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Michelin guide is renowned worldwide for its revered star-system. It already has tradition going back 100 years. The iconic red guide is a trend setter every year to the very best restaurants in a given location. Warsaw is not an exception to this rule. ITS Poland DMC wants to tell you a little bit more about the restaurants from this prestigious list and the most often chosen ones by this Polish travel agency customers and the rating system itself.

 

There are 5 objective criteria according which Michelin inspectors judge restaurants:

 

The highest rating the restaurant can receive is a three star symbol. Three star meal has to offer emotion. Every three-star restaurant has a very unique signature and inspectors here look for an emotional experience that is engraved in one's memory for many years to come. While a rating of one to three stars is most coveted by chefs and restaurateurs alike, what usually remains under the radar are the restaurants listed in the red book but have not been awarded a star. These places are recognized as establishments serving good food. 

Michelin stars stand for:

* High quality cooking, worth a stop

** Excellent cooking, worth a detour

*** Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey  

 

Restaurant inspectors do not look at the interior decor, table setting or service quality when awarding stars, these are instead indicated by the number of 'covers' it receives, represented by the fork and spoon symbol.

Number of fork and spoon symbols:

1 Quite comfortable

2 Comfortable

3 Very comfortable

4 Top class comfort

5 Luxury in traditional style

 

Not quite a star, but most definitely not a consolation prize, the Bib Gourmand - named after Bibendum, the friendly Michelin Man and the official company mascot for the Michelin Group - is a just-as-esteemed rating that recognizes friendly establishments that serve good food at moderate prices. In 1997, the Bib Gourmand symbol - the image of the Michelin Man licking his lips - was debuted in the MICHELIN Guide for the first time. Since then, Bibendum has become a well-loved beacon for value-seeking diners looking out for good deals.

Another symbol is the Plate Michelin. In the 2016 edition of the Paris guide, a brand new L’assiette or The Plate symbol was launched to recognize restaurants that 'simply serve good food'. They use fresh ingredients and are carefully prepared. They just serve good meal.

Getting back to Warsaw there are currently (December 2020) 18 establishments from the capital enlisted at the prestigious Michelin guide list.

There is one, one star restaurant: Atelier Amaro. Still, it rather concentrates on individual experiences and individual clients. It is suitable rather for individuals or very small groups.

There are 4 Bib Gourmand restaurants:

Brasserie Warszawska 

Harmoniously with the name the restaurant is situated in Warsaw at 24 Górnośląska Street only 650 m from Royal Baths Palace. The rooms are simple and remind us Paris’ Brasseries. The interior design is dominated by a galvanized bar, black and white tiles on the floor and caricatures of regular guests on the walls. Apart from the main room there are smaller 12 guest private room and bigger 24 people private space. The restaurant specializes in European cuisine. This is where Polish cuisine opens up to French influences and perfectly coexists with them. In Brasserie Warszawska you will see classic French cooking techniques based on best local products, outstanding service and gourmet desserts. The restaurant focuses on quality both in cuisine and in the service. The menu is based on fresh products therefore, it can change daily.

Alewino

It started life as a wine shop before developing into a rustic, modern wine-bar-cum-restaurant divided over 4 cosy rooms. The menus might be concise but portions are generous, with classic Polish recipes reworked in a modern manner. Over 250 great value wines are available by the glass.

Butchery&Wine 

Butchery & Wine is the first place in Warsaw which specializes in Polish beef steaks. The basic principle of the cooking is simple but honest cuisine, based on the best dry-aged meat. Food is the chef's passion and the staff shows it every day, repeating as mantra: love what you eat. Thanks to that, the restaurant is regularly enlisted by prestigious Michelin Guide.

Szóstka

The restaurant is situated at 9 Powstańców Warszawy Square. Michelin guide advices to take in rooftop views from this appealing glass-walled restaurant and its large terrace, set on the sixth floor of the iconic Prudential building. The small menu offers creative sharing plates which mix Polish and Mediterranean influences and have a vegetable bias. Prices are more than fair.

 

The rest of the restaurants have received Michelin plate symbol:

 

From all Michelin guide restaurants in Warsaw ITS Poland DMC customers the most often choose:

Concept 13

The restaurant is located on the fifth floor of VITKAC department store, on the 9 Bracka Street in Warsaw, only 1.1 km from the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw. The interior of the premises is bright, spacious, original and elegant, with beautiful panorama of the city. The restaurant offers international dishes, and also selection of steaks, grilled in front of the customers in the open kitchen. For the youngest quests, every Saturday and Sunday between 12:00 – 6:00 pm, the restaurant offers a kid’s corner filled with toys and with an animator. Concept 13 restaurant also offers three conference rooms and Bar13 located on the fourth floor. The restaurant has been enlisted in the prestigious Michelin guide.

Amber Room

Amber Room is worth visiting especially if you plan to visit Modern Art Museum in Ujazdowski Palace or Palace on Water with the park. Amber Room is situated in charming Sobańskich Palace. The restaurant combines world culinary trends, such as souse vide which is ‘slow food’ with traditional Polish and molecular cuisine. The restaurant is recommended in the famous Michelin’s guide. Every year it receives 4 knife and fork symbols.

Brasserie Warszawska

Harmoniously with the name the restaurant is situated in Warsaw at 24 Górnośląska Street only 650 m from Royal Baths Palace. The rooms are simple and remind us Paris’ Brasseries. The interior design is dominated by a galvanized bar, black and white tiles on the floor and caricatures of regular guests on the walls. Apart from the main room there are smaller 12 guest private room and bigger 24 people private space. The restaurant specializes in European cuisine. This is where Polish cuisine opens up to French influences and perfectly coexists with them. In Brasserie Warszawska you will see classic French cooking techniques based on best local products, outstanding service and gourmet desserts. The restaurant focuses on quality both in cuisine and in the service. The menu is based on fresh products therefore, it can change daily. Thanks to careful preparations and passion in dish creation the restaurant has been numerously recommended by prestigious Michelin guide.

Warsaw has many great restaurants serving both Polish and international cuisine. Still, Michelin guide is always a kind of culinary beacon for all gourmets and lots of group choose only Michelin recommended restaurants during their Warsaw stays. We heartily join Michelin recommendations and warmly invite our groups to organize meals in these renowned places. If you would like to check the menus or prices of any of these, just contact one of ITS Poland professional coordinators and let’s organize together a real adventure to the symphony of the best flavours in Warsaw.  

 

 

Author: Agnieszka Szwedzińska

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