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RIJKS restaurant at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

Rating: 90. In April 2013 the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam finally reopened, following a lengthy and difficult renovation. During the 10-year renovation period the museum used the so-called Philips wing to display part of their world-famous collection. Right after the reopening of the Rijksmuseum, the wing was closed for refurbishment. In November 2014 the Philips wing reopened as an exhibition space of the Rijks...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 14-12-2014


Les Crayères in Reims - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 96. Les Crayères was originally built in the early 1900s as a family home for the Marquess and Marchioness of Polignac, at the time the owners of the Pommery Champagne house. In the seventies the château was purchased by Xavier Gardinier of the Gardinier Group, who decided to convert the château into a small luxury hotel and restaurant. Renovations began in 1979, the same year that ...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory France - Reims - 07-12-2014


City Social in London (Jason Atherton) - 1 Michelin star

Rating: 91. When Jason Atherton opened his first solo restaurant Pollen Street Social in April 2011, he said that he wanted to try to "deformalize fine dining as we know it". Hence the "Social" concept and he's been very successful with it. Pollen Street Social got a Michelin star within 6 months of its opening and in the few years since, the London "Social" family was extend...
Category: Menuknop 1 - Subcategory UK - London - 04-12-2014


Passage 53 in Paris - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 93. When Japanese chef and Astrance alumnus Shinichi Sato and Guillaume Guedj, a member of the famous Paris butcher family Desnoyer, had opened Passage 53 in 2009, Michelin was quick to award a first star (in the next, 2010 guide for France) and the following year the restaurant was awarded a second star. Passage 53 is a tiny restaurant located in Paris' famous Passage des Panoramas which opened i...
Category: Restaurants, - Subcategory France - Paris - 29-11-2014


Michelin guide Switzerland 2015

Yesterday Michelin released the results of the 2015 Michelin guide for Switzerland. The 2015 guide will go on sale on 27 November 2014. In the 2015 edition Michelin has awarded the substantial number of 18 restaurants their first Michelin star, taking the number of one-star restaurants in Switzerland up to 96. Among the new entries are: Maison Manesse and Sankt Meinrad in Zürich, Les Quatr...
Category: Michelin - 26-11-2014


Michelin guide Belgium and Luxembourg 2015

This morning Michelin announced the Michelin stars 2015 for Belgium and Luxembourg. The 2015 guide will go on sale on 27 November 2014. Restaurant Hertog Jan in Zedelgem (near Bruges) has managed to retain their three Michelin stars, after having moved to a new location in July 2014. Michelin on the restaurant's move (translated): "With the move to their beautifully rebuilt farmho...
Category: Michelin - 24-11-2014


The Greenhouse in London - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 91. Among London's nine two-star restaurants, The Greenhouse in Mayfair is an establishment with a long and successful history. The restaurant first opened its doors in 1977 and through the years there have been many great chefs behind the stove, such as Brian Turner, Gary Rhodes, Paul Merrett, Bjorn van der Horst and Antonin Bonnet. Under the reign of Gary Rhodes the Greenhouse was awarded a Mich...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 23-11-2014


Michelin guide Spain and Portugal 2015

Yesterday Michelin announced the results of the 2015 Spain and Portugal guide. Aponiente in El Puerto de Santa Maria, Cádiz, Spain and Belcanto in Lisbon, Portugal, have both been awarded a second star. Executive chef at Aponiente is Ángel León, often called Chef del Mar (Chef of the Sea) and executive chef at Belcanto is José Avilez. Michelin in their press release ...
Category: Michelin - 20-11-2014


Michelin guide Netherlands 2015

This morning in Maastricht, Michelin announced the results of the 2015 guide for the Netherlands. The 2015 edition of the Dutch guide will go on sale on 20 November 2014. Librije's Zusje in Amsterdam debuts in the 2015 edition with 2 Michelin stars. Librije's Zusje is three-star chef Jonnie Boer's new restaurant in Amsterdam, which opened its doors in May 2014. Head chef at Lib...
Category: Michelin - 17-11-2014


Porte 12 in Paris

Rating: 90. In September 2014, Porte 12 opened its doors on 12 Rue des Messageries in the 10th arrondissement in Paris, a space for many years occupied by Café Panique. Porte 12 is backed by Singapore chef André Chiang (Restaurant André, number 6 in the 2014 Asia's 50 Best Restaurants list) and the kitchen is overseen by his former sous-chef Vincent Crépel (30), who has also wo...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory France - Paris - 12-11-2014


l'Assiette Champenoise in Reims - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 93. When l'Assiette Champenoise was awarded a third Michelin star in February 2014, it had been more than 10 years since the Champagne area had had a three-star restaurant. The last one had been Les Crayères (now two stars) during the reign of Gérard Boyer, until his retirement in 2003. l'Assiette Champenoise is a family run hotel and restaurant in Reims, France. Executive chef i...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsFrance - 10-11-2014


Michelin guide Germany 2015

In Berlin, Michelin today announced the Michelin stars and Bib Gourmands 2015 for Germany. The 2015 Germany guide will hit the shelves on 7 November 2014. Restaurant Ammolite (the Lighthouse restaurant) in Rust (Baden-Württemberg), Brenners Park Restaurant in Baden-Baden (Baden-Würtenberg) and Esszimmer in Munich, have all gained a second star in the 2015 guide. Noteworthy is tha...
Category: Michelin, - 06-11-2014


Michelin guide Italy 2015

This morning Michelin announced the Michelin stars and Bib Gourmands 2015 for Italy. The 2015 Michelin guide for Italy will go on sale on 6 November 2014. In the 60th edition of the Italian guide, Michelin has awarded two restaurants a second Michelin star: Taverne Estia in Brusciano (near Naples) and Il Piccolo Principe in Viareggio (near Lucca, Tuscany). With these new additions the 2015 guid...
Category: Michelin - 04-11-2014


Inter Scaldes in Kruiningen (Zealand) - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 96. Manoir Restaurant Inter Scaldes ("Inter Scaldes") is currently the longest-running restaurant in the Netherlands to hold two Michelin stars. The second star was awarded in 1984, when the restaurant was under the reign of the previous owners, Maartje (chef) and Kees (maître d'hôtel) Boudeling, making Maartje the first Dutch female chef to be awarded two Michelin stars. Sin...
Category: Restaurants, - Subcategory The Netherlands - Other - 04-11-2014


Le Pavillon Ledoyen in Paris - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 97. The Paris high-end dining scene has been quite tumultuous lately, including some big-name chef swaps. It all started in January 2013, when Yannick Alléno announced that he was leaving Le Meurice after ten years of service. A couple of months later, Le Meurice appointed Alain Ducasse (and his right-hand man Christophe Saintagne) as Alléno's successor. Ducasse and Saintagne had som...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsFrance - 31-10-2014


Bord'eau in Amsterdam - 2 Michelin stars (2014 review)

Rating: 94. You were quick to pick up on this one. What do you mean? Well, the restaurant had been open for less than a year when you wrote in your October 2012 review: "Surely a Michelin star in next year's guide is a matter of course". True. And, did it happen? Yep, they got their first star in November 2012. Have you been back since your review? Yes I have, five times in fact; I realised that...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 20-10-2014


De Kromme Watergang in Hoofdplaat, Zealand Flanders - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 93. De Kromme Watergang is a restaurant owned by husband and wife team Edwin and Blanche Vincke in Hoofdplaat in Zealand-Flanders. The couple established the restaurant, housed in a former nursery school, in 1993. De Kromme Watergang received its first Michelin star in 2005, a second star followed in 2011 (2012 guide). These days, the province of Zealand shows an attractive Michelin-starred landscape,...
Category: Restaurants, - Subcategory The Netherlands - Other - 10-10-2014


Hertog Jan in Zedelgem (near Bruges) - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 97. Hertog Jan is a restaurant co-owned by chef Gert de Mangeleer (b. 1977) and maitre d'hôtel / sommelier Joachim Boudens. The duo met when they were working at Danny Horseele's then two Michelin-starred restaurant 't Molentje in Zeebrugge. Later on they moved on to Hertog Jan and in 2005 they took over the restaurant together. Michelin awarded Hertog Jan its first star in 2007, the...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsBelgium - 01-10-2014


Michelin guide New York City 2015

Yesterday Michelin released the New York City 2015 guide. The 2015 guide is the 10th edition. The first edition, the 2006 guide, was the first US Michelin guide; it was published in November 2005. The 2015 guide will go on sale today. Scandinavian restaurant Aquavit, tasting menu-only restaurant Blanca and Japanese restaurant Ichimura (Japanese, sushi) have all been awarded a second star, takin...
Category: Michelin - 01-10-2014


De Karmeliet in Bruges - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 92. Belgium currently counts 3 three-star restaurants: De Karmeliet in Bruges, Hof Van Cleve in Kruishoutem and Hertog Jan in Zedelgem (near Bruges). De Karmeliet has held this honour since 1996, making it the longest running three-star restaurant in Belgium at present. Chef-patron is Geert Van Hecke (b. 1956), who started the restaurant, with his wife Mireille, in 1983 on the corner of the Jeruzalems...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsBelgium - 28-09-2014


