The MICHELIN Guide Taipei 2019 is launched today and in this second edition of the Taipei Guide, three new 2 star restaurants and four new 1 star restaurants are added to the selection.

 

A completely new entry with 2 stars in the Guide in 2019, Sushi Amamoto is an authentic sushi bar with just 12 seats at a solid cypress counter. The humble and friendly chef imports the seasonal fish mostly from Kyushu, and some from Tokyo, to be hand-pressed on sushi rice cooked in natural spring water from Nagano. There are 20 courses in the prix-fixe omakase menu, including 12 pieces of nigiri.

 

As well as the stars, there are 25 new Bib Gourmand establishments in the 2019 Taipei selection, including restaurants and street food vendors in night markets, with each offering ‘good quality, good value cooking’, which means a three course meal for a fixed price not exceeding NT$1,000 (around €29).

 

The MICHELIN Guide Taipei 2019 selection at a glance:

  • One 3 star restaurant
  • Five 2 star restaurants
  • Eighteen 1 star restaurants

 

58 Bib Gourmand establishments, including restaurants and street food vendors

Michelin have developed a specific version of the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 R tyre for use on the Ferrari 488 Pista. The new tyre which is marked K1* was designed to meet Ferrari’s requirements for greater grip during track driving. Homologated for the road, the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 R tyre delivers extreme dry performance with ultimate cornering precision at high speed in exchange for only a partial trade-off in terms of wet grip, aquaplaning and wear.

 

In common with all the tyres developed by Michelin in collaboration with Ferrari, extensive use was made of the two companies’ driving simulators.  Ferrari test drivers worked in parallel and alongside Michelin’s engineers using Michelin TameTire®, a physical tyre modelling simulator software developed by Michelin which allows the drivers to test the virtual tyre before undertaking traditional testing on track.

The new Michelin Pilot Cup Sport Cup2 R uses a tread compound developed for motor sport. By increasing the structural stiffness of the tyre, Michelin engineers have enabled the compound to benefit from the additional grip provided by a specific tread pattern. The result is a 10% increase in ground contact and 5% higher overall grip, compared to the standard Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 fitment for the car.

Pierre Chaput, the engineer responsible for developing the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 R tyre for the Ferrari 488 Pista commented: "The challenge was to push the limits of grip of the 488 Pista even further. Thanks to the "R" version of the Pilot Sport Cup2, we have made a big gain in lap time performance while maintaining the driving pleasure and responsiveness that are the characteristics of the Ferrari 488 Pista”.

From March 2019, Ferrari will be offering the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 R K1 as an option for the 488 Pista in the following dimensions:

  • Front: 245 / 35ZR20 (95Y) PS CUP2 R K1
  • Rear: 305 / 30ZR20 (103Y) PS CUP2 R K1

 

*A K1 or K2 marking indicates that the Michelin tyre was designed specifically for a Ferrari model.

Iceland and Croatia feature in the guide for the first time; Croatia with a new Michelin Star Vienna also has a new star and Budapest has two new Michelin stars.

 

Michelin has launched the MICHELIN Guide Main Cities of Europe 2019, and in doing so is pleased to reveal the 2019 selection.

 

Gwendal POULLENNEC, International Director of the MICHELIN Guides, said: “The Main Cities Guide covers 38 cities in 22 countries and recommends more than 1,900 restaurants. We are delighted that the cities of Reykjavik in Iceland and Zagreb and Dubrovnik in Croatia have been added to this edition, providing even more choice for our readers throughout Europe”.

 

MICHELIN Guide Main Cities of Europe 2019, at a glance

  • 3 star restaurants – 23 (including one new addition)
  • 2 star restaurants – 92 (including seven new additions)
  • 1 star restaurants – 382 (including 44 new additions)
  • Bib Gourmands – 271 (including 28 new additions)

The new MICHELIN POWER Competition is to made available for sale in April 2019 after being put through its paces and approved by the French road bicycle racing team Cofidis Solutions Crédits. This tubular racing tyre is the latest addition to the MICHELIN POWER catalogue and is engineered to meet the demands of exacting cyclists thanks to its winning combination of energy efficiency, grip and strength.

 

The MICHELIN POWER Competition was raced throughout 2018 by pro cycling outfit Cofidis Solutions Crédits and its maiden campaign harvested 54 podium finishes in extreme conditions, including 21 victories.

