The new contemporary Chinese restaurant and spin-off of long-time favorite Z & Y restaurant earns the prestigious award in its first year.
Michelin, the same name many people associate with the tire company, also operates a program to rate restaurant quality. The Bib Gourmand Award, which originated in France and means Good Little Restaurant, recognizes restaurants for providing exceptional value for the amount of money customers pay for their meal. The Michelin Guide has a 100-year history of restaurant reviews, having only added the Bib Gourmand distinction in 1997.
Restaurants chosen to receive the Bib Gourmand honor must provide diners with a menu that offers a starter, main course, and dessert. Additionally, the check presented to diners must be $40 or less for a high-quality meal of at least two courses, wine, and dessert. Z & Y Bistro, a contemporary new Chinese restaurant in the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown, was one of only a few new restaurants in the Bay Area to be added to the list in 2019.
Z & Y Bistro joins 150 other restaurants throughout California, including its sister location, Z & Y Restaurant, in receiving this distinguished honor. Restaurants are not eligible for star review for Michelin’s main review program the same year they receive a Bib Gourmand designation.
How Restaurant Reviewers Described Z & Y bistro in San Francisco’s Chinatown
In addition to notating Z & Y Bistro’s good quality, reviewers from the Michelin program also stated it offered good value cooking and a good standard of value with single meals ranging between $25 and $49. The Michelin Guide inspectors also noted Z & Y’s popularity within Chinatown for the restaurant’s Lanzhou ramen, and other unique variations on traditional Sichuan dishes.
The reviewers also mentioned Z & Y Bistro’s modern and chic appearance, it’s full-service wine bar, and contemporary approach not found in many Chinatown establishments. Z & Y Bistro has also diversified to include Japanese yakitori with spring onions and duck breast, a fact that came as a pleasant and tasteful surprise to the reviewers.
People interested in dining at Z & Y Bistro can find it located at 606 Jackson Street, San Francisco, California with a zip code of 94133 for navigation purposes. Diners may make inquiries about reservations or other issues or by calling (415) 986-1899. The restaurant remains open each night until 9:30 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday and 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Find more information online at https://www.zybistro.com/