Follow that chef! - a list of all British and Irish Michelin starred chefs and restaurants on Twitter

This is a list (6th edition) of all British and Irish Michelin starred chefs/restaurants currently on Twitter, based on the 2015 Michelin guide for Great Britain and Ireland, which features 167 Michelin starred restaurants. In no other country chefs have embraced Twitter as much as in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The first edition of this list was published in November 2011 at a time when ...
Category: Michelin - 27-09-2014


Michelin guide Great Britain & Ireland 2015

Early this morning Michelin announced the Michelin stars and Bib Gourmands 2015 for Great Britain & Ireland. The 2015 edition will go on sale today. There are no new additions in the two or three-star categories but in the one-star category Michelin has awarded this accolade to 14 restaurants: 10 in England (of which 6 in London), 2 in Scotland and 2 in Wales. Among the new entries are Nath...
Category: Michelin - 25-09-2014


Midsummer House in Cambridge - 2 Michelin stars (2014 review)

Rating: 95. The 10.44 train from King's Cross station in London will take you to Cambridge in 46 minutes, and after a brisk walk to the Midsummer Common you are just in time for lunch at Midsummer House, the restaurant of chef/owner Daniel Clifford, located on the banks of the river Cam. I had had a fantastic meal at Midsummer House in July 2012 (see review), so I was very interested to see how things are evo...
Category: Restaurants, - Subcategory UK - Cambridge - 21-09-2014


Sea Grill in Brussels - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 92. Sea Grill is a two Michelin starred restaurant situated on the ground floor of the Radisson Blu hotel in Brussels. Chef and owner of the restaurant is Yves Mattagne (b. 1963), who has been at the helm of the kitchen since 1990. Mattagne received his training at the Hilton Hotel in Brussels and later on in Gatwick, at the Michelin starred l'Orangeraie in Zaventem (now defunct) and he did an 8-month...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory Belgium - Brussels - 17-09-2014


Comme Chez Soi in Brussels - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 90. In the early nineties the Belgian capital boasted no fewer than 3 restaurants with three Michelin-stars. They were Bruneau, Romeyer and Comme Chez Soi. Furthermore, Brussels was the home of 4 two-star restaurants and 18 one-star restaurants. Things have changed much since then: chefs retired or moved on to other ventures, and sometimes the restaurants simply closed. The numbers dwindled and in the...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory Belgium - Brussels - 12-09-2014


Restaurant Bon-Bon in Brussels - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 93. In 2011 chef Christophe Hardiquest moved his restaurant from the Brussels municipality of Uccle to the leafy and wealthy municipality of Woluwe Saint-Pierre. Bon-Bon was awarded a second star in November 2013 (2014 guide), ten years after the restaurant had got its first star. Christophe Hardiquest has trained at some of Brussels' most iconic restaurants, such as Sea Grill and Villa Lorraine (...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory Belgium - Brussels - 03-09-2014


Perceel in Capelle aan den IJssel, near Rotterdam - 1 Michelin star (2014 review)

Rating: 92. In my last review of Perceel (April 2012), I concluded that this establishment was one to follow over the coming years and that is precisely what I've been trying to do. I have been back twice since, the first time in January 2013 (see slideshow) and most recently in July 2014. During my last meal I noticed subtle changes, significant enough to warrant a new review. Perceel is open for l...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Rotterdam - 29-08-2014


The Ledbury in London - 2 Michelin stars (slideshow)

Rating: 94. The Ledbury is the kind of restaurant that I like to visit at least one or twice a year to see what they are up to. My last visit to Brett Graham's restaurant had been in January 2013, so a revisit was long overdue. A few things things have changed since my last visit. The restaurant has taken James Petrie on board as head of development and Darren McHugh as restaurant manager. James Petrie ...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 17-08-2014


Aan de Poel in Amstelveen, the Netherlands - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 92. Picture this: a brilliant waterside location with lovely views, a welcoming outdoor terrace, an equally good ambience indoors, 2 Michelin stars, and only 13 miles from the city centre of Amsterdam. Who can say no to that? Well I certainly can't, and in the last few years I have said yes to Aan de Poel many times. Aan de Poel is a restaurant owned by Stefan van Sprang (executive chef) and Robbe...
Category: Restaurants, - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amstelveen - 16-08-2014


Le Moissonnier in Cologne, Germany - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 90. The German city of Cologne currently has one two-star restaurant; it is Le Moissonnier in the Krefelder Strasse, styled like a French brasserie. The restaurant was originally established as an actual brasserie in 1987 by Vincent and Liliane Moissonnier, who still own the restaurant. Shortly after the opening Eric Menchon took on the role of head chef and more than 25 years later he is still in cha...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory Germany - Cologne - 14-08-2014


