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Rating: 89. Picture this: you're a Russian multi-millionaire with a love for wine and food and you already own Hedonism Wines in Mayfair, which has quickly become one of the world's foremost merchants in fine wine. It has some 6,500 different wines in stock, including some very rare and very fine bottles, think Lafite and Pétrus vintages which go back to 1949 and 1945 respectively, and a larg...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 28-05-2018
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Cornerstone in Hackney Wick, London

Rating: 90. Hackney has become so hip by now, that it's hard to imagine that only a decade ago it was difficult to find a cabbie who would take you from central London to anywhere near Clapton Road aka "Murder Mile". A friend of mine was living on Ickburgh Road at the time, and when we would ask to be taken there, more often than not the cabbie would look at us with a combination of suspicion ...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 22-05-2018
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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
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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
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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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Elystan Street in London

Rating: 86. Last year London's Mayfair saw two veteran chefs leaving this very prestigious area: Phil Howard of the much-loved and celebrated The Square on Bruton Street, the longest running two Michelin-starred restaurant in London after Le Gavroche, and Claude Bosi of the equally loved and celebrated Hibiscus, also two Michelin stars, on Maddox Street. The Square is still open for business and ha...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 19-01-2017
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StreetXO in London

Rating: 93. "Beware, all ye who enter here!": this was the last line of my 2014 review of David Muñoz' (b. 1980) three-star restaurant DiverXO in Madrid. Muñoz is one of the most innovative chefs of recent times, and dining at his funhouse restaurant doesn't leave anybody indifferent. Some experience shock, others experience awe, some experience love and others experience hat...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 22-11-2016
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Frenchie Covent Garden in London

Rating: 89. "Frenchie" was initially a nickname given to chef Greg Marchand by Jamie Oliver when he was working at Oliver's Fifteen in London in the mid 00's, but in 2009 it was adopted as the name of Marchand's instantly popular and famous bistro on 5 Rue de Nil in Paris. Six years on there's Frenchie Bar à Vins, Frenchie To Go (a sandwich shop), and Frenchie Caviste (a win...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 12-07-2016
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The Dining Room at The Goring in London - 1 Michelin star

Rating: 91. In the latest edition of the Michelin guide for Great Britain & Ireland, The Dining Room at The Goring was awarded a Michelin star, the first star in the history of the hotel. The Goring Hotel was established by Otto Goring in 1910 and has been run by the Goring family ever since. The hotel is now managed by Jeremy Goring, the fourth generation. In 2011 The Goring became world-famous when th...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 13-01-2016
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Noble Rot Wine Bar & Restaurant in London

Rating: 89. The first time I heard of Noble Rot Magazine was in February 2015, when I was given a copy after lunch at The Clove Club in London. Noble Rot Magazine is a quarterly indie magazine founded by Dan Keeling and Mark Andrew in 2013.  Andrew is senior buyer at London's Roberson Wine and is also studying to become a Master of Wine. Keeling previously worked in the music industry as head of A&am...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 09-12-2015
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Chez Bruce in London - 1 Michelin star

Rating: 90. What makes a London restaurant a culinary institution? How about having held a Michelin star since 1999? Or (equally impressively) having featured in the Harden's guide "Top Gastronomic Experience" top 10 for more than 10 years? Chez Bruce is owned by chef Bruce Poole and his business partner Nigel Platts-Martin, who opened the restaurant in 1995. Other London restaurants owned by Po...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 14-10-2015
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Portland in London

Rating: 88. In January 2015 restaurateurs Daniel Morgenthau (previously of 10 Greek Street) and Will Lander (co-owner of the Quality Chop House and son of food and wine power couple Nick Lander and Jancis Robinson) opened Portland on Great Portland Street in London's West End. Behind the stove of this 45-cover restaurant is Merlin Labron-Johnson, previously sous chef at Kobe Desramaults' In De Wulf in...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 12-10-2015
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Taberna do Mercado in London

