Michelin, hawker of both tires and chichi restaurant guidebooks, has just revealed its 2016 stars for The Netherlands.
Critic and blogger Elizabeth Auerbach (aka @ElizabethOnFood) surveys the new star ratings, noting one restaurant has been bumped up from one to two stars for 2016: De Groene Lantaarn in Zuidwolde becomes The Netherlands' twentieth two-star restaurant. Meanwhile, the country's only three-star restaurants, De Librije and De Leest, both maintain their ratings this year. No restaurants had any stars taken from them this year.
This year seven new restaurants nabbed their first Michelin star, giving The Netherlands a total of 85 one-star restaurants. These newly-starred establishments include four hotel restaurants: Het Roode Koper in Ermelo, Joelia at the Hilton in Rotterdam, De Heeren van Harinxma in Beesterzwaag, and De Swarte Ruijter in Holten.
Additionally, 25 new Netherlands restaurants were awarded the Bib Gourmand, its distinction for non-fine dining restaurants serving meals under €37 (around $40). For those who can read Dutch, here's the full list of Michelin-starred restaurants in The Netherlands as they currently stand: