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Le Guide Michelin


The first book we bought in Hong Kong is the Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau 2010, a tradition that we want to keep for every country we get posted to. I remember the man at the bookstore suggesting some other travel guide instead of this, but in my mind, I feel sorry for him for not being aware what an institution this book is.

The first Guide Michelin was published in 1900 by Andre and Edouard Michelin as a free travel guide for the motorists of France. Through the years, it expanded to the rest of Europe and the United States and is now uncovering Asia. The red guides review restaurants and/or hotels, whereas the green guides review other points of interest. The Michelin Guide New York won Best Restaurant Guide in the World, and Bibendum, the best corporate logo of the century.

For the red guides, anonymous inspectors give 1 to 3 Michelin stars to restaurants, with three being the highest, based on the

quality and compatibility of the ingredients, the technical skill and flair that goes into their preparation, the clarity and combination of flavours, the value for money and above all, the taste…The decoration, service and comfort levels have no bearing on the award.

From the Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau 2010

Those that do not make the cut but become a favorite among the inspectors for good value get the Bib Gourmand award. To date, there are less than 90 3 Michelin-starred restaurants in the world.

I learned about the Michelin star from the movie Bucket List, wherein Edward Cole (Jack Nicholson) brought Carter Chambers (Morgan Freeman) to France on a jet plane and treated him to the 2 Michelin-starred La Chèvre d’Or near Nice. How much did it cost Mr. Cole? Around USD1,500 per head! Luckily, Hong Kong is home to the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred restaurants, so we don’t have to spend that much…well, at least not yet.



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