Rating: 89. Ever since arriving on the London dining scene in 2006, when he opened gastropub Bacchus (now closed), Nuno Mendes (b.1973) has been one of the most talked about chefs in the British capital, with Chiltern Firehouse certainly creating über-buzz in the last 18 months. In 2010, two yearsafter Bacchus closed, Mendes opened Viajante in London's Bethnal Green (1 Michelin star, now cl...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 07-10-2015
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Kitty Fisher's in London

Rating: 90. The heydays of "turning tricks" in Mayfair's Shepherd Market are long gone, but the area is still associated with prostitutes and it is continues to be referred to as Mayfair's red-light district. If you type "Shepherd Market" in the Google search box, Google will suggest adding "prostitute", "opening hours" and "restaurant", three words th...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 25-08-2015
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Bonhams Restaurant in London

Rating: 89. Food and art have always gone hand in hand and these days any self-respecting museum has a restaurant, or a café at least. Auction houses also have lots of art on display, albeit very temporarily, but until recently you were lucky to get a cup of tea or coffee there. London's major auction houses do have private dining rooms, but from personal experience I can confirm that the focus ten...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 16-08-2015
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The Ivy in London

Rating: 87. In his book The Ivy, the restaurant and its recipes, A.A. Gill mentions that "a table at the Ivy is one of the most sought after pieces of furniture in London". Gill's book was published in 1997, and perhaps it's no longer THE hottest table in town, but longtime celebrity magnet The Ivy is still an undisputed icon on the London dining scene, and it will be of no surprise that The...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 14-08-2015
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Spring at Somerset House in London

Rating: 90. Spring is chef Skye Gyngell's highly-anticipated new restaurant and first solo-venture, which opened its doors in November 2014. The restaurant is located in Somerset House, an art and cultural centre situated at the south end of the Strand. Skye Gyngell (b. 1963) started her career in Sidney, moving to Europe to work alongside Anne Willan at the iconic French cookery school La Varenne in Pari...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 14-03-2015
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The Clove Club in London - 1 Michelin star

Rating: 92. In the last century the food that London's East End was mainly known for, was pie and mash and jellied eels, but it has transformed rapidly into one of the trendiest parts of culinary London. The East End, and Shoreditch in particular, has become the location of choice for London's new generation of chefs. In Shoreditch, in the space of a mile-and-a-half square, you will find the restauran...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 02-03-2015
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Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in London - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 96. London SW3 4HP, 68 Royal Hospital Road, is an address that has been associated with haute cuisine for almost four decades now. First it was the home of Pierre Koffmann's famed three-star restaurant La Tante Claire from 1977 till 1998, when Gordon Ramsay established his first solo restaurant here, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. The restaurant was awarded three Michelin stars within three years after...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsUK - 19-02-2015
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The Square in London - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 93. Next year restaurant The Square in London will celebrate its 25th anniversary, making it the longest running two Michelin starred restaurant in London after Le Gavroche. Executive chef and co-owner since the beginning is Phil Howard (b. 1967), who had worked alongside Marco Pierre White at Harvey's and Simon Hopkinson at Bibendum before opening The Square in 1991. The Square was awarded its fi...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 11-01-2015
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Typing Room at the Town Hall Hotel in London

Rating: 89. Earlier this month, Harden's reported that in the past year no fewer than 148 new restaurants opened in London. In the press release of the 2015 London restaurant guide, Harden's named Typing Room as one of the 10 most notable newcomers. Typing room is the first solo-restaurant of chef Lee Westcott and is located at the Town Hall Hotel in East London, a space previously occupied by Nuno Me...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 24-12-2014
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Launceston Place, London - 1 Michelin star

Rating: 93. Note: Chef Tim Allen left Launceston Place in August 2015. 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-st...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 18-05-2014
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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
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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
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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: Restaurants - Subcategories: LondonUK - 25-01-2014
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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
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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 Pe...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 03-12-2013
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Berners Tavern at the Edition Hotel

