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About Elizabeth On Food

I started writing about food in 2010 when I founded my website. Before that, I had been taking a serious interest in restaurants and gastronomy for more than a decade and many people had said to me that I “really ought to do something with all that knowledge". When the New York based photographer Dana Lixenberg, whom I met in 2009, became the umpteenth person to say so, unwittingly she gave me the final push and before I knew it, I had started

Restaurant reviews feature prominently on my website and occasionally I write for the American food and restaurant website about the restaurant scenes in LondonAmsterdam and Berlin. During my travels I mainly focus on Michelin starred restaurants in Europe and the United States. I don't consider myself to be a so-called "star chaser" but with a website like this it's inevitable that you end up with a ridiculous number of Michelin starred restaurants under your belt. In the last 15 years or so, I have visited 70+ three-star restaurants in Europe and the United States, a number of which multiple times, and I've sat at the table of almost all two-star restaurants in the United Kingdom, Germany, and the Netherlands, and a good number in France, Spain and Belgium. I've stopped counting the one-star restaurants. Obviously good food is not just about Michelin stars, so on my website you will find reviews of other interesting restaurants as well, and on my (Instagram (30k followers) account you will find anything from Michelin stars to fast food, and from caviar to burger.

I review restaurants according to the following principles:

➤ I write unbiased reviews about the restaurants I visit: I go in with realistic expectations

➤ Apart from hospitable gestures of a symbolic nature and importance (e.g. a glass of champagne or a cup of coffee/tea), I do not knowingly accept, nor do I seek, any subsidy, in any form, from anybody, as I wish to avoid any potential conflicts of interests

➤ I always pay for all the costs involved with my restaurant visits, including all travel expenses

➤ I do not vote for any restaurant list. I never have and I don't intend to either

➤ I do not review restaurants by invitation
➤ I do not pre-announce my visit to a restaurant via email or on social media
➤ I  visit restaurants anonymously whenever possible, so I can have a representative restaurant experience

➤ If I do get recognised in a restaurant, I will mention this in my review

If there are exceptional circumstances surrounding a restaurant meal, which cause me to diverge from these principles, I will provide an explicit disclosure in my review.

The main criteria for judging a restaurant meal are quality and knowledge of ingredients, but I'm not necessarily an ingredient fetishist/snob, e.g. I do very much appreciate a Bresse chicken but a good free-range British chicken can be just as wonderful. Equally important are skill and cooking techniques, but also personality, creativity and originality. I consider the four fundamentals of a great dish to be: intensity, definition, complexity and harmony. 

I rate restaurants on a 100-point scale* (inspired by the Robert Parker rating system):

  • Extraordinary (96-100)
  • Outstanding (93-95)
  • Very good to Excellent (89-92)
  • Above average to Good (86-88)
  • Below average to Average (80-85)
  • Avoid (anything below 80)

*60 points are awarded just for switching on the lights and serving me food

ElizabethOnFood is currently getting some 35,000 unique visitors per month, with visitors coming from more than 100 countries. My main audience are readers/followers from the United Kingdom, followed by the United States, the Netherlands and Germany.

Elizabeth Auerbach (16-05-2017)

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Posted 23-02-2015


My Restaurants

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)
My Restaurants

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)
My Restaurants

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)
My Restaurants

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)
My Restaurants

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)
My Restaurants

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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