17 New Affordable Restaurants Awarded Bib Gourmand

17 New Affordable Restaurants Awarded Bib Gourmand

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The Michelin Bib Gourmand salutes French gastronomy at affordable prices

The powers that be at Bibendum serve up an amuse-bouche before February 9th and publication of the highly anticipated (or not) official guide 2017. Since 1955, the now dubbed Bib Gourmand has rewarded tables — look for the little red logo! — offering excellent value for money: a menu (starter, main course, dessert) costing no more than €32 euros in the provinces and €36 in Paris.

In the 2017 edition of the guide “Les Bonnes Petites Tables”, available starting from January 13, Michelin inspectors reward 646 restaurants, including 75 in and around Paris.

“This selection confirms the development of convivial tables, where it’s satisfying to enjoy a meal among friends or en famille. We see a growing interest on the part of chefs for more simple cuisine that puts accents on sharing and friendship at the center of meals. The attraction of Parisians and visitors to the city for these discreet quality tables is constantly growing,” says Michael Ellis, International Director of Michelin guides.

Salade du Jour at Bocca Rossa

Of the 75 selected tables in the capital and Île-de-France, there’s 17 new addresses, some do not have websites, they’re too busy creating – but usually they have Facebook pages! Some are among BP favorites: Frederic Hubig’s excellent Astier (11th) needs no introduction. “It is very important to us,” says Hubig.

Mensae (19th) the rustic bistro of Michelin star chef Thibault Sombardier – who just lost his chef Kevin D’Andréa! Maloka (9th), the Brazilian table by Raphael Rego, launching two other Left-Bank restaurants in the Spring; 52 Faubourg St-Denis (10th), one of Charles Compagnon’s three creative bistros; the Italian Bocca Rossa (5th), by Sylvain Sendra and also the iconic Itineraires – dedicated to his youthful globetrotting – and L’ Auberge du Roi Gradlon (13th) for awesome Brittany accents by chef Nicolas Castelet.

And the winners of the 17 new Bib Gourmand in Paris are:

Bib Gourmand, Les Bonnes Petites Tables du Guide Michelin. 646 Restaurants at less than 32€ – 17,90€. Website.

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Born in Hampton, Middlesex, UK, Margaret Kemp is a lifestyle journalist, based between London, Paris and the world. Intensive cookery courses at The Cordon Bleu, London, a wedding gift from a very astute ex-husband, gave her the base that would take her travelling (leaving the astute one behind) in search of rare food and wine experiences, such as the vineyards of Thailand, 'gator hunting in South Florida, learning to make eye-watering spicy food in Kerala;pasta making in a tiny Tuscany trattoria. She has contributed to The Guardian, The Financial Times Weekend and FT. How To Spend It.com, The Spectator, Condé Nast Traveller, Food & Travel, and Luxos Magazine. She also advises as consultant to luxury hotels and restaurants. Over the years, Kemp has amassed a faithful following on BonjourParis. If she were a dish she'd be Alain Passard's Millefeuille “Caprice d'Enfant”, as a painting: Manet’s Dejeuner sur l’herbe !

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