Rating: 88. After a refurbishment of almost 3 years, the old Berners Hotel on 10 Berners Street in London's West End, reopened late September as the London Edition Hotel. Edition is a luxury hotel brand, created by entrepreneur Ian Shrager and the Marriott hotel group. In the 1970s and 1980s Ian Shrager and his business partner Steve Rubbel were widely known as the founders and owners of legendary New Yor...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 10-11-2013
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Umu in Mayfair, London - 1 Michelin star

Rating: 90. When Umu restaurant opened its doors in 2004 in Mayfair it was the first Kyoto kaiseki restaurant in Britain. The restaurant is part of the MARC group, that also owns The Greenhouse in Mayfair, Cassis bistro in Knightsbridge and Morton's Club, a private members' club in Mayfair. Within a year after its opening Umu was awarded a Michelin star (2005 guide). Executive chef of Umu is Yoshin...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 06-10-2013
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L'Autre Pied, London - 1 Michelin star

Rating: 91. L'Autre Pied is the second restaurant of restaurateur David Moore, who opened his first London restaurant Pied à Terre in Fitzrovia in 1991. Both restaurants are closely linked. l'Autre Pied opened its doors in 2007 with co-owner Marcus Eaves behind the stove and under his reign the restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in 2009. In 2011 Marcus Eaves became head chef at Pied à...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 22-08-2013
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Social Eating House, Poland Street, London

Rating: 90. Note: In the Michelin Great Britain & Ireland 2014 guide Social Eating House was awarded a Michelin star. In the last two years, Jason Atherton has quickly built a small culinary empire. The current tally is 3 restaurants in Singapore, 2 in Shanghai, 1 in Hong Kong and 3 in London. The three in London are Michelin starred Pollen Street Social, opened in April 2011, Little Social (opene...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 08-07-2013
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The Ritz restaurant, London

Rating: 90. Bistronomy restaurants, bistros and brasseries and their seeming simplicity or even austerity are clearly in sync with the new economic reality we are experiencing and consequently they are hugely popular. The economic uncertainties which we are presented with however, also make us hearken back to long-established traditions and comforts of old, also in the field of gastronomy....
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 20-05-2013
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Bubbledogs' Kitchen Table in Fitzrovia, London

Rating: 92. Note: Bubbledogs Kitchen Table was awarded a Michelin star in the 2015 guide to Great Britain & Ireland. Last summer James Knappett (head chef) and Sandia Chang (restaurant manager/sommelier) opened their restaurant Bubbledogs on Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London. Bubbledogs has a concept that is unique in London: gourmet hotdogs served with grower champagnes. The dogs and champagne combo...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 17-05-2013
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Kaspar's Seafood Bar and Grill at The Savoy Hotel in London

Rating: 85. The Savoy. Let me start by saying that I love everything Savoy. The grand entrance with head doorman Tony Cortegaca, the lavishly decorated Thames foyer, the iconic American bar, the glamorous and extravagant Beaufort bar, the tea, the chocolates, the blue lift, the red lift, the hotel's illustrious history. No, there is nothing I dislike about the Savoy. Well, there was one thing ac...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 15-05-2013
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Hibiscus (Claude Bosi) in Mayfair, London - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 95. Since October 2007, Hibiscus in Maddox Street in Mayfair has been the London restaurant of the Lyon-born, Michelin-starred chef Claude (b. 1972) and Claire Bosi. Claude Bosi started his training at the famous brasserie Léon de Lyon and then went on to work for a number of famous French chefs, among whom Michel Rostang, Alain Passard and Alain Ducasse. In 1997 he mov...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 13-05-2013
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Trishna in Marylebone - one Michelin star

