45 Polish Restaurants in 2015 Michelin Red Guide
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Again, only one star and, again, for Atelier Amaro; five debuts and the crushing dominance of Warsaw and Kraków – the new edition of the prestigious Michelin Main Cities of Europe culinary guide is now available.
The Michelin inspectors – besides having recognised restaurants in other 45 cities of Europe – acknowledged establishments in Warsaw and Kraków.
Restaurants can obtain the following designations: Michelin stars for fine dining establishment (from one up to three stars), a "fork and spoon" designation for comfort level (rankings range from one to five) and Bib Gourmand, defined as the “Inspectors’ Favorites for Good Value”.
This year’s list features 45 Polish restaurants: 24 from Warsaw and 21 from Kraków. Five restaurants made their debut. Wojciech Modest Amaro’s Atelier Amaro has once again maintained its one star (denoting “a very good restaurant in its category”) presented to the restaurant in 2013. It’s still the only restaurant in Poland that has ever been acknowledged with a Michelin star.
As in 2014, two Warsaw-based restaurants – Brasserie Warszawska and Butchery & Wine have been honoured with a Bib Gourmand designation. As the Butchery & Wine team stresses:
A Bib Gourmand is the second most important culinary distinction awarded by the Michelin guide. While some restaurants have spent money on tablecloths, tableware and gastronomic equipment to gain the longed-for star, others serve high-quality food at a relatively affordable price.
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Five restaurants made their debut on this year’s list receiving the "fork and spoon" designations: Warsaw-based Senses (3), Salto (2) and Signature (2) and Kraków-based Italian cuisine Bianca (1) and Ed Red steak house (1).
Salto is the restaurant of Martin Gimenez Castro – an Argentinian chef and a winner of the first Polish Top Chef edition. The dominating South-American flavours are subjected to “courageous acrobatics”.
Senses is co-owned by Andrea Camastra, a charismatic chef with French and Italian roots.
Senses is an honest and emotional approach towards food. We use the best products to create innovative, yet surprisingly familiar solutions.
– wrote Camastra about his restaurant.
Signature is Wojciech Kilian's authorial and innovative restaurant, which "welcomes everyone that can appreciate a portion of unusual flavours, crowned with a Signature dessert”.
The Kraków-based steak house Ed Red specialises in, among others, dishes made of dry rub beef: “Ed Red loves meat, whose taste begins with quality”. One of the most deemed Polish chefs Adam Chrząstowski is in charge here.
Bianca is an intimate, small restaurant placed in a nook by Rynek Główny (Market Square) and Kościół Mariacki (St. Mary’s Basilica). It offers the best that Italian cuisine has to offer – simple dishes, but based on real, regional Italian ingredients of the highest quality.
The Warsaw-based restaurants that have made it to the Red Guide again are: Amber Room, Atelier Amaro, Belvedere, Michel Moran – Bistro de Paris, Platter by Karol Okrasa, San Lorenzo, Tamka 43, Ale Gloria, Biała Gęś, Brasserie Warszawska, Concept 13, Dom Polski, La Rotisserie, Nolita, Rozbrat 20, U Fukiera, Butchery & Wine, Delizia, Merliniego 5, Qchnia Artystyczna and Winosfera. As for Kraków, the restaurants acknowledged once more are: Copernicus, Trzy Rybki, Wentzl, Szara, Kogel Mogel, Resto Illuminati, Pod Baranem, Jarema, Cyrano de Bergerac, Corse, Studio Qulinarne, Szara Kazimierz, Sąsiedzi, La Campana, Farina, Trufla, Del Papá 1, Zakładka and Ancora (the latter has recently closed down).
Author: Magdalena Kasprzyk Chevriaux, March 2015, transl. Agata Dudek