Michelin Unveils 2018 Main Cities of Europe Guide
Budapest's first-ever two-Michelin star restaurant appears in this year's guide.
The Michelin Guide to the Main Cities of Europe, which collects the best places for world travelers and dining enthusiasts to eat on the continent, has arrived. The Michelin guide covers 36 cities in 20 countries and lists a total of 2,108 restaurants.
For the first time, the guide features a two-star restaurant in Budapest, called Onyx. Vienna also received high honors from the guide: Michelin added one new two-star restaurant and four new one-star restaurants from the city.
A total of 58 restaurants have been added the guide’s one-star category, bringing the total number of one-star Michelin-approved restaurants in Europe to 238.
The guide also includes restaurants that have received Bib Gourmand status. At Bib Gourmand restaurants, diners can enjoy a meal (glass of wine included) for under $40. This year’s guide lists 59 new Bib Gourmand restaurants, bringing the total to 295—great news for diners who are on a budget or who are looking for a more relaxed, cozy, and casual environment than what they would typically find at a Michelin-starred establishment.
The guide is particularly helpful for travelers looking to learn more about high-end restaurants in the countries like Poland, Austria, and Greece, which don’t have their own dedicated Michelin guides.
Recently, several restaurants have gained notoriety for asking the guide to take its Michelin stars back. As Food & Wine reported back in October, Andre Chiang, of the formerly two-Michelin star Restaurant Andre (it has since closed), requested that the guide rescind his stars. He cited trying to reach an unrealistic standard of perfection for the restaurant's closure and also asked that his Taipei restaurant RAW not be included in any subsequent Michelin guides. Chef Sébastien Bras of Le Suquet has held three Michelin stars since 1999; late last year he returned the stars in order to cook "without wondering whether [his] creations will appeal to Michelin’s inspectors."