Rating: 88. In October 2012 Trishna in Marylebone, London was awarded a Michelin star. The restaurant, opened in 2008, is the sister restaurant of the world-renowned Trishna in Mumbai. Trishna is run by brother and sister team Karam (head chef) and Sunaina (front of house/sommelier) Sethi. Karam Sethi started his career at the Maurya Sheraton School of Hotel Management in New Delhi and has sinc...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 26-03-2013
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SushiSamba at the Heron Tower in London

Rating: 89. SushiSamba is the brainchild of Shimon Bokovza, Danielle Billera and Matthew Johnson, founders of Samba Brands Management (SBM). In 1999 they introduced the SushiSamba concept in New York City and since then they have openened SushiSamba restaurants in Miami, Chicago, Las Vegas and a second restaurant in New York City. The latter became world-famous when it featured in a Sex and City episode. Reme...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 09-03-2013
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The Ledbury - 2 Michelin stars (2013 review)

Rating: 94. Even though he keeps a low profile, Brett Graham has become one of London's most celebrated chefs and The Ledbury keeps making waves in the international dining scene. The Michelin guide, often criticised for being 'dated' or 'out of touch' was among the first to recognise Brett Graham's talent and awarded him a Michelin star within a year afte...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 22-02-2013
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Bo London by Alvin Leung

Rating: 86. Note: Bo London closed in March 2014. It needs no saying that European culture and in particular the luxury goods that Europe produces, hold significant interest for many people from the Orient. Even a fleeting visit to one of Chanel's stores in London will prove this point conclusively. The Japanese and (in particular) Chinese interest in the finest wines of Bordeaux has proved a...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 14-02-2013
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Dabbous in London - 1 Michelin star

Rating: 91. "London's hottest ticket" (Guardian), "One of the hardest reservations to land in the city" (New York Times), "London's hottest spot" (Wall Street Journal) and to top it off a Michelin star in October 2012, only months after the the January 2012 opening. Yes, Dabbous started off to much critical acclaim, in fact it was the most talked about restauran...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 08-02-2013
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Chrysan in London

Rating: 89. Note: Chrysan has closed in March 2013. In 2012, the Hakkasan Group expanded their empire with new restaurant openings in Europe, the US and the Middle East. The group opened three new Hakkasan restaurants in Qatar, San Francisco and New York, the latter already being awarded a Michelin star in the 2013 Michelin New York City guide. This autumn, London saw the opening of two new restaurants in ...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 13-12-2012
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La Réunion des Chefs

In November 2012 Pierre Koffmann celebrated the 35th anniversary of the opening of his legendary three-star restaurant La Tante Claire in London. Pierre Koffmann was the third chef in the UK to be awarded three Michelin stars. To celebrate this and three and half decades of culinary legacy, Pierre Koffmann had organised two special 'Le Réunion des Chefs' dinners at his cur...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: GeneralUK - 10-12-2012
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Medlar in Chelsea, London (one Michelin star)

Rating: 90. In October 2012, Michelin awarded 8 London restaurants the coveted Michelin star in their 2013 Great Britain & Ireland guide. The winners were Dabbous, Hedone, Tom Aikens, Launceston Place, Alyn Williams, Trishna, St John and Medlar. Medlar is the brainchild of head chef Joe Mercer Nairne and his business partner and restaurant manager David O'Connor. Before opening their Chelsea rest...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 08-12-2012
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Duck & Waffle; Fortieth Floor Fabulousity

Rating: 87. When it comes to restaurant openings, London is a tough place to keep up with. Just like every year dozens of new restaurants have opened or will open their doors in London this year, making the London dining scene probably the most dynamic in the world. Two restaurant openings that caught my eye in August were SushiSamba and Duck & Waffle, located at both the top floors of...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 19-09-2012
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Hedone in Chiswick, London - Hautes Ingredients

