What is a Bib Gourmand? According to the Michelin Guide website, it is an ‘ambassador of restaurants where the ratio between price, quality and pleasure is excellent. Whether the cuisine is Asian, traditional or trendy and creative: every restaurant with a Bib has its own identity. Although they have important similarities: the emphasis on seasonal products and the generosity that is so characteristic of the Bib.
A Bib Gourmand is indeed often an address to keep in your gastronomic repertoire and to recommend to friends. In Luxembourg, no new nomination in this category since that of the Bistronome in Strassen in 2021. However, closures – Two6Two in Smets which has still not reopened since the departure of the young chef Baptiste Heugens, La Bergamote which became Bonds at the end of June, and the restaurant Joël Schaeffer along the Moselle, justifying their removal from the list. But also two relegations, namely L’Écuelle in Wilwerdange and – much more surprisingly – L’Atelier Windsor in the capital, with a very typical approach to the title…
The restaurant doesn’t seem to have been warned as evidenced by the manager? Sebastien Perie, Gault&Millau 2021 Host of the Year: “It’s really a surprise. We had no information from Michelin. We just saw that we no longer appeared with the name Bib Gourmand on the update of the application… I find it quite incomprehensible. We continue our bistronomic approach as it has been since our opening, with the €38 Bib menu that we counted on a lot this summer… I know it’s not a star, but a Bib Gourmand remains an attractive factor for us here, since our move. Too bad, we’d love to have an explanation, but let it come from them, without us having to ask…”
So all that’s left is 8 gourmet bibs for the time being, of which here is a small overview.
A beautiful address in the heart of the large park of Dudelange, housed in a beautiful historic villa. Since the takeover of the business by the Concept+Partners group, which has managed to bring to life the beautiful buildings of Luxembourg’s heritage, we have been enjoying honest and efficient cuisine in Parc Le’h! But the place already had a Bib before the takeover a while ago, so it’s wise to wonder if the inspectors went back there…
1, rue de la Forêt, Dudelange, T. 51 99 90
Hotel restaurant Dahma
Located between Ettelbruck and Diekirch, in a green area where the holiday smells “doheem”, this beautiful establishment welcomes customers in two restaurants: a brasserie area and a gastronomic area. Subdued light, warm tones and a beautiful shaded terrace in the tranquility of a flowered garden, with the trickling of a small pond in your ear… Patrick Junker, son of the house, offers top cuisine that follows the seasons and uses fresh products. He knows how to give classic dishes a touch of modernity, especially with herbs and vegetables.
57, Porte des Ardennes Nord, Erpeldange-sur-Sûre, T. 81 62 55 1
It’s hard to get more Japanese than the restaurant run by Hajime Miyamae for over 30 years. Sober decor, traditional and subtle cuisine, efficient and respectful service: everything is there for a moment of Japanese gastronomy in good shape. Especially as the room needed a revamp after the July 2021 floods, bringing a joyful breath of fresh air to the establishment.
4, rue Munster, Luxembourg (Grund), T. 47 06 04
Hajime Miyamae’s Kamakura restaurant (in the background) is an unmissable Bib Gourmand in Luxembourg’s Grund district.
(Photo: Anthony Dehez/Archives)
The Brasserie des Jardins
One of the most beautiful terraces in the capital, airy and sunny. A safe menu, with good classics and more daring suggestions devised by chef Alain Seret. Attention to the service however, capable of both the best and the worst…
27B, Boulevard Marcel Cahen, Luxembourg (Merl), T. 26 25 93 48
Crystel and Grégory Duranton and their team expertly run this establishment where the kitchen teases gastronomy. The lunch menu is a safe bet with attractive value for money, while the menu offers seasonal gastronomic suggestions as well as beautiful meats to share (or not!).
4, Grand-Rue, Nospelt, T. 26 31 36 92
A beautiful address in the “great” North, with a very classic – even rustic – atmosphere and cuisine, served with taste and generosity. But is it still worth a Bib Gourmand in 2022 if, for example, we see L’Atelier Windsor lose its own? Here too you wonder if the inspectors have come in the last three years… But not to be missed if you go to the southernmost tip of the country!
2, Stawelerstrooss, Huldange, T. 97 90 56
Châtelet . canteen
An address that continues to convince and one of the rare addresses of this level in the station district of the Luxembourg capital. Multiple possible formulas depending on the space where you want to settle. The calm and cozy atmosphere is conducive to a professional meeting and a gourmet date, and the terrace, although small, is a pleasant base for an aperitif on sunny days.
2, boulevard de la Pétrusse, Luxembourg (Station), T. 40 21 01
Last arrival in the list of Luxembourg bibs, strangely late given the reputation of the establishment, the quality of the cuisine and the service offered by the employees Jean-Charles Hospital and Philippe L’Hôpital. Beautiful room, brand new terrace, more than well-filled list of homes and a very central location in Strassen are all assets for this safe gambling address.
373, route d’Arlon, Strassen, T. 26 31 31 90
So here’s a rather heterogeneous panache for this list of Luxembourgish Bibs Gourmands, in view of which the question of the effective passage of the red guide inspectors seems to arise more than ever… In a June 2021 article published on the On the guide’s website, the inspectors explain – on condition of anonymity, of course – that the Bib Gourmand is “neither half a star nor a springboard to a star”. They talk about “good balance between price, quality and fun”, a sometimes fragile balance, which it is good to check regularly….
It should be noted that although the new Bibs are absent this season, two new restaurants are listed in the Red Guide as referenced tables: the Restaurant Osé in Ellange-Gare and the Rôtisserie Ardennaise in Luxembourg.
Restaurant Osé is listed in the Michelin guide BeLux 2022.
(Photo: Modern house)
La Rôtisserie Ardennaise is listed in the Michelin Guide BeLux 2022.
(Photo: Modern house)
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