Archives for Michelin

British

Launceston Place: Simple but accomplished Michelin dining

Launceston Place is a D&D chain Michelin institution hidden away in a cul-de-sac a short walk from Gloucester Road tube station. It’s a romantic tucked away place and equally good for quiet business lunches and more cosseted evening meals with friends or partners. Staff are attentive without being intrusive and the decor is rather like ...
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St John Spitalfields: No frills British classics

St John Spitalfields is a British restaurant institution in the city headed in the kitchen by chef Fergus Henderson who has a very British minimalist approach to the art of cooking. St John has drummed up critical acclaim and is consistently placed in the Restaurant magazine’s annual list of the Top 50 restaurants. The bijoux ...
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French

Galvin La Chapelle: Elegant French fare

Galvin La Chapelle is a Spitalfields located elegant destination for modern French food in an airily, opulent setting with swift military regimented service, always with a smile and flavours ranging from the more mundane to some rather lush more consistently robust French flavours. A patch of the Galvin Brother empire the restaurant inhabits a Grade ...
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Dabbous: Innovation but too much simplicity

Ollie Dabbous formerly of Texture fronts the Dabbous premises in the Fitzrovia area and the It’s stripped back, industrial features and formal atmosphere are characteristic of some of the more modern Michelin level dining venues, such as Tom Aikens former venue and the menu is sparse and minimalist too, but it does tend to lack ...
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Kitchen W8: Sterling performance from Michelin favourite

A Phil Howard of The Square venture I’ve previously visited, Kitchen W8 in the heart of Kensington presents impressive Michelin cuisine that rarely falters in flavour balancing, portion sizing and aesthetic consistency. The current Autumn menu is a rather stimulating one with some great fish dishes on the starters, selection of heartier transition mains featuring seasonal ...
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Outlaws at the Capital: Michelin magic is missing

The Capital feels like something of a bygone era and the Michelin-bearing restaurant shares a bit of this ethos in its rather dated offerings. Decor is rather muted and the food doesn’t balk this general theme, although its presentation is polished, as to be expected of a two-star Michelin bearing chef. The Capital is a ...
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Marcus Wareing: Still one of London’s finest Michelin chefs

In my humble dining experience Michelin restaurants far outweigh other dining venues in terms of quality, presentation and taste across the board. There are a number of more mundane ventures garnering the damning verdict of ‘nice’ from critics across the globe, but even these are superior to London’s other offerings, bar a few select establishments. ...
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French

Chez Bruce: Effortlessly Palatable Classical Cuisine

I am starting to get bored of foams and gharish colours adorning my plate lately. I’m slightly disturbed by the rise of fusion Asian cuisine that blends discordant flavours and Michelin level joints seem to be plying my desserts with too many components that clearly belong in a starter or main and never anywhere near ...
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French

The Greenhouse: Intelligently designed food

The beautifully calm zen garden area sets the theme for lunch at the decidedly serene Greenhouse Restaurant located in Hays Mews. It’s elegant, understated and minimalist, much like the food. Another critic decried an antiseptic ambience, but this was not present on my visit, on the contrary it was a rather liveable space for a ...
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French

Galvin La Chapelle: Fabulously fine French food

Slideshows require the Flash Player and a browser with Javascript support. The third restaurant opened by acclaimed chef brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin, La Chapelle earned a Michelin star within a year of opening in London’s Spitalfields Market and has won numerous accolades for its modern French cuisine. There is a distinctive grandeur about the venue, occupying a ...
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Medlar Review: One of London’s finest Michelins

As London-based Michelin restaurants go you won’t find stratospherically better food than Medlar on the King’s Road in Chelsea. They don’t seem to try too hard and nor do they need to. Food is often exemplary and doesn’t lack complexity to its detriment. Head Chef Joe Mercer Nairne is ex-Chez Bruce and the manager David ...
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La Trompette: Charming and classic Michelin cuisine

Established in 2001 Chiswick based La Trompette is an offshoot of Michelin restaurant The Square and part of the Nigel Platts-Martin and Bruce Poole restaurant group, also encompassing Chez Bruce and The Glasshouse. La Trompette offers more simplistic cuisine to The Square, still with a good degree of refinement, such that it earned a Michelin ...
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French

Club Gascon: A mixed barrel and shocking dessert

A souped up pond on a plate was not what I expected for dessert in a Michelin establishment, but is sadly what I got at the highly respected French restaurant Club Gascon, located close to Smithfield Market and Barbican, and lauded for it’s French gastronomy. Top chef Pascal Aussignac has maintained the culinary Michelin accolade ...
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British

Kitchen W8: Standout Michelin dining

Sometimes I venture into a Michelin restaurant and worry that the food will be nothing more than mildly agreeable and I start to wonder if other dining establishments without a star are unnecessarily falling below the radar. Then I invariably dine at a venue without a prestigious award of some kind and I’m reminded that ...
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Tom Aikens: Trendy and elaborate

Tom Aikens is unquestionably a talented chef, boasting two Michelin stars and having previously worked at Pierre Koffman’s La Tante Claire in Chelsea, which gained a third Michelin star during his employment, along with gaining knowledge from culinary sensations Jöel Robuchon, and Gerard Boyer. Ed Dutton of pop up fine dining restaurant Pied Nus recommended ...
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Restaurant Gordon Ramsay: Polished culinary creations

Located in the former premises of Tante Claire, Ramsay’s flagship restaurant holds three Michelin stars. The kitchen has been headed by accomplished chef Clare Smyth since 2008, one of the world’s most celebrated female chefs. Service is impeccable and the decor is ultra refined, occupying a small, muted and slightly sterile space that can leave ...
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Chinese

Yauatcha Restaurant: Crowd pleasing Chinese cuisine

I am not Chinese cuisines greatest fan, so I consider myself quite inept to judge the cuisine on that basis. Still I couldn’t resist dipping a toe into the Michelin restaurant take on Chinese cuisine and wasn’t entirely disappointed by Yauatcha, sister restaurant to the famous Hakkasan and proud bearer of a Michelin star since ...
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Texture Restaurant: One of London’s Best Michelins

I am initially dubious of Texture restaurant before visiting because the title suggests that something will be lacking elsewhere if ‘texture’ is the primary focus. I was however pleasantly surprised by this Michelin starred restaurant with European and Scandinavian influences and a great sense of precision in presentation and delivery of exceptional cuisine. Staff are ...
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French

The Square: Stuffy but consistently good food

The Square headed by Phillip Howard has been serving up a fine dining experience for over 20 years in London’s Bruton Street. Bearing two Michelin stars the restaurant unquestionably provides well-presented and commendable cuisine in one sense, indeed it has a barrel load of critical acclaim, but it’s a trifle boring. Howard is also co-owner ...
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