Rating: 92. In many ways, Swedish-born Mikael Jonsson (45 years old) is not your average chef and Hedone in Chiswick, London, is not your average restaurant. Jonsson had been obsessed with food and ingredients since his youth and did some basic training as a chef before food allergies caused him to change careers and become a lawyer. His passion (he calls it an obsession) for produce and produce quality never...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 12-09-2012
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Jason Atherton's Pollen Street Social - 1 Michelin star

Rating: 91. Later this month Jason Atherton will open a new venture in Singapore called Snaxs, a restaurant/snack bar serving gourmet junk (sic) food. This is already his third business in Singapore, the other two being a tapas bar called Esquina and Pollen, a restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine. Jason Atherton also has a restaurant in Shanghai called Table No 1. Fortunately his fi...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 04-09-2012
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Michel Roux jr's Le Gavroche - two Michelin stars

Rating: 92. In the British fine-dining scene restaurant Le Gavroche is not just any other Michelin-starred restaurant. Albert and Michel Roux sr. opened Le Gavroche in Lower Sloane Street in Chelsea in 1967. They were not the first Frenchmen to run a restaurant in London of course. Auguste Escoffier for example presided over the kitchens at the Savoy from 1890 until 1898 and from 1932 until 1976 ...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 03-09-2012
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Scott's of Mayfair - 20 Mount Street W1K 2HE

Rating: 88. The first time I read about Scott's of Mayfair was in 2007 in Olive Magazine. The restaurant had just re-opened after an extensive refurbishment. In the 'What the Critics said' item in the March 2007 issue, Fay Maschler (Evening Standard), Marina O'Loughlin (Metro) and Terry Durack (The Independent) were all raving about the place. Later that month I had lunch at Scot...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 30-08-2012
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Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 96. Gordon Ramsay owns restaurants in the UK, Ireland, USA, Japan, France and Italy. Just this week the latest addition to his restaurant group, Gordon Ramsay Steak, opened in Las Vegas and two new restaurants in Qatar are scheduled to open later this month. A new Los Angeles restaurant called The Fat Cow is set to open this summer. In 2007 and 2009 Gordon Ramsay was awarded no less than 12 Micheli...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsUK - 14-05-2012
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Galvin La Chapelle - a French restaurant in the City of London

Rating: 92. What's a chefs' chef? It is someone whose food other chefs really like to eat and this year's AA Chefs' Chef of the Year (2011-2012) award went to Chris and Jeff Galvin. Over the past couple of years the Galvin brothers have built something of culinary empire in London. Both Chris and Jeff trained with some of the biggest names in the industry both in Britain and France. They ...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 09-05-2012
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Hakkasan Mayfair

Rating: 90. After opening their first restaurant (Hakkasan Hanway Place) in London in 2001, the Hakkasan restaurant group has opened restaurants all over the world: Miami, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Mumbai and the latest addition to their collection was a New York City restaurant earlier this month. Hakkasan's second restaurant in London, Hakkasan Mayfair opened its doors in November 2010....
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 24-04-2012
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Hawksmoor - Veni Vidi Vici

Rating: 89. "It was an inauspicious start. A few days after signing a twenty-year lease on a failing Turkish restaurant at the wrong end of a traffic-clogged street in East London, a bank loan we desperately needed fell through. On the same day we discovered that the site didn't actually have planning permission to be a restaurant". This is a quote from the cookbook Hawksmoor at Home, but there...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 24-04-2012
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Alyn Williams at the Westbury

Rating: 90. No other city has more new restaurant openings than London, but the one that recently caught my eye was Alyn Williams' at the Westbury. Alyn Williams is a chef with an excellent pedigree. Before opening his own restaurant in November 2011, Alyn Williams was the head chef at Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley and before that at Petrus (both two Michelin stars). Prior to his stin...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 16-04-2012
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Corrigan's Mayfair

Rating: 89. The first time I heard of Richard Corrigan was during the first season of Great British Menu in 2006. Richard Corrigan was one of the Irish contestants and he was very successful: His smoked salmon with Irish soda bread starter was served at the Queen's 80th Birthday banquet. I wanted to find out about his food for myself and that same year I had dinner at Corrigan's Michelin starred ...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 15-04-2012
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Tom Aikens in Chelsea

