The Michelin Guide is of course much-mocked for a variety of things: elitism, anachronism and, well, various other isms. Yet, when a copy arrived on our desks this week, a look at which local places had made the grade was, of course, irresistible.
Except it’s not as easy as that. There are so many categories that to find out who simply has a goddamn star is just the start of it.
In a nutshell, the various accolades on offer are: Bib Gourmand (good cooking at moderate prices), and then one, two and three stars respectively. But other places are also listed under “categories of comfort”, with restaurants rated from one to five “forks” (if it’s red it’s “most pleasant”); while an additional icon exists for “pubs serving good food”.
Cripes. The point of all this is, we imagine, that even to be listed in the Guide is an achievement. So, having spent a while deciphering it all, here are five things we discovered:
The conclusion to all this? Well, if you’re interested in food it’s simply a useful – though by no means comprehensive – indication of a couple of dozen reliable places to eat around our part of town.