The main – gastronomic – event of February was like every year since 1911, the new edition of the French Michelin Guide that came out on the first day of the month.
The new guide list 31 three star restaurants, 81 two star and 487 one star restaurants in France.
The three star houses of the southwest remain “L’Auberge du Vieux Puits” situated in the town of Fontjoncouse in the Aude department, the “Bras” restaurant of Laguiole, department of Aveyron, and the “Les près d’Eugenie” in the town of Eugénie-les-Bains, department of Landes.
Recently, in January this year, “Bras” restaurant of Laguiole made the news when its chef and owner Michel Bras was declared the “Best Chef of the World” by the restaurant industry magazine “Le Chef” after an opinion poll that involved 528 two and three Michelin starred establishments from all over the world.
In the southwest of France the 2016 Michelin Guide saw several restaurants from Albi, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Cahuzac-sur-Vère, Castres and Saint Jean de Luz losing their total of 9 stars but 6 stars were gained namely by the elevation to two stars of Bordeaux’s “La Grande Maison” restaurant of chef Joel Robouchon – the most starred chef in the world (remember a restaurant is starred and not its chef and Joel owns several starred ones!) – and the 5 new one starred establishments that are: Les Belles Perdrix à Troplong-Mondot in Saint Emilion (Gironde), Le Pressoir d’Argent – of the famous TV chef Gordon Ramsay in Bordeaux, PY-R of chef Pierre Lambinon in Toulouse, “La Table des Merveille” of chef Thierry Merville in the Castanet-Tolosan suburb of Toulouse and “Dyades” in Massignac (Charente)
Another novelty of the 2016 edition is the “Assiette Michelin” designation given this year for the first time and to more than 3000 restaurant all over France; as the guide says it indicates simply a good meal “un bon repas, tout simplement”.
A Michelin star is usually synonym to a high-priced dinner, but there are still even this year some exceptions: in the southwest of France there are several starred establishments that offer menus for under…€19!
Bellow is their list: “Tincelles – La Gentilhommiere” Sainte-Sabine Dordogne “Les Pyrénées” in Saint Jean Pied de Port in Pyrénées Atlantiques “Hostellerie de la Pomarède” Chateau de la Pomarède, in La Pomarède, Aude department “Le Fanal” in Banyuls-sur-Mer , Pyrénées Orientales “Auberge du Cellier” in Montner, Pyrénées Orientales “Le Puits du Tresor” in the historic town of Lastours, Aude department
Hi, I am Carla. I am living and working in the beautiful city of Toulouse, France.
I like history, travel and... the southwest of France and try to share through this blog information about events that might be of interest to the travelers to this part of the world!