Taipei food culture is to savour hawker fare. For that, there’s the symbol of a two-wheeled cart with a little roof. This denotes the physical characteristics of the establishment rather than the quality of the food. The icon also extends to bite-sized snacks from street food stalls.
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Interesting Wine List
If you are looking for establishments with an excellent wine list, keep an eye out for this symbol. It covers a spectrum ranging from lists presented by sommeliers in luxury restaurants to simple spaces with a passion for wine. The wines are usually available in an array of flavours and style that complements the cuisine.
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Restaurants with Views
These three crimson rays indicate particularly breathtaking sceneries for diners to enjoy while tucking into their food. This could mean a restaurant with a view of the harbour, or overlooking the glittering lights of the city come nightfall.
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Terrace Dining
The patio parasol represents the option of terrace dining for the diners, or a relaxing meal in an open-air environment.
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Simple Shop
Simple shops that offer great food despite their casual environment are to be found everywhere and that’s no different from the MICHELIN Guide. Not to be confused with the street food category, it denotes a humble space where the service and physical aspects are unfussy. Several Bib Gourmand recipients are excellent examples.
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Counter dining
The counter symbol denotes the dining option in an open kitchen concept, where chefs are observed up close from the counters; a full view of the chefs in full action. This allows customers the novel experience akin to watching a live cooking programme.

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