The MICHELIN Guide releases its 2013 Bib Gourmand restaurants, which offer high quality dining at an affordable price
In recent months, MICHELIN inspectors have been traveling throughout France in search of bonnes petites tables that offer a pleasurable dining experience at an affordable price. This year’s selection comprises 632 restaurants, including 98 new additions. Ranging from small bistros to trendy
restaurants, the Bib Gourmand selection offers a very wide array of styles – not only traditional, contemporary and local cuisine but also ethnic, Italian, Asian and creative cooking that illustrate the depth and breadth of gourmet dining in France today.
Year after year, the Bib Gourmand selection is very popular with the public, which is always looking for good deals, as well as with restaurant operators, many of whom are delighted to fill this market niche. As proof of this enthusiasm, a growing number of restaurateurs are committed to promoting highquality cuisine at the best price. Indeed, the inspectors have noted that many chefs who have worked
in the very best restaurants have now decided to open their own establishments where they serve simple, convivial, authentic cuisine at affordable prices. Examples include Terroir Parisien in Paris’s 5th arrondissement, Yannick Alleno’s latest “terroir” restaurant featuring local produce and cooking; Malthazar in Marseille, an unpretentious, high-quality restaurant opened by former two-star chef Michel Portos in his native city; and Le Bouchon et l’Assiette in Paris’s 17th arrondissement, where the young couple Clément Vidalon and Cécile Delarbe – both trained in outstanding restaurants – offer modern cuisine and a wine list that showcases small vintners. Clearly, the concept of high-quality dining and reasonable prices is gaining ground, as the number of Bib Gourmand restaurants in France has increased by 30% since 2007.
About Bib Gourmand:
A symbol of gourmet dining, the Bib Gourmand pictogram shows the head of Bibendum, the Michelin Man, who is licking his lips. It is awarded to restaurants that offer a complete, three-course meal (starter, main course and dessert) for €31 or less (€35 in Paris). Incorporating the Michelin Man's
nickname, the label was created in 1997.
The Bonnes petites tables France 2013 guide is available in sales outlets beginning today for €17.90.
The 2013 MICHELIN guide France will be released on March 1.