FG in Rotterdam - 2 Michelin stars (slideshow)

Rating: 93. In November 2013 FG restaurant in Rotterdam (previously named Ivy) was awarded a second Michelin star.  In my opinion this second star was well-deserved since chef Francois Geurds (former sous-chef at The Fat Duck) and his team had consistently been cooking at this level for a number of years already (see my 2011 and 2012 reviews). On Saturday 17 May 2014 I had a delightful lunch at FG. This ...
Category: Restaurants, - Subcategory The Netherlands - Rotterdam - 05-08-2014


Fäviken Magasinet in Järpen, Sweden

Rating: 96. "I often feel as though things take place of their own accord, and that the only thing I do is fine-tune a process that was already happening anyway (...)", Magnus Nilsson (b. 1983) writes in the Introduction to his book "Fäviken" (Phaidon, 2012). Here is a modest but a solid claim from the man who is executive chef at restaurant Fäviken Magasinet near Järpen in the middle of Sweden. When you thin...
Category: Restaurants, - Subcategory Sweden - Jarpen - 03-08-2014


Rivea at the Bulgari Hotel in London (Alain Ducasse)

Rating: 87. Rivea is a casual "small plates" dining concept launched by Alain Ducasse in Saint Tropez last year. It has had a London outpost since May 2014 and Ducasse is planning to open a third branch at the Delano Las Vegas hotel by the end of this year. Rivea London is housed in the Bulgari Hotel in Knightsbridge and at the helm of the kitchen is Damien Leroux, who has worked at Ducasse restaura...
Category: Restaurants, - Subcategory UK - London - 26-07-2014


Lyle's in Shoreditch, London

Rating: 88. Lyle's is chef James Lowe's much anticipated solo-restaurant, located on the ground floor of the Tea Building in Shoreditch. The Tea building was originally built as a warehouse and distribution centre for the Lipton Tea Company, but is now home to shops, galleries, offices and Shoreditch House, a boutique hotel which occupies the top three floors of the building. And Lyle's of course....
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 26-07-2014


Sergi Arola in Madrid - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 91. Spanish celebrity chef and restaurateur Sergi Arola's eponymous restaurant is located in the Chamberi district in Madrid. Sergi Arola (b. 1968) received his training in the 90s from iconic three-star chefs Pierre Gagnaire and Ferran Adria, among others. In 1997 he became executive chef at La Broche restaurant in Madrid. The restaurant won its first Michelin star the next year and a second star...
Category: Restaurants, - Subcategory Spain - Madrid - 11-07-2014


Santceloni in Madrid - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 90. Restaurant Santceloni at the Hesperia Hotel in Madrid was originally established by the late, Catalan three-star chef Santi Santamaria. Head chef since the opening in 2001 has been Santi Santamaria protogé Oscar Velasco. After attending the Segovia School of Hospitality, Velasco started his training at Benjamin Urdiain's iconic Zalacain in Madrid (Spain's first three-star restaurant...
Category: Restaurants, - Subcategory Spain - Madrid - 07-07-2014


Fera at Claridge's by Simon Rogan

Rating: 99. Note: Fera was awarded a Michelin star in the 2015 guide to Great Britain & Ireland. In February 2013, it was announced that Gordon Ramsay's contract to run the restaurant at Claridge's in Mayfair would not be renewed. Thomas Kochs, the hotel's general manager said: "We feel the time has come (...) for a new dining direction for Claridge's (...)." It wasn't unt...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 06-07-2014


Amador in Mannheim, Germany - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 97. My first meal at Amador was 6 years ago in 2008. Obviously I don't remember all the details of that multi-course meal, but one dish is forever imprinted on my mind. It was Juan Amador's interpretation of 'Strammer Max' (a traditional German ham and fried egg sandwich), where the ham came in the form of a liquid ham jelly, served in a small tube/straw. Juan Amador (b. 1968), son ...
Category: Restaurants, - Subcategories: 3 starsGermany - 24-06-2014


London House (Gordon Ramsay) in Battersea, London

Rating: 87. London House in Battersea is Gordon Ramsay's latest restaurant (and cocktail lounge) in the British capital, which opened in February 2014. Behind the stove is chef Anna Haugh-Kelly, who previously worked at Pied à Terre and The Square in London, among others. With this new addition, Gordon Ramsay's restaurant empire now counts 27 restaurants, with outposts in London (12), the Unite...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 20-06-2014