Rating: 85. Note: Tom Aikens closed his Chelsea restaurant in January 2014. I first visited Tom Aikens eponymous Chelsea restaurant in 2009. At the time Tom Aikens had been mentioned in the Michelin guide as a 'rising star' for two stars for two successive years. The restaurant had opened in 2003 and was awarded its first Michelin star in 2004. Before opening his own restaurant Tom A...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 11-04-2012
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Quo Vadis - service not included?

Rating: 83. The first time I heard of Jeremy Lee was many years ago when a London friend of mine took me to the Blueprint Café for lunch. I visited that restaurant a number of times afterwards, but not in recent years. Jeremy Lee was the head-chef of the Blueprint Café from 1995 until 2011. The second time I heard of mr. Lee was in the 2007 Great British Menu series. Jeremy Lee represented Scotl...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 24-01-2012
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Roganic - a two year Marylebone pop-up

Rating: 90. Note: Simon Rogan's London pop-up Roganic closed in June 2013. Every now and then a new restaurant opening in London causes a big stir on Twitter and in 2011 there have been quite a few of these. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal started off the buzz at the end of January, Jason Atherton's Pollen Street Social in April and Marcus Wareing's The Gilbert Scott in May followed it through...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 19-09-2011
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Dinner by Heston Blumenthal - brasserie soul food

Rating: 91. Originally I had made a reservation at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal on 10 February 2011 but due to personal circumstances I unfortunately had to cancel. It was really hard work to get a new reservation, as the place is always fully booked. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is still the hottest ticket in town. Reservations for Dinner cannot be made more than 2 months in advance, so each time whe...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 17-08-2011
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The Ledbury, two Michelin stars in Notting Hill

Rating: 93. The Ledbury was first brought to my attention a few years ago by Linden Wilkie of The Fine Wine Experience. From time to time The Ledbury hosts TFWE events and I noticed that Linden (famous for being a great wine connoisseur but not half-bad as a gourmet either) spoke very highly of this restaurant. In fact he asked, rhetorically, why it hadn't been awarded a second star yet. Well, in 2010 Mic...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 11-08-2011
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Helene Darroze at the Connaught - What Went Wrong?

Rating: 87. The last time I had visited Hélène Darroze was in November 2009. At that time I hadn't started my website yet but I do remember having a wonderful meal at this beautiful restaurant at the Connaught Hotel in London. In January of this year Hélène Darroze at the Connaught received a second Michelin star. Hélène Darroze's other restaurant is in Paris ...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 04-08-2011
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The Gilbert Scott - an English brasserie

Rating: 89. On 5 May 2011 the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel re-opened after many years of restoration and 138 years after the hotel, originally named Midland Grand Hotel, first opened.  5 May was also the day of the opening of the hotel's restaurant The Gilbert Scott, Marcus Wareing's new venture. The St. Pancras Hotel is a landmark building in London and many people are very pleased that it is no l...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 12-05-2011
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Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley - a virtuoso performance

Rating: 94. In March 2010 BBC2 broadcast the documentary "Michelin Stars, The Madness of Perfection". In this documentary food writer and critic William Sitwell investigated the world of Michelin and interviewed British Michelin starred chefs. For this documentary he spent a day with Marcus Wareing to get a glimpse of the life of this two Michelin star chef, which gave a fascinat...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 11-05-2011
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Sunday lunch at Koffmann's

Rating: 90. My first Michelin Guide was that of Europe's Main Cities 2000. In 2000 I was just starting to discover the world of Michelin starred restaurants. It was also around that time that I started visiting London more frequently. As soon as you start eating in Michelin starred restaurants you start hearing the names of the culinary legends. In some cases you hear the names of chefs that are fort...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - London - 19-10-2010
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