 

This new tubular tyre combines aramid-reinforced cotton with a latex innertube for superior efficiency and strength. Its new compound is derived from the MICHELIN POWER range to deliver outstanding efficiency and grip on dry and wet roads alike, while Hi-Density Protek cross-laid strengthening provides additional protection against puncturing.

 

Said Cédric Vasseur (Team Manager, Cofidis Solutions Crédits): “We have worked successfully with Michelin to produce a tubular tyre that is not only energyefficient but also reliable when it comes to guarding against punctures. One of the keys to its success has been taking care with tyre pressures. The result is like riding on a cushion of air and, above all, we don’t pick up any punctures!”

 

Said Ulrike Ristau-Hutter (Bicycle Tyre Division Manager, Michelin): “Cofidis hit the ground running to win races from the start of last season. The riders feel safe, reassured and confident. This partnership marks our return to topflight racing and road bicycle racing’s most prominent events. We are delighted with the work we have achieved together and with all the wins we have notched up.”

 

Available sizes: 28’’- 23’’ mm / 28’’- 25’’ mm / 28’’- 28’’ mm

In the course of this innovative range’s development, engineers working out of Michelin’s Research and Development Centre drew inspiration from the brand’s Enduro and Down Hill mountain bike tyres.

Given that the rear tyre needs to soak up more knocks, the rear MICHELIN E-Wild is more resilient than the front, and its casing is derived from that used for Down Hill racing prototypes to maximise strength and traction performance thanks to its ability to run at low pressures.

Meanwhile, the front casing is identical to that used for Enduro tyres in order to combine the necessary robustness with excellent grip when cycling downhill.

Together, the front and rear MICHELIN E-Wild contribute to minimising the amount of energy consumed by the tyres, thereby reducing the demands made of the battery for longer rides on each charge. The design of the casings also optimises the new tyres’ weight which is equivalent to that of conventional tyres of the same size.

In addition to the work carried out on the casings, Michelin’s engineers paid careful attention to the compounds, and the latest-generation E-GumX favours outstanding transmission of pedal power to the ground via the rear wheel, while at the same time enhancing tread-block life.

The MICHELIN E-Wild’s development followed the same process as that employed for the brand’s other mountain bike tyres, with expert input provided by champions like Nicolas Vouilloz, Nicolas Quere (the 2018 French E-Bike Champion on E-Wild tyres), Rémy Absalon and Jérôme Clementz.

The French Electric Enduro Cup effectively served as an invaluable proving ground for Michelin by allowing it to put the MICHELIN E-Wild’s reliability and performance through their paces in extreme conditions. The MICHELIN E-Wild was also tested by Michelin’s competition department staff, as well as by customers who clocked up more than 1,000 hours’ riding in total. The result of this collaborative approach involving engineers, champions and customers is a tyre that not only addresses the needs of electric mountain bike users even more closely but also takes performance and strength to new levels.

The MICHELIN E-Wild Front and MICHELIN E-Wild Rear will go on public sale in March 2019 and will be available in a choice of two sizes: 27.5 x 2.6 and 27.5 x 2.8.

The distinctive adventurer appeal of the MICHELIN Anakee Adventure, which has been available for purchase since January, will appeal to exacting bikers who take pride in their bike’s look. At the same time, it ticks all the performance-related boxes requested by bikers who use their motorcycle principally on ordinary roads, with occasional forays off-road, including in challenging conditions.

 

Michelin has pulled out all the stops to address the requirements of owners of models ranging from the Honda Africa Twin, BMW GS and Yamaha Super Tenere, to the Suzuki V Strom, KTM Adventure, Triumph Tiger and Moto Guzzi V85TT, whether they use their bike in all weathers for travelling to work, or predominantly at the weekend, not only on ordinary roads but also off-road.

 

To cover this broad variety of uses, the newcomer to MICHELIN’s Trail catalogue combines new compounds, a new construction, new technologies and a new pattern to deliver superior wet- and dry-weather grip, handling performance, ride comfort and stability, especially at higher speeds. MICHELIN Anakee Adventure incorporates MICHELIN 2CT and MICHELIN 2CT+, technologies that were previously only a feature of MICHELIN’s radial road tires.

 

The new MICHELIN Anakee Adventure is a key addition to the brand’s Trail tire range which already included the MICHELIN Road 5 Trail (for 100% road use) and MICHELIN Anakee Wild (50% road / 50% off-road).