Restaurant Bareiss in Baiersbronn, Germany - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 97. While The Fat Duck in Britain and elBulli in Spain were taking centre stage in the international gastronomic world in the mid 2000's, quietly the gastronomic equivalent of a "Wirtschaftswunder" was taking place in Germany. This "Wunder" started in 2004 (2005 guide) when Michelin appointed Joachim Wissler's Vendôme in Bergisch-Gladbach as Germany's sixth three-...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsGermany - 13-06-2014


Restaurant Schwarzwaldstube in Baiersbronn, Germany - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 96. If there is a place in Germany that can lay claim to being the high altar of German gastronomy, it must be restaurant Schwarzwaldstube in hotel Traube Tonbach in Baiersbronn (Black Forest). Under the aegis of Harald Wohlfahrt (b. 1955) since 1980, it has held three Michelin stars without interruption since 1992. After Eckart Witzigmann, Herbert Schönberner, Heinz Winkler and Jean-Claude Bourg...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsGermany - 09-06-2014


Arzak in San Sebastian, Spain - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 94. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Arzak in San Sebastian, Spain, as a three Michelin star restaurant. When Chef/patron Juan Mari Arzak was awarded the third star in 1989, he was the second Spanish chef to receive this honour. Arzak was originally established as a tavern by Juan Mari's grandparents in 1897. Juan Mari has been in charge of the kitchen since 1967 and he was one of the founding ...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsSpain - 21-05-2014


Launceston Place, London - 1 Michelin star

Rating: 93. Launceston Place in South Kensington is part of the D & D Restaurant group, who own over 25 restaurants and bars scattered around London. Since February 2012 the head chef has been Tim Allen, who trained with British chefs Martin Burge (at two-star The Dining Room at Whatley Manor in Malmesbury) and John Burton Race, first at two-star l'Ortolan in Reading and later on at two-star The Landm...
Category: Restaurants, - Subcategory UK - London - 18-05-2014


DiverXO in Madrid, Spain - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 98. Everybody loves to predict a winner. With new three-star restaurants you often see that the third star has already been predicted by many, but occasionally there will be a new three-star restaurant that seems to have dropped straight from the sky - like a meteorite. In those cases, the restaurant wasn't on anyone's three-star radar, apart perhaps from the local foodies or the occasional lucky punt...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsSpain - 13-05-2014


Librije's Zusje at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Amsterdam

Rating: 94. The Herengracht in Amsterdam is probably the city's most expensive postal code. It is its Mayfair, its Upper Eastside, its 1st arrondissement, if you will. Of all the canals in Amsterdam (a Unesco World Heritage site since 2010), the Herengracht is the most prestigious. It was named in 1612 after the "Heeren Regeerders van de Stad Amsterdam" (the governors of the city of Amsterdam) a...
Category: Restaurants, - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 06-05-2014


Les Prés d'Eugénie - Michel Guérard

Rating: 98. These days no awards ceremony (and they are plentiful) seems to be complete without a 'Lifetime Achievement Award'. Among the still active grandfathers, godfathers of French cuisine, the famous Paul Bocuse (86) is no doubt the doyen, but the name of legendary French chef Michel Guérard (81) seems surprisingly overlooked. Guérard is a man who has devoted his life to his profes...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsFrance - 02-05-2014


Marcus at The Berkeley Hotel in London

Rating: 93. "My number one priority is ending the stuffiness”. With those words Marcus Wareing announced in January this year that he would be temporarily closing his eponymous two-star restaurant at the Berkeley Hotel in London for refurbishment and that the restaurant would relaunch as the less formal 'Marcus'. Three months and £1.4 million later, the restaurant has shed its old Pet...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 25-04-2014


Azurmendi in Larrabetzu, Spain - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 100. One of the nice things of having your own website is that there is no chief-editor whose job it is to limit the number of words of your article. If there was one and if I would be forced to pick four dishes to give an impression of the marathon meal at three-star restaurant Azurmendi described below, it would be 'Bloody Mar' - a swig of the sea, 'Duck Royal a l'Orange' - modern techniques meet old...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsSpain - 16-04-2014


Ekstedt in Stockholm - 1 Michelin star

Rating: 90. "No electric cookers, no gas burners; just heat, soot, ash, smoke and fire". It was that statement on the "About Us" section on their website, what drew me to Ekstedt. The exterior and interior suggest a modern Stockholm restaurant but the cooking techniques in the kitchen are quite the opposite. At Ekstedt all the food is cooked on a cast iron stove, over an open fire pit, in ...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory Sweden - Stockholm - 28-03-2014


