The famous red guide lists the best, according to Michelin inspectors, restaurants and hotels. Its tradition goes back over 100 years.
The French guide was originally intended to promote car travels and… increase tire sales. It was published by a famous tire producer to help drivers find a place for a meal or a mechanic on their way. The restaurant section grew and became more and more popular, and in 1926 anonymous inspectors began theirs visits and awarded the places with 1, 2 or 3 stars. This system still exists today.
The red Michelin plaque placed at the entrance to the restaurant is a guarantee of culinary quality and guidance for those who are looking for the best experience. Being listed in the guide and most of all awarded a star is a great recognition for the entire restaurant team. Food is only one aspect assessed but the entire experience counts as well. What’s interesting, the mysterious visits of anonymous Michelin inspectors have already been an inspiration for plots of some movies.
Michelin plaques, confirming belonging to the group of over 20,000 restaurants in the Michelin family, were presented in Poland for the third time. We had the pleasure to spend two unique November evenings celebrating the awards received by Polish restaurateurs in Warsaw and Krakow. On November 20, in Amber Room restaurant at the Sobański Palace, the president of the Gastronomy Academy in Poland, Maciej Dobrzyniecki, as a partner of the guide, handed the plaques to restaurateurs from Warsaw. A day later, in Trzy Rybki restaurant in Hotel Stary, they were awarded to the selected restaurants in Krakow.
Senses and Atelier Amaro are still the best-rated restaurants in Warsaw – both kept their one star, and are currently the only restaurants in the country with this award. Amber Room also fared well – the restaurant was awarded 4 covers (the fork and knife symbol), which are given for overall comfort during the visit. The best value for money (Bib Gourmand) is presented by Kieliszki na Próżnej, Kieliszki na Hożej, Butchery and Wine, Alewino and Brasserie Warszawska.
Trzy Rybki and Copernicus (decorated with 3 covets) were best rated on the gastronomic map of Krakow, while Zazie was awarded with Bib Gourmand. A total of 49 Polish restaurants were listed, so those are just some of the winners. It is worth noting that inspectors only evaluate establishments in Warsaw and Krakow. And we know perfectly well that the Polish gastronomic scene has many more recommendable places to offer!
In the restaurant industry any kind od celebration must necessarily go hand in hand with excellent food. During gala dinner in Amber Room, guests were served, among others, amber egg with lobster custard and smoked eel, saddle of venison with spelt pancake and Jerusalem atrichoke puree, or grapefruit and chilli sorbet. In Krakow they enjoyed turbot with cod foam and black olive sauce, guinea fowl with beetroot puree and port sauce, lamb chop with mushrooms and chocolate tartina with salty caramel ice cream. Both evenings were accompanied by the traditional tasting of our caviar.
We were very pleased to spend those two festive evenings with of of the best restaurateurs in Poland. We hope that soon Michelin inspectors will also visit other cities to award more restaurants that deserve recognition in our country.
Congratulations to the winners, we wish you continued success!