Covering Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, this year’s guide features three new 2 star restaurants: Gastrologik, founded and led by Jacob Holmström and Anton Bjuhr in Stockholm; KOKS, under chef Poul Andrias Zisca in the Faroe Islands; and the reimagined Noma in Copenhagen, under the leadership of chef René Redzepi.

While these three restaurants may appear quite different – the remoteness of KOKS, the understated sophistication of Gastrologik, and the urban farm style of Noma – all three adhere to an ethos of being truly ingredient-led and reflective of the seasons.

In addition to receiving the 2 star distinction, the chef at KOKS, Poul Andrias Zisca, also receives the Michelin Nordic Guide Young Chef 2019 award for his creativity, technical skill and passion.

There are also four new 1 star restaurants this year. Trondheim in Norway is listed in the guide for the very first time and sees two of its restaurants receive a star: FAGN and Credo. In Copenhagen, Alouette receives its first star and there is also a star for Palace in Helsinki.

Credo also receives Michelin Nordic Guide Sustainability Award 2019 for its impressive eco credentials and social media engagement promoting better food and sustainable land use practices.

Speaking about the MICHELIN Guide Nordic Countries 2019, Gwendal Poullennec said: “This is the 6th edition of this title and once again we have expanded the selection as our inspectors continue to find exciting new restaurants, while also following the progress of already established kitchens.

“The Nordic countries offer something truly unique and the diversity and buoyancy of the region’s restaurant scene make it so appealing to food lovers from around the world. Chefs continue to develop both their own skills and techniques but also lead the way in reducing food waste, focusing on truly local ingredients and even embracing a more plant-based diet.”

A third new award for 2019, Michelin Nordic Guide Welcome & Service 2019 award goes to the delightful team at Henne Kirkeby Kro in Henne, Denmark. Their friendliness, enthusiasm and organisation help make dining here a truly joyful experience.

The guide caters for every type of visitor with a passion for gastronomy, from business traveller to tourist, and recommends the best places to eat and stay across all categories of comfort and price. This year’s guide lists starred restaurants first, followed by restaurants with a Bib Gourmand, and then restaurants classified with the Plate symbol, signifying good cooking.

 

The Bib Gourmand is the Michelin symbol for good quality, good value cooking. This distinction always proves very popular with readers, both locally and worldwide as it rewards well-made and affordable cuisine. This year there are three new Bib Gourmands, two of which are in Denmark: Selma in Copenhagen and Moment in Rønde; with one in Iceland: Skál! in Reykjavik. This brings the total number of restaurants with a Bib Gourmand in the 2019 guide to 34.

In addition to Trondheim in Norway appearing in the Guide for the first time, Aalborg and Rønde in Denmark, Grindavik in Iceland, and Kosta in Sweden all make their debuts in 2019. Overall, 30 restaurants have been added to this edition, giving readers of the MICHELIN Guide even greater choice when dining out.

 

MICHELIN Guide Nordic Countries 2019 at a glance

Three restaurants with 3 stars

10 restaurants with 2 stars, including three new additions

51 restaurants with 1 star, including four new additions

34 Bib Gourmand restaurants, including three new additions

Michelin is pleased to unveil the selection of the MICHELIN Guide France 2019. Including 632 starred establishments, the 2019 vintage has grown this year with 75 new establishments gaining either one, two or three stars: a record level never seen before.

This year, more than any other, the MICHELIN Guide France is demonstrating a gastronomic France that excels on all fronts. From remarkable regional dynamism, to showcasing new talented youngsters, and to an unprecedented number of new star-studded restaurants led by women, the 2019 vintage shines brightly in many ways.
Gwendal POULLENNEC, International Director of the MICHELIN Guides

The MICHELIN Guide France 2019 will be available from Friday 25 January 2019 at a price of €24.90

The selection is accessible and restaurants can be booked on the web and mobile media, at www.restaurant.michelin.com

This new selection brings together 2,116 hotels and guesthouses as well as 3,688 restaurants, including:
- 632 restaurants with stars:

  • 520 one-star restaurants – including 68 new additions;
  • 85 two-star restaurants – including 5 new additions;
  • 27 three-star restaurants – including 2 new additions.

Plus:
- 604 Bib Gourmand restaurants – including 67 new additions
- 2452 restaurants with a MICHELIN Plate.

 

For further information and images regarding the launch of the 2019 MICHELIN Guide France, please use the following link: www.guide2019.fr

Ahead of the announcement of the MICHELIN guide star selection on 21 January, Michelin is pleased to reveal the 2019 list of Bib Gourmand establishments. These varied addresses all have one thing in common: they all offer diners very good value for money.

