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212 in Amsterdam

Rating: 93. Last year, at the end of August, news broke that chefs Richard van Oostenbrugge and Thomas Groot of restaurant Bord'eau (2 Michelin stars at the time), would leave Bord'eau by the end of the year to start their own kitchen counter restaurant in Amsterdam. Two weeks later, around my birthday, I had one final meal at Bordeau, a truly outstanding meal that was nothing short of three-st...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 02-03-2018


De Kas in Amsterdam

Rating: 90. De Kas has been a steady fixture on the Amsterdam dining scene for many years. Any visitor of the Dutch capital with an interest in food will probably have De Kas on their restaurant list; during both my recent meals there, the dining room counted many nationalities. One of the main attractions of the restaurant is its unique location in a vintage greenhouse which dates bake to 1926, with a...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 14-02-2018


Le Pressoir d'Argent in Bordeaux - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 94. Le Pressoir d'Argent is housed in the Intercontinental Le Grand Hotel, located on the Place de la Comédie in the historic town centre of Bordeaux. Owner of the hotel is Michel Oyahon, who bought the property in 1999. At the time, the hotel had already been closed for renovations for years and several more years were spent on extensive redesign and refurbishments before the hotel ...
Category: Restaurants, - Subcategory France - Bordeaux - 13-02-2018


Maison Troisgros in Ouches - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 89. Maison Troisgros ("Troisgros") is a 4th generation family-run hotel and restaurant, originally established in Roanne, France, but since early 2017 relocated to a rather spectacular new, 17-hectare "domaine" in Ouches. The first few glimpses of this new location in the Loire countryside were shown in the Chef's Table France's Troisgros episode, a Netflix series that wa...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsFrance - 22-01-2018


Restaurant Anglo in London

Rating: 90. Since the opening in April 2016, Anglo has been getting high praise from Britain's restaurant critics, including two 5-star reviews from Grace Dent (then Evening Standard) and the late A.A. Gill (The Sunday Times), within weeks of opening. Later that year Anglo picked up the Observer Food Monthly's "Best Newcomer" award. Anglo is located just off the lively Leather Lane...
Category: Restaurants, - Subcategory UK - 21-01-2018


Garopapilles in Bordeaux

Rating: 89. In 2012 Gaël Morand and Tanguy Laviale opened Garopapilles, a wine boutique cum 20-seat neo-bistro in Bordeaux. Morand is in charge of the wine, Laviale of the food. Tanguy Laviale started his chef career in Paris in the early 00's, where he attended Ferrandi culinary school. After graduation he worked in the kitchens of Christian LeSquer's Ledoyen (now run by Yannick Alleno), ...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory France - Bordeaux - 31-12-2017


My 15 Best Dishes of 2017

I don't know about you, but my iPhone has over 37,000 photographs of food, 5 selfies, and around 500 photographs of people and dogs. These photographs were all taken between 2014 and 2017. So, on average I take 9,000 photographs of food per year and that is food in the broadest sense of the word. Ingredients such as meat and fish (dead or alive, I do enjoy taking photographs of cows and pigs...
Category: Restaurants - 28-12-2017


Claude Bosi at Bibendum in London - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 96. During the pre-Brexit Mayfair property boom Claude Bosi decided to sell the lease for his two-star restaurant Hibiscus on Maddox Street when he was able to secure a good deal. And so Hibiscus closed its doors in October 2016 after 16 years, of which 9 years in London. In April 2017 Claude Bosi (b.1972 in Lyon) re-emerged with a new restaurant on 81 Fulham Road, better known as Michelin House. Mi...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 27-11-2017


The Black Swan in Oldstead - 1 Michelin star

Rating: 91. The Black Swan is a handsome 16th century inn located in the tiny village in Olstead, North Yorkshire. The building was bought by local farmers Tom and Anne Banks in 2006 and together with their sons Tommy and James the couple turned the Black Swan into a successful pub/restaurant with rooms. From 2008 till 2013 the kitchen was run by chef Adam Jackson and in 2012 the Black Swan was awarded a M...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - Oldstead - 18-11-2017


Core by Clare Smyth in London

Rating: 92. Exceptional chefs don't just create great restaurants and great dishes; if they are worth their salt they also generate professional offspring, thereby building there own culinary family tree. In the UK obviously a giant Sequoia chef tree was planted by the Roux family, with chefs with renowned restaurants scattered around the country. Growing right next to it, and yes I believe he deser...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 08-11-2017


