Luxembourg loses stars


 Julien Becker (archives)

Dining: The Grand Duchy will be home to 11 starred restaurants in the 2012 edition of the Michelin Belgium-Luxembourg guide, which goes on sale this Thursday, November 24.

That figure is down from 13 restaurants last year. Three Luxembourg locales lost their stars, but the Grand Duchy gained one new one: la Distillerie in Bourglinster.

The other one starred venues--which Michelin defines as “excellent cuisine in its category”--are Favaro in Esch-sur-Alzette, Lea Linster in Frisange, La Gaichel in Gaichel, Clairefontaine in Luxembourg-Centre, Le Bouquet Garni in Luxembourg-Centre, Patin d’Or in Kockelscheuer, Les Roses at the Casino 2000 in Mondorf-les-Bains, Ma langue sourit in Oetrange, and Toit pour Toi in Schouweiler.

Mosconi, in Luxembourg-Grund (photo), remains the only two starred “address” in the Grand Duchy, which indicates the restaurant “merits a detour.”

There are no three starred restaurants (“worth a special journey”) in Luxembourg and only three in Belgium.

Earlier this month, Michelin published its Bib Gourmand Benelux guide of more affordable eateries. The 2012 edition lists seven dining establishments in the Grand Duchy that feature a three-course meal for less than 36 euro and offer “consistent quality.”

Among others, Michelin cites: “Parmentier in Junglinster, which continues to be sought after for its exotic accents and friendly service.”