This week, French tire company Michelin launched its newest dining guide: the 2021 Michelin Guide Netherlands. It’s a continuation of Michelin’s pandemic quest to, as international director Gwendal Poullennec puts it, “encourage restaurateurs, highlight their exceptional commitment and showcase their talent.”
There are just 10 new starred restaurants total on the list, including two restaurants with two-stars for the first time: Brut172 in Reijmerstok and Restaurant 212 in Amsterdam bring the total number of two-star restaurants to 18. Restaurant 212, from chefs Thomas Groot and Richard Van Oostenbrugge, made its debut in the 2019 Michelin guide with one star, while Brut172 appears in the guide for the first time. It’s a particularly remarkable feat for a restaurant which opened just weeks before COVID-19 shutdowns, leaving less than a year for Michelin inspectors to solidify their impressions.
There are 93 restaurants with one star on in the guide, eight of them new: De Nieuwe Winkel in Nijmegen, Pieters Restaurant in Bergamacht, Zeezout in Rotterdam, Tilia in Etten-Leur, Meliefste in Wolphaartsdijk, Kasteel Heemstede in Houten, and Wils and Daalder, both located in Amsterdam. There are also eight entries into Michelin’s brand new Green Star category, which recognizes restaurants that make a commitment to sustainability, including the newly one-starred De Nieuwe Winkel.
There are no new three star restaurants in the Netherlands, but De Librije in Zwolle and Inter Scaldes in Kruiningen retain their three-star rankings from last year. The guide also includes 118 Bib Gourmand restaurants — in this case, restaurants that offer set menus for a maximum of €39. Thirteen of these are new this year.
For the full list of the Netherland’s Michelin stars head to Michelin, and for a list of newly starred restaurants, see the rundown below:
De Nieuwe Winkel
The Food Forest
• The MICHELIN Guide Netherlands 2021 honors two restaurants with a second Star [Michelin]