Michelin awarded three stars to “The Table – Kevin Fehling” in HafenCity Hamburg, Germany, in the new 2016 Deutschland Hotel & Restaurant red guide. In 2016, Michelin awarded 290 restaurants with stars including three stars to 10 restaurants, two stars to 39, and a single star to a record 241 restaurants. A further 271 restaurants were awarded with a Bib Gourmand for excellent food at more reasonably prices. Four restaurants received a second star while 26 received a first star.
New Michelin Three-Star Restaurant in Germany 2016
Michelin awarded three stars to the new “The Table – Kevin Fehling” in HafenCity in the city state Hamburg. Kevin Fehling is not a novice in this league – he previously held a three-star distinction at the restaurant “La Belle Époque” in Travemünde that has now closed.
The number of Michelin three-star restaurants in Germany slipped back to only ten – still the highest in Europe after France – for the 2016 Deutschland Hotel und Restaurantführer. In addition to “La Belle Époque,” the previously three-star Amador in Mannheim has also closed.
“The Table – Kevin Fehling” in Hamburg is the only Michelin three-star restaurant in a major German city. For top cuisine in Germany, it is still better to travel to smaller towns and villages. As before, Baiersbronn in the Black Forest remains the center of top gourmet food in Germany with two three-star restaurants (“Restaurant Bareiss” and “Schwarzwaldstube”) and a two-star restaurant (“Schlossberg”).
New Stars in Michelin 2016 Deutschland Red Guide
In contrast to the Michelin three-star restaurants in Germany, the number of two and one-star restaurants increased to historical highs. The number of two-star restaurants in the 2016 Germany Red Guide increased by four to 39 while 26 new stars increased the single-star restaurants in Germany to 241.
Two-star restaurants are easier to find in German cities than three-star gourmet restaurants. A second star for “Horvàth” increased the number of two-star restaurants in Berlin to six while Munich has four (including new “Atelier”) and Hamburg three. Frankfurt am Main added a second two-star restaurant with “Lafleur” while the fourth new two-star restaurant is “schanz. restaurant” in tiny Piesport in the Mosel Valley.
In Berlin – long a byword for mediocre cuisine – five restaurants receiving their first Michelin stars to bring the total one-star restaurants in the German capital to 14. Food in Frankfurt am Main also improved radically in recent months, as Michelin awarded three further restaurants with a first star to bring the total to 8. German major cities with multiple Michelin one-star restaurants include Berlin (14), Dresden (3), Düsseldorf (7), Frankfurt am Main (8), Hamburg (6), Köln / Cologne (8), Mannheim (3), München / Munich (7), Stuttgart (10).
Michelin 2016 Germany Hotel & Restaurant Red Guide
The Michelin Deutschland 2016 Hotels & Restaurantführer has expanded to a thick 1,500-page volume. Germany is after France, the biggest Michelin red guide with the largest number of restaurants and hotels listed, as well as the second highest number of star-restaurants in Europe.
The Michelin Deutschland 2016 Hotels & Restaurantführer is written in German but with the normal Michelin pictograms and introduction in English that should make the guide also useful for non-German speakers.
In 2016, Michelin celebrates 50 years of awarding stars to restaurants in Germany. In 1966, only 66 restaurants were awarded as single star. In the past five years, the number of Michelin star restaurants in Germany has increased by 30% to 290, while the number of two-star restaurants has doubled. However, Michelin insists that the rapid increase in star-restaurants in Germany is a reflection of the improvement in cooking rather than simple star inflation.
In 2016, the Michelin Red Guide describes 2,303 restaurants and 3,359 hotels. As usual, the Michelin guide do not only list the star restaurants and hotels but attempt to find the best establishments in a wide variety of comfort classes from standard to traditional grand hotels.
New Bib Gourmand Restaurants in the 2016 Michelin Germany Guide
A particular popular Michelin award for gourmets with limited budgets is the Bib Gourmand. For the 2016 Germany guide, a restaurant must serve a very good three-course meal for less than €37.
In the 2016 Michelin Deutschland Hotel & Restaurant Führer, 271 restaurants were awarded a Bib Gourmand distinction. Michelin added 50 restaurants in Germany to this category, which has grown by 30% since 2010, but is five restaurants down on the 2015 number.
Around a third of all Bib Gourmand restaurants in Germany is in the federal state Baden-Württemberg – a region famous for enjoying good food but also being almost obsessed by the strive for efficiency and value for money. Hamburg, with 15 Bib Gourmand restaurants, does the best of German cities in this category.
For the first time in 2016, Michelin is also publishing the Bib Gourmand restaurants in Germany as a separate book: Bib Gourmand Deutschland 2016 (ISBN-10: 2067212419/ ISBN-13: 978-2067212411). It is published in German only and retails for around €18 from Amazon DE and other outlets in Germany. All the Bib Gourmand restaurants are of course listed in the regular red guide too.
Buying the Michelin 2016 Deutschland Red Guide
The Michelin 2016 Deutschland Germany Red Guide is on sale in Germany from 13 November 2015. The Michelin 2016 Deutschland Hotel und Restaurantführer (ISBN-10: 2067206206 / ISBN-13: 978-2067206205) retails for €30 in Germany (Amazon Deutschland) but should be significantly cheaper through Amazon US and Amazon UK.