Dinner by Heston Blumenthal - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 95. Restaurants and their signature dishes, there are many examples. Famous ones are Paul Bocuse's 'Soupe aux truffes noires V.G.E.', Frederic Anton's 'La Pomme', Thomas Keller's 'Oysters and Pearls', Massimo Bottura's 'Oops, I dropped the lemon tart', Gordon Ramsay's 'Lobster Ravioli', Pascal Barbot's 'Tarte au foie gras, c...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 21-03-2014


Ciel Bleu in Amsterdam - 2 Michelin stars (2014 review)

Rating: 92. With its location on the 23rd floor of the Okura Hotel in Amsterdam, Ciel Bleu still takes the lead when it comes to bright lights, big city views over Amsterdam. But where Ciel Bleu used to be the only two-star restaurant in the Dutch capital for years, Amsterdam now boasts three two-star restaurants, the newcomers in this category being Bord'eau at the l'Europe Hotel and &samhoud pla...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 20-03-2014


Le Petit Bistro at The Grand in Amsterdam - perhaps not?!

Rating: 83. The week of 10 - 16 March 2014 was a remarkable week in gastronomy. Michelin published the Main Cities of Europe guide 2014 and announced the future publication of a new Nordic guide. Michael Ellis commented on Noma and the third star (so far not forthcoming) and in the Anglo-Saxon world there was a lot of discussion about the web of interdependency weaved by bloggers, journalists, restaurants and...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 16-03-2014


Nordic Michelin starred chefs on Twitter

This is a list of all Nordic Michelin starred chefs/restaurants currently on Twitter, based on the Michelin guide for Main Cities of Europe 2014, which features 39 Michelin starred restaurants in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Michelin is expected to publish a separate Nordic countries guide in April 2014. In cases where the head chef(s) doesn't/don't have a personal Twitter acc...
Category: Michelin - 12-03-2014


Michelin guide Main Cities of Europe 2014

This morning in Stockholm Michelin presented the 2014 edition of the Main Cities of Europe guide. Also announced today was that Michelin is going to publish a separate Nordic guide; according to the wording of the press-release it will be published in April 2014. Michelin has awarded Funky Gourmet in Athens a second Michelin star. Head chefs at Funky Gourmet are Georgianna Hiliadaki and Nick Ro...
Category: Michelin - 12-03-2014


Matbaren in Stockholm - 1 Michelin star

Rating: 90.   Matbaren is the second, bistro-style restaurant of Bocuse d'Or gold medalist Mathias Dahlgren. The restaurant is located on the ground floor of Stockholm's Grand Hôtel and shares an entrance with Dahlgren's two-star fine dining restaurant Matsalen. Matbaren has held a Michelin star since 2008. On the menu are small plates, some more substantial than others, which yo...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory Sweden - Stockholm - 10-03-2014


Vintage Port 1994 - a mixed bag?!

The 1970's and 1980's will not go down in history as a particularly glorious era for vintage port. This is not the place to analyse the root causes in detail, but it is likely that the use of chemical fertilizers and herbicides (which increased dramatically with the construction of the patamares) and poor handling and hygiene are collectively to blame. The 1970 vintage was excellent, pro...
Category: Wine - Subcategory Other - 09-03-2014


Frantzén in Stockholm (2014 review)

Rating: 98. Since my maiden visit to Frantzén in December 2012, chef Björn Frantzén has built himself a small empire on the block between Lilla Nygatan and Mälartorget in the old town of Stockholm. The flagship restaurant has been joined by the following siblings: gastropub The Flying Elk, cocktail bar The Corner Club and wine bar Gaston (all opened in March 2013), and the latest famil...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory Sweden - Stockholm - 08-03-2014


Dom Beisl in Vienna - 1 Michelin star

Rating: 82. What does it take to get a Michelin star? People often ask me. In recent years Michelin has lifted the veil of secrecy around the awarding process slightly, but most of it is still a mystery to us all. The quality of the food is all that matters, Michelin states explicitly and the verdict from Mount Michelympus is supposed to be as impartial as that of Lady Justice herself. In reality, the judges ...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory Austria - Vienna - 25-02-2014


Michelin guide France 2014

This morning Michelin announced the results of the 2014 guide for France. Michelin has awarded a third star to L'Assiette Champenoise in Reims. Executive chef at L'Assiette Champenoise is 39-year-old Arnaud Lallement, who has trained in the kitchens of some of France's most legendary chefs, like Roger Vergé, Alain Chapel and Michel Guérard. The restaurant was awarded i...
Category: Michelin - 24-02-2014