The Man Behind the Curtain in Leeds - 1 Michelin star

Rating: 93. In August this year I tweeted "I don't think many people realise how exciting and mature the UK dining scene has become, both in and outside of the capital". I made this statement on the basis of recent, extensive visits to the UK and many other visits in the past, and I honestly feel that the UK dining scene has shifted up several gears, especially in the north of England. For gas...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - Leeds - 01-11-2017


Manoir Restaurant Inter Scaldes in Kruiningen, the Netherlands - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 98. The southwestern province of Zeeland is perhaps the foodiest province of the Netherlands, especially if you're into seafood. The province is one of the least densely populated provinces of the Netherlands, with around 380,000 inhabitants compared to e.g. 2.4 million in the neighbouring province of Noord-Brabant. Yet the province counts no fewer than 9 Michelin stars, and therefore has t...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Other - 15-10-2017


Where The Light Gets In in Stockport

Rating: 81. Where The Light Gets In ("WTLGI") is a new restaurant in Stockport, which opened its doors in October 2016. Chef/owner is 34-year-old Sam Buckley, who has previously worked in the kitchens of celebrated chefs such as Gary Rhodes, Paul Kitching (at the then 1-star Juniper in Altrincham) and Simon Rogan (at l'Enclume). The 25-seat restaurant is housed in a former coffee warehouse,...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - 27-09-2017


Restaurant Sat Bains in Nottingham - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 94. Winners of the prestigious Roux Scholarship competition in the UK are allowed to choose a three Michelin starred restaurant anywhere in the world for a three-month stage. When Sat Bains (b. 1971) won the competition in 1999 he picked Le Jardin des Sens, the then famous three-star restaurant in Montpellier, run by the Pourcel brothers. Working there at the same time was René Redzepi and they...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - Nottingham - 25-09-2017


Paul Ainsworth at No 6 in Padstow - 1 Michelin star

Rating: 91. When Paul Ainsworth opened No 6 in 2006, Padstow's key food attraction was Rick Stein's flagship seafood restaurant. Stein is still the doyen of Padstow, but in his wake Paul Ainsworth has built his own successful restaurant business. No 6 is still going strong, having held a Michelin star now for almost five years running, and recently it underwent an extensive refurbishment, inclu...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - Cornwall - 12-09-2017


The Dining Room at Whatley Manor in Malmesbury - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 92. Whatley Manor in the southern Cotswolds was originally built as a farm house (and named Twatley Manor) in the 18th century as part of the farm estate Twatley farm. Since then, the manor changed hands several times, was renamed to its current name in the early 60s, and has been running as a hotel since 1987. Current owners of Whatley Manor are Alix Landolt and her son Christian, members of a...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - Malmesbury - 29-08-2017


Gidleigh Park in Chagford - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 85. For years Gidleigh Park in Chagford, Devon, was the home of chef Michael Caines, who ran the kitchens from 1994 up to and including 2015. The restaurant has held two Michelin stars since 1999, making it one of the longest running two-star restaurants in the UK. At the end of 2015 it was announced that Michael Caines would be leaving the restaurant after 21 years, to pursue a new business adventu...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - Devon - 26-08-2017


The West House in Biddenden - 1 Michelin star

Rating: 90. "Chefs are the new rock stars" PR people and agents are telling us, and it is true that many famous chefs have become celebrities. I don't really know whether they found the spotlight or whether the spotlight found them, but most couldn't possibly be mistaken for a true rock star. Marco Pierre White would be the obvious exception of course and when you look at the Instagram fee...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - Kent - 21-08-2017


The Hand & Flowers in Marlow - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 91. When I visited The Hand & Flowers for the first time back in 2010, Tom Kerridge had just been on Great British Menu (series 5), winning the main course with his slow-cooked Aylesbury duck with duck fat chips and gravy. He prolonged the main course title the next year with a hog roast. Participating in Great British Menu brought Tom Kerridge instant fame, to which Michelin contributed by...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - Buckinghamshire - 28-07-2017


Salt by Paul Foster in Stratford-upon-Avon

Rating: 89. These days more and more restaurants are being financed by crowdfunding. One of the first to set the crowdfunding ball running in 2013 was The Clove Club in London's Shoreditch, which was partly funded by a £250,000 crowdfunding campaign. A particularly spectacular case was Thai restaurant Som Saa in 2015, who forked in £700,000 on Crowdcube in just four days, £150,000 above ...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - 18-07-2017


Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons in Great Milton - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 88. Facebook showed me an "On this day" memory the other day. It was a photograph of my last visit to Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons ("Le Manoir") near Oxford, taken 7 years ago. Seven years, in which Britain experienced huge changes in the gastronomic landscape, certainly in London but also around the country. Things at Le Manoir haven't changed much. The location of t...
Category: Restaurants, - Subcategory UK - Great Milton - 14-07-2017


The Wild Rabbit in Kingham - 1 Michelin star

Rating: 93. Note (02/10/17): Executive chef Tim Allen has left The Wild Rabbit in August 2017 and the restaurant's Michelin star was retracted in 2018 Michelin guide for Great Britain & Ireland Daylesford is one of the most famous farm shops in the UK and was without a doubt a pioneering shop when it was established in 2002 by Lady (Carole) Bamford, wife of Lord (Anthony) Bamford, chairman of JCB...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - Kingham - 04-07-2017


Restaurant Lafleur in Frankfurt - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 93. Germany currently has no fewer than 39 2-star restaurants and in the 2017 guide for Germany the city of Frankfurt was featured with two 2-star restaurants, Tiger-Gourmetrestaurant and Restaurant Lafleur, both part of the the Tiger Palmen Gruppe. Tiger-Gourmetrestaurant was awarded its second Michelin star in November 2013 (2014 guide). Executive chef at the time was Andreas Krolik (b.1974), who no...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory Germany - Frankfurt - 04-06-2017


Restaurant Schwarzenstein - Nils Henkel in Geisenheim, Germany

Rating: 95. Just last December, it was announced that Burg Schwarzenstein, a luxury hotel located in the Rheingau wine region in Germany, had brought chef Nils Henkel on board to run their gourmet restaurant. Nils Henkel used to be executive chef at Gourmetrestaurant Lerbach at the Schloss Lerbach hotel in Bergisch-Gladbach, but he kind of fell of my radar when Schloss Lerbach ("Lerbach") closed its...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory Germany - Other - 10-05-2017


Dos Pebrots in Barcelona

Rating: 89. Dos Pebrots (two peppers) is the second restaurant of chef Albert Raurich, well-known as the former Chef de Cuisine (2000-2007) at elBulli. Raurich opened his first restaurant Dos Palillos (two cocktail sticks), a Spanish-Asian tapas bar, in 2008, followed by the opening of Dos Palillos in Berlin in 2010 (now closed). Dos Pebrots opened its doors in September 2016, with chef Borja García Or...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory Spain - Barcelona - 23-04-2017


Restaurant Arles in Amsterdam

Rating: 85. Restaurant Arles ("Arles') is a neo-bistro situated in the De Pijp area in Amsterdam, and is owned by hospitality concept developer Ronald Huiskamp and Bob Hamersma, son of renowned Dutch wine writer Harold Hamersma. Huiskamp was recently also involved as concept developer/consultant in the (re)launch of The White Room at the Krasnapolsky Hotel (three-star chef Jacob Jan Boerma's se...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 06-04-2017


Pure C in Zeeland, the Netherlands - 1 Michelin star

Rating: 93. When Pure C opened in 2010, it was the second restaurant of Dutch chef Sergio Herman, internationally acclaimed for his three Michelin starred restaurant Oud Sluis in Sluis. A lot has changed since then. In the summer of 2013 it was announced that Oud Sluis was to close its doors for good at the end of the year, Herman stating at the time "I've literally and figuratively reached my peak...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Cadzand - 01-04-2017


Atelier in Munich - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 98. Note: in November 2017 it was announced that Atelier was awarded 3 Michelin stars in the 2018 Michelin guide to Germany Atelier is the fine dining restaurant of Munich's luxury five-star Hotel Bayerischer Hof, recently making the news because of the high-profile 53rd Munich Security Conference that was held at the hotel. Executive chef of Atelier since 2014 is Jan Hartwig (b. 1982). Hartwig...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: Germany3 stars - 26-03-2017


Lasarte in Barcelona - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 92. In the latest edition of the Michelin guide for Spain and Portugal, Restaurante Lasarte ("Lasarte") in Barcelona was awarded three Michelin stars, taking the total number of three-star restaurants in Spain to nine. Lasarte, part of the Martin Berasategui restaurant group, opened its doors in 2006. Chef de Cuisine at Lasarte is Paolo Casagrande (b. 1979), who has worked together with Mari...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsSpain - 21-03-2017


