Old Mandarin Islamic, a halal restaurant specializing in Chinese cuisine, is one of 70 establishments in the San Francisco area honored today by Michelin for serving good-value, quality food.
The French guide picks its Bib Gourmand winners one week before publishing the 2013 San Francisco guide, when chefs and restaurateurs learn if they have been awarded stars.
A total of 21 cuisines are represented in the value-for-money category, which recognizes venues that serve two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less, plus tax and tip. The list covers the Bay Area and Wine Country.
Others honored include Comal, a modern Mexican restaurant in Berkeley; Gajalee, which specializes in Indian seafood; Thai House, serving Thai food in Danville; and Marlowe, a neighborhood bistro. Old Islamic’s dishes include mandarin lamb and tomato egg flower soup, allmenus.com says.
Michelin & Cie, the world’s second-biggest tiremaker, produced its first guide in 1900. It was free of charge until 1920 and intended for chauffeurs. The volume contained practical information, including street maps and tips on repairing tires. The company is based in Clermont-Ferrand, France.
Halal means in accordance with Islamic law, which in the case of food covers the type of meat or fish, the method of slaughter and the preparation of dishes.
Michelin’s Picks: Artisan Bistro A 16 Bar Bambino Bar Tartine Bellanico Betelnut Bistro Aix Bistro Jeanty Bistro 29 Boon Eat + Drink Brick & Bottle Burma Superstar C Casa Chapeau! Chevalier Chu Comal Contigo Cook St. Helena Corso Cotogna Crouching Tiger Cucina Paradiso Delfina Domo Donato Enoteca Dosa Five flour + water Fringale Gajalee Gather Hachi Ju Hachi Hot Box Grill Insalata’s Ippuku Kabab & Curry Kappou Gomi K&L Bistro Kokkari Estiatorio LaSalette Le Charm Le Garage Mamacita Marinitas Marlowe Monti’s Rotisserie Oenotri Old Mandarin Islamic Osteria Coppa Perbacco Plum Redd Wood Risibisi Rivoli Sazon Scopa Sichuan Home Slanted Door (The) Slow Club Sociale Starbelly Sushi Ran Thai House the girl & the fig Troya Willi’s Wine Bar Wood Tavern Yank Sing Zero Zero
(Richard Vines is the chief food critic for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. He is U.K. and Ireland chairman of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards. Opinions expressed are his own.)
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