Daalder in Amsterdam

Rating: 90. Restaurant Daalder is located in a former jazz café on the corner of the Lindengracht and the Eerste Goudsebloemdwarsstraat in in the historic Jordaan area of Amsterdam. But if you look at the rave reviews that Daalder has garnered since Guillaume de Beer became head chef at the end of 2012, you might also say that Daalder is located on the corner of 'popular' and 'fab...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 22-02-2014


Steirereck in Vienna - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 92. Steirereck is a second generation restaurant located on the banks of the river Wien in Vienna's Stadtpark in a former 'milk pump room'. Heinz Reitbauer senior and his wife Margarethe opened Steirereck on the corner of the Rasumofskygasse and the Weissgerberlände in Vienna in 1970. In 1996 the Reitbauer family established Wirtshaus Steirereck Pogusch, a restaurant, country inn and ...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory Austria - Vienna - 18-02-2014


Silvio Nickol in Vienna - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 93. Palais Coburg is a suite-only hotel in the heart of Vienna, originally built in 1840-1845 as the residence of Prince Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, who was related to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Various members of the Saxe-Coburg-Gotha family lived in the palace until 1994. In 1997 Palais Coburg was purchased by the POK Pühringer Piravatstiftung, a private foundation establis...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory Austria - Vienna - 12-02-2014


Restaurant Fred in Rotterdam - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 91. With the release of the 2014 Michelin guide, the Netherlands gained 3 new two-star restaurants, Restaurant Fred and FG (previously Ivy), both in Rotterdam and Bord'eau in Amsterdam. The Netherlands have 19 two-star restaurants in total. Fred Mustert's eponymous restaurant opened its doors in 2008 and was awarded its first Michelin star in 2010. Before opening his own restaurant Fred Muster...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Rotterdam - 05-02-2014


Villa Merton in Frankfurt - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 87. Restaurant Villa Merton is housed in a neo-Baroque villa, located in the diplomatic district of Frankfurt. The villa is also the home of the 'Union International Club', a international service club. The villa was originally built as a family home in 1927 for the Jewish industrialist and politician Richard Merton. After having been persecuted by the Nazis for a number of years, Richard...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory Germany - Frankfurt - 27-01-2014


Brasserie Chavot in London - 1 Michelin star

Rating: 89. In 2009 French chef Eric Chavot surprised the London dining scene with the sudden announcement he would be leaving his position as head chef of The Capital Restaurant at the Capital Hotel. Chavot had been the head chef of the two-star restaurant for almost 10 years. Initially he wanted to take some time off to travel, but not long after his departure he became consulting c...
Category: Menuknop 1 - Subcategory London - 25-01-2014


Restaurant Story in London - 1 Michelin star

Rating: 91. The tale of Restaurant Story starts in October 2011 when the London Borough of Southwark grants planning permission for the demolition of a former public toilet block on Tooley Street and to rebuild it as a restaurant. The month after, chef Tom Sellers (b. 1987) announces a 2-day pop-up event called 'Foreword' where people can preview the food of his upcoming restaurant. Some 18 months and...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 16-01-2014


Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 96. The first time I heard of Italian chef Massimo Bottura was in 2006, when he appeared in Heston Blumenthal's "In Search For Perfection" series. In that particular episode, Heston was on a mission to create the perfect Spag Bol. After some research in Bologna, Heston ended up at in the test kitchen of the then two-star restaurant Osteria Francescana in Modena, were Massimo Bottura...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: Italy3 stars - 13-01-2014


Le Clos du Cèdre in Beaune, France - 1 Michelin star

Rating: 82. Restaurant Le Clos du Cèdre is housed in the charming, 5-star Hostellerie Le Cèdre hotel in Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy. The hotel only recently got its 5-star rating and the recently added 5th star, which is proudly displayed on the facade of the hotel, still needs to get the patina the other 4 already have. Since 2012 the head chef at Le Clos du Cèdre is Chr...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory France - Other - 08-01-2014


Chapeau in Bloemendaal, the Netherlands - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 95. Bloemendaal is a small to medium-sized, rather posh town, some 15 miles west of Amsterdam and close to the North Sea coastline. In the middle of the town centre you will find restaurant Chapeau, which is housed in an elegant "town villa" as they are called in the Netherlands, which used to serve as a hotel. Chapeau opened its doors in 1996 and is run by Ronald Voogel and h...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - 07-01-2014


Restaurant Nathan Outlaw - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 94. Nathan Outlaw's eponymous fine dining restaurant in Rock, Cornwall, has become a true destination restaurant, attracting foodies from far and near. I last visited the restaurant in June 2011 and a lot has happened since. Ever since seafood chef Nathan Outlaw was awarded a second Michelin star in January 2011 he has been on a roller coaster. First there was a book deal: his first book...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - Cornwall - 05-01-2014