Disfrutar in Barcelona - 1 Michelin star

Rating: 92. Molecular gastronomy has got a bad rep in recent years, mainly because a lot of people associate this type of cuisine with foams, gels and snow. Three important but often misunderstood technical innovations that sadly went from being ground-breaking and having a real purpose on the plate, to being overused and, even worse, often misused and ending up as an obligatory gimmick. Luckily there's s...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory Spain - Barcelona - 13-03-2017


Le Bernardin in New York City - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 92. Though it initially originated in France, Le Bernardin has been a permanent fixture on the New York fine dining scene for more than three decades now. The restaurant, originally named Le Moines de St. Bernardin, was established in Paris in 1972 by chef Gilbert Le Coze and his sister Maguy Le Coze. When the duo moved the restaurant to New York City in 1986 it was renamed to "Le Bernardi...
Category: Menuknop 1 - Subcategories: 3 starsU.S.A. - 23-02-2017


Hedone in London - 1 Michelin star

Rating: 92. Let me start with a little introduction of Hedone - after all it's been more than four years since my last visit. Hedone is the restaurant of chef-patron Mikael Jonsson (b. 1966), who had previously had a successful career as a corporate lawyer in Sweden. In the years before opening his own restaurant he was well-known and respected for his foodblog Gastroville (2005-2011, now defunct)....
Category: Restaurants, - Subcategory UK - London - 02-02-2017


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StreetXO (2016)
Hedone (2012/2016)
Kitty Fisher's (2015/2016)
Taberna do Mercado (2015/2016)
The Clove Club (2015/2016)
Bonhams Restaurant (2015)
Noble Rot (2015/2016)
Frenchie Covent Garden (2016)
Elystan Street (2016)
Park Chinois (2016)
Luca (2016)
Holborn Dining Room (2016)
Kiln (2016)
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The Fat Duck (05/11/12/13/15/16)
The Beehive, White Waltham (2016)
Andre Garrett at Cliveden (2016)
l'Enclume, Cartmel (2015)
Midsummer House (2012/2014)
Hind's Head (2011/2012/2016)
Northcote Manor (2010/2015)
The Royal Oak (2011/2012/2016)
The Curlew, Bodiam (2013)
Nathan Outlaw (2011/2013)
Paul Ainsworth at No 6 (2011/2013)
Gidleigh Park (2008/2011/2013)
The Sportsman (2012)
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Pure C, Cadzand (2017)
De Lindehof, Nuenen (2015/2017)
Arles, Amsterdam (2017)
Breda, Amsterdam (2016/2017)
Auberge Jean & Marie, Amsterdam (16/17)
Zarzo, Eindhoven (2017)
Tribeca, Heeze (2016)
Bord'eau, Amsterdam (12/13/14/15/16)
De Leest, Vaassen (08/12/14/16)
De Librije (07/09/10/11/12/13/14/15/16/17)
Moon, Amsterdam (2017)
Librije's Zusje, Amsterdam (2014/2015/2016)
Aan de Poel, Amstelveen (11/13/14/15/16/17)
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Atelier, Munich (2017)
Gustav, Frankfurt (2016)
Lafleur, Frankfurt (2016)
Villa Rotschild, Konigstein im Taunus (2016)
Geisels Werneckhof, Munich (2017)
Esszimmer, Munich (2017)
Gut Larchenhof, Pulheim (2016)
La Vie, Osnabruck (2011/2016)
Schwarzenstein, Geissenheim (2017)
Schloss Berg (2010/2013/2016)
Aqua (2013/2016)
Schanz, Piesport (2016)
Becker's, Trier (2016)
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El Celler de Can Roca, Girona (2012/2017)
Dos Palillos, Barcelona (2017)
Lasarte, Barcelona (2012/2017)
Eleven Madison Park, NYC (2016)
The Jane, Antwerp (2016/2017)
Hoja Santa, Barcelona (2017)
Blue Hill at Stone Barns (2016)
Espai Kru, Barcelona (2017)
Disfrutar, Barcelona (2017)
Dos Pebrots, Barcelona (2017)
Le Bernardin, NYC (2016)
Geranium, Copenhagen (2016)
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Le Cinq, Paris (2016)
l'Ambroisie, Paris (2016)
Mirazur, Menton (2016)
Neige d'Ete, Paris (2016)
l'Oustau de Baumaneire, France (2016)
Maison Bras, France (2016)
Hexagone, Paris (2016)
Le Vague d'Or, St Tropez (2016)
Champeaux, Paris (2016)
Le Petit Nice, Marseille (2016)
Regis et Jacques Marcon (2016)
Ledoyen (2014)
l'Assiette Champenoise (2014)

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