Gault&Millau, publisher of gastronomic guides, presented its 100% Luxembourgish guide in late October. A Taste of Luxembourg 2021 includes not only the best restaurants and brasseries, but also 'pop' places, unmissable bars and Luxembourg's finest chocolate makers. The chef René Mathieu was awarded the title of 'chef of the year', confirming the restaurant La Distillerie's preeminent position.
La Distillerie, treasures of the woods in your plate
The chef René Mathieu is passionate about our surrounding nature, and this is reflected in his creations at the restaurant La Distillerie. Formerly executive chef to Their Royal Highnesses the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, in recent years he has been leaning towards a cuisine where luxury is to be found in the rarity of the herbs he picks and in seasonal vegetables.
This approach had already made La Distillerie the best vegetable restaurant in the world in 2020 according to the We're Smart Green Guide. The title of 'chef of the year' 2021 of the Gault&Millau guide confirms the finesse of his natural cuisine and highlights a philosophy where local products come first.
La Distillerie is therefore at the top of the 2021 ranking of restaurants with a rating of 18/20 and three chef's toques. It is followed by Clairefontaine (17/20 and three toques), Fani (16.5/20, two toques) and La Cristallerie (16.5/20, two toques).
Young chef, baker, newcomer... the other 2021 award-winners
The guide also selected winners in other categories:
- Bar of the year: Bazar.
- Pop of the year: Bellamy.
- Baker of the year: Carole Lesquer of the restaurant La Villa.
- Wine waiter of the year: Nathan Roellinger, from the restaurant Maison Lefèvre.
- Hostess of the year: Nathalie Pham, from the restaurant Two6Two.
- Remarkable innovation of the year: Ryodo Kajiwara, from the restaurant Ryôdô.
- Mediterranean place of the year: Renato Favaro, from the restaurant Cômo.
- Young chef of the year: Louis Linster, from the restaurant Léa Linster.
A paper version of the guide A Taste of Luxembourg 2021 is available in French and English. Foodies can also check the Gault&Millau app. The website www.gaultmillau.lu lists the 136 restaurants, 'pop' places, bars and chocolate makers selected by the gastronomic publisher.
Wine pairing with the Hachette Guide
The 2021 Hachette Wine Guide also puts Luxembourg into the limelight, with a selection of wines of the Appellation d'origine contrôlée Moselle luxembourgeoise (protected designation of origin).
The guide features up to 30 wines from 17 Luxembourgish cellars and estates, including the 2019 Pinot gris Sélection Coteaux de Schengen from the Legill Cellars, with 2 stars, as well as two vintage wines from the Desom Estate, which was awarded 3 stars: the 2019 Pinot gris Schengen Markusberg and the 2019 Pinot Gris Remich Primerberg.
As it would be impossible to go through the entire selection, we invite you to discover them in Luxembourg's bars and restaurants displaying the 'Ambassadeur' and 'De Gudde Patt' labels. Have a nice tasting!