Among the 604 establishments in the MICHELIN guide France 2019, 67 are new entries. These are spread throughout the country and reflect the diversity of the terroirs, as well as the expertise of talented chefs and the dynamism of the French culinary scene.

Commenting on the 2019 Bib Gourmand selection, Gwendal POULLENNEC, International Director of the MICHELIN guides, said: “Thanks to a very diverse range of cuisine types, which also highlights the quality of the products, these Bib Gourmand establishments have seduced the taste buds of our inspectors. Through them it is possible for diners to access and experience this important part of the gastronomic scene in France.”

With a total of 109 restaurants, including 17 new additions, the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region has the largest number of Bib Gourmand establishments. No less than three are located in Clermont-Ferrand! Un grain de saveur led by chef Damien Marie, offers excellent market cuisine; while at Chardonnay, Sylvain Revelant cooks contemporary dishes with special attention paid to seasonality. The same spirit is expressed at Bistrot d'à Côté, directed by Ludovic Raymond, who offers particularly tasty dishes. But beyond the capital of Auvergne, the other areas of this region are not left behind: the Drôme accounts for 3 new additions, while 4 more are located in Lyon.

The Provence-Alpes-Côte-D'azur region, with its 11 new additions, is the second most dynamic region in terms of new establishments. It has a total of 54 selected restaurants. Among these 11 additions is La Grange des Agapes in Cogolin, where the chef Thierry Barot interprets cuisine that fluctuates with the products available on the markets. At Mimosa, in Bormes-les-Mimosas, the restaurant team, orchestrated by chef David Archinard, offers dishes with Provencal flavours that are local and striking. In Hyères, lovers of gourmet Mediterranean cuisine should not miss L'Arum led by Benoit Simian. Lastly, Le Local, the confidential address of chef Thibaud Durix located in Toulon, has seduced our inspectors with its authentic cuisine that showcases beautiful local products through a short and straight to the point menu.

 

 

With some 69 Bib Gourmands, including 9 new, the Ile-de-France offers a very beautiful gourmet palette. The 2nd arrondissement of Paris is a figurehead when it comes to new additions, since it alone has 4 new establishments. Reflecting this new scene is the restaurant L'Oseille, led by chef Pierre Lecoutre, where diners come to enjoy traditional cuisine that combines gourmet dishes and simplicity. Itacoa offers dishes enriched with Brazilian influences, echoing the country of origin of the chef Rafael Gomes. The name of this restaurant is a reference to a beach in the north of Rio that the chef particularly appreciates, and it reflects the diversity of cuisine styles of the Bib Gourmand selection. In the 11th arrondissement, the Auberge des Pyrénées Cévennes, a true Parisian institution taken over by chef Pierre Négrevergne and whose former restaurant Terrasse Mirabeau located in the 16th had already obtained a Bib Gourmand, will delight diners with its classic and traditional cuisine. Among the specialties of the house are the famous sweetbreads or the delicious caramel soufflé. Biscotte, in the 15th, on the other hand is the fruit the work of a very nice couple: Chef Maximilien Jancourt takes care of the savoury part of the menu when his partner Pauline is in charge of the desserts. Both of them, before opening this establishment, worked in some of the largest gastronomic institutions in Paris, and now create dishes of a very good standard. The department of Essonne meanwhile has a new Bib Gourmand with the Bird restaurant in Yerres. In this former tea room converted into a restaurant, the chef Thomas Parguel, who comes from a family of cooks, offers delicious fresh market cuisine.

The Nouvelle-Aquitaine region is another of the more dynamic French regions. With 7 new establishments, including 3 located in the department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques, it now has 55 Bib Gourmands in total. From Niort to Pau, passing through Bordeaux or Périgueux, Nouvelle-Aquitaine demonstrates great gourmet dynamism.

Finally, L’Auberge des Chenêts, located in Valloux and directed by chef Bernard Gillot is recognised again this year with a Bib Gourmand. This restaurant was awarded with a Bib Gourmand for the first time in 1997, the date that this distinction was introduced, and has managed to retain it every year since!

Following their introduction in 1997, the Bib Gourmand recognises establishments that offer a quality menu at a reasonable price. These places offer a complete menu (starter, main course and dessert) at a maximum price of €33 in the provinces, and €37 in Paris.

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