Michelin today identifies a record 601 restaurants in France that offer good quality, reasonably priced meals. The release of the Bib Gourmand awards sets the stage for the 2011 guide to France, to be announced on Feb. 28.
Nine establishments in Paris win a new Bib Gourmand this time round: La Regalade St-Honore, Cafe Moderne, Osteria Ruggera, Kinnari, Au Petit Marguery, Variations, Les Petits Plats, Chez Leon and Miroir. Kinnari serves Thai food.
A Bib Gourmand indicates restaurants offering a three-course meal for less than 35 euros ($45) in Paris and 29 euros outside the capital, or 33 euros at weekends. It covers all types of eatery, from family bistro to foreign restaurants.
Six Paris venues lose their awards, Michelin said today in an e-mailed release: Cafe des Musees, Ambassade D’Auvergne, L’Epigramme, L’Agassin, Millesimes 62 and Mets Gusto.
Michelin & Cie. is the world’s second-biggest tiremaker, after Bridgestone Corp. It produced its first guide in August 1900, distributed free of charge (until 1920) and intended for chauffeurs. The guide contained practical information, including street maps and tips on using and repairing tires.
“Bonnes Petites Tables du Guide Michelin France 2011” goes on sale on Feb. 1. The guide is based in Paris and Michelin has its headquarters in Clermont-Ferrand, France.
(Richard Vines is the chief food critic for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Opinions expressed are his own.)