Food for Thought
March 27, 2014
The 2014 edition of the Main Cities of Europe—Michelin Red Guide, the best-known and most prestigious restaurant guide in Europe, was published March 12 with several changes among Polish restaurants listed.
Last year, the Atelier Amaro restaurant in Warsaw became the first Polish restaurant to receive a prestigious Michelin star. As a result, this year’s Red Guide was a much anticipated publication in Poland. In the latest edition, the Atelier Amaro restaurant retains its star, while one more restaurant in Warsaw has received Michelin’s Bib Gourmand symbol, which signifies good food at moderate prices.
A total of 41 Polish restaurants have been listed in this year’s Main Cities of Europe guide, including 22 in Warsaw and 19 in Cracow. The number might be just one up from last year, but the new edition brings a reshuffle in the standings. In Warsaw, four restaurants that were listed in the guide are no longer there, while five new ones have appeared. Four restaurants have dropped out in Cracow, replaced by another four.
One of the new Warsaw entries, Brasserie Warszawska, has received the Bib Gourmand designation, joining Warsaw’s Butchery and Wine restaurant—so far the only Polish venue with the symbol.
While their very inclusion in the Main Cities of Europe guide is a distinction for the listed restaurants, it is the Michelin stars that are the ultimate dream for every restaurant owner and chef. Restaurants appear in the Red Guide after an incognito visit by Michelin inspectors. A Michelin reviewer is allowed to reveal his or her identity, but not before the bill has been paid. Unlike Michelin stars, which have to be awarded by a group of three inspectors, a restaurant can be entered in the Red Guide by just one reviewer.
Ratings given to restaurants by the Main Cities of Europe guide are as follows:
Michelin stars—one to three, awarded for the flavor and quality of food;
Forks and spoons—one to five, awarded for interior decor, service and overall comfort;
Bib Gourmand—awarded for quality in relation to price.
One Michelin star signifies a very good restaurant in a given category, two stars mean great dishes worth a visit, and three stars denote exquisite food that is worth taking a long trip to sample.
Michelin also awards a Rising Star to promising restaurants with the potential to qualify for a star. One such restaurant was Atelier Amaro in Warsaw, which got a Rising Star the year before it received a Michelin star.
This year’s Main Cities of Europe lists restaurants from 44 cities in 20 countries.
Otherwise known as a leading tire producer, Michelin is famous for its red restaurant guides, green tourist guides and for its renowned maps. The Main Cities of Europe guide has been published for over a century and is regarded as the world’s number one culinary guide. All information, practical tips, restaurant league tables and ratings are verified and updated on an annual basis. Along with restaurants rated in previous Red Guide editions, Michelin inspectors visit ones that have never been listed in the guide before.
Warsaw restaurants listed in Main Cities of Europe 2014
Amber Room: 4 forks and spoons
Atelier Amaro: 1 Michelin star, 3 forks and spoons
Belvedere: 3 forks and spoons
Michel Moran – Bistro de Paris: 3 forks and spoons
San Lorenzo: 3 forks and spoons
Tamka 43: 3 forks and spoons
Platter by Karol Okrasa: 3 forks and spoons
Concept: 2 forks and spoons
Nolita (new entry): 2 forks and spoons
Brasserie Warszawska (new entry): 2 forks and spoons, Bib Gourmand
Biała Gęś (new entry): 2 forks and spoons
AleGloria: 2 forks and spoons
La Rotisserie: 2 forks and spoons
Dom Polski: 2 forks and spoons
Concept 13: 2 forks and spoons
Rozbrat 20: 2 forks and spoons
U Fukiera: 2 forks and spoons
Butchery and Wine: 1 fork and spoon, Bib Gourmand
Winosfera (new entry): 1 fork and spoon
Merliniego 5: 1 fork and spoon
Delizia (new entry): 1 fork and spoon
Qchnia Artystyczna: 1 fork and spoon