The 15 Best Dishes of 2013 according to Elizabeth Auerbach aka ElizabethOnFood (as featured on Eater)

As featured on "The average person spends six years and 10 months of a lifetime eating, the statistics say. Since I started in 2010, I have at least added a couple of months to that number and I have to admit that in 2013 I spent an inordinate amount of time in (Michelin starred) restaurants. This year has been exceptional; I have eaten my...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory Other - 31-12-2013


The Fat Duck Christmas Lunch 2013

At The Fat Duck, operation "Christmas Lunch 2013" was a very serious and passionate affair. The Fat Duck is of course world famous for its carefully designed, elaborate and entertaining, 12-course tasting menu, and they wanted the Christmas lunch menu 2013 to be at least its equal and perhaps even to surpass it. Hence, preparations for this year's Christ...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsUK - 15-12-2013


Lima, London - 1 Michelin star

Rating: 90. Ají limo pepper, Algarrobo tree syrup, Cancha corn, Chia seeds, Paiche, Tiger's milk, Kiwicha, Maca; these are just few characteristic Peruvian ingredients. Most of us are unaccustomed with these ingredients - at least I am. Authentic Peruvian restaurants used to be hard to come by in Europe, but things are changing rapidly and London is leading the way. Last year at least three Peruvian restauran...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 03-12-2013


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My Restaurants

City Social (2014)
Fera at Clardiges (2014)
The Greenhouse (2014)
Gymkhana (2014)
Typing Room (2014)
Rivea (2014)
Launceston Place (2014)
Marcus (2014)
Lyle's (2014)
The Ledbury (2011/2013/2014)
Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley (2011/2014)
Kurobuta (2014)
London House (2014)
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Midsummer House (2012/2014)
The Fat Duck (05/11/12/13)
The Curlew, Bodiam (2013)
Nathan Outlaw (2011/2013)
Paul Ainsworth at No 6 (2011/2013)
Gidleigh Park (2008/2011/2013)
The Sportsman (2012)
Tuddenham Mill (2012)
Sat Bains restaurant (2012)
The Royal Oak (2011/2012)
Alimentum (2012)
Rocksalt (2012/2013)
The Hand & Flowers (2010/2011)
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Librije's Zusje, Amsterdam (2014)
De Librije (07/09/10/11/12/13/14)
Bord'eau, Amsterdam (12/13/14)
Perceel, Capelle a/d IJssel (2012/2013/2014)
Rijks, Amsterdam (2014)
Ciel Bleu, Amsterdam (2011/2014)
Aan de Poel, Amstelveen (2011/2013/2014)
Inter Scaldes (2009/2012/2014)
Ratatouille, Haarlem (2014)
Ivy, Rotterdam (2011/2012/2014)
&samhoud places (2012/2013/2014)
Johannes, Amsterdam (2014)
Chapeau!, Bloemendaal (2013)
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Amador (2008/2010/2014)
Schwarzwaldstube (2007/0214)
Bareiss (2014)
Le Moissonnier, Cologne (2014)
Uberfahrt, Rottach-Egern (2013)
Schloss Berg (2010/2013)
La Belle Epoque (2013)
Villa Merton, Frankfurt (2013)
Reinstoff (2013)
Tim Raue, Berlin (2013)
Waldhotel Sonnora (03/09/13)
Aqua (2013)
Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer, Berlin (2013)
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Faviken, Sweden (2014)
Azurmendi, Spain (2014)
DiverXO, Madrid (2014)
Frantzen, Stockholm (2012/2014)
Arzak, Spain (2014)
Steirereck, Vienna (2014)
Sergi Arola, Madrid (2014)
Ekstedt, Stockholm (2014)
Bon-Bon, Brussels (2014)
Dom Beisl, Vienna (2014)
Matbaren, Stockholm (2014)
Silvio Nickol, Vienna (2014)
Santceloni, Madrid (2014)
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l'Assiette Champenoise (2014)
Porte 12, Paris (2014)
Les Crayeres, Reims (2014)
Akrame, Paris (2014)
Ledoyen (2014)
Passage 53, Paris (2014)
Michel Guerard, Eugenie-les-Bains (2014)
l'Arpege (2013)
Le Pre Catelan (2013)
Jean-Francois Piege, Paris (2013)
Le Clos du Cedre, Beaune (2013)
Le Cote Saint Jacques, Joigny (2013)
l'Atelier Robuchon, St Germain (2013)

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