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A complete guide to London’s Michelin-starred restaurants | Food | Taste

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Once a useful companion for travellers on the lookout for someplace dependable to eat on the go, at the moment the Michelin Guide – and its related star score system – has come to signify one thing altogether extra subtle. The final culinary accolade, a Michelin star speaks of fastidiously sourced produce, revolutionary cooking methods, impeccable service and elegantly luxurious surrounds. It is, briefly, a byword for a extremely good time.

Now counted as one in all culinary capitals of the world, London is blessed with no fewer than 66 of those starry institutions, with seven new restaurants added in 2021 alone. Spanning the size and breadth of the capital’s boroughs, and together with cuisines from traditional French to tremendous eating Indian and cutting-edge Chinese, right here’s our complete guide to London’s Michelin-starred restaurants.

Central

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, Hyde Park***

An icon of tremendous eating, Alain Ducasse has no fewer than 20 Michelin stars below his belt, three of which adorn his namesake restaurant at The Dorchester resort on Park Lane. And whereas Ducasse’s fingerprints are nonetheless very a lot in proof on a menu that includes French classics, resembling caramelised celeriac, caviar and smoked eel and veal medallion with artichoke, chickpea and sage, it’s government chef Jean-Philippe Blondet to thank for sustaining requirements. His oft altering tasting, vegetarian and a la carte menus spotlight tremendous seasonal produce and the kitchen’s technical prowess.

53 Park Lane, W1K, dorchestercollection.com

Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, Mayfair***

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A lot was product of the refit of Hélène Darroze at The Connaught in 2019. Critics lauded the in depth overhaul, which noticed the removing of formal white desk cloths and the introduction of a soft-pink color palette, spongy velvet chairs, an enormous glass-blown chandelier and art work by Damian Hirst. The setting is certainly spectacular, nevertheless it’s the meals that continues to be the speaking level at this three Michelin star hotel-restaurant. Inventive dishes give attention to one most important ingredient, organised into two tasting menus. It £120 for 5 programs and £160 for seven.

Carlos Place, W1K, the-connaught.co.uk

Kitchen Table, Mayfair**

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Kitchen Table’s sparse web site doesn’t give a lot away – which is becoming for a restaurant that serves a no-choice multi-course menu that even diners don’t get to see till the top of their meal. Seating simply 19 individuals round a horseshoe-shaped counter, right here chef-owner James Knappett and his crew are the leisure, interacting with company and exhibiting off their talent as they whip up artistic and strange dishes in entrance of their eyes. It’s nicely value investing within the wine pairings to get the total expertise.

70 Charlotte Street, W1T, kitchentablelondon.co.uk

Le Gavroche, Mayfair**

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Thanks to his activates Masterchef: The Professionals and Saturday Kitchen, Michel Roux Jr has cemented his place as a family title within the UK over the previous decade – none of which suggests he’s allowed requirements at his two Michelin-starred Le Gavroche to slip. A household affair opened by Albert and Michel Roux Snr in 1967, Roux Jr took over the working of the restaurant in 1993 when his father retired and has stored it amongst one of many capital’s greatest ever since. A lesson within the refinement, sophistication and class of the classics, it’s no shock that Le Gavroche has earned itself one thing of a repute as a ending faculty for the UK’s greatest cooks.

43 Upper Brook Street, W1K, le-gavroche.co.uk

A. Wong, Pimlico**

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Routinely talked about as London’s greatest Chinese restaurant, A. Wong may simply supply one of the best Chinese in the entire of the United Kingdom. The judges at Michelin apparently assume so – in 2021 the Pimlico restaurant grew to become the primary Chinese in Britain to be awarded two Michelin stars. At floor degree is a reasonably modest eating house, fitted to lunches, whereas a subterranean degree makes for a extra atmospheric night. The menu guarantees a culinary tour of the entire of China through fashionable interpretations of time-honoured favourites. Don’t depart with out sampling the dim sum.  

70 Wilton Road, SW1V, awong.co.uk

Barrafina, Soho*

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There are 4 Barrafina restaurants to select from in London, nevertheless it’s the unique Dean Street website that’s scooped a star. Grab a seat on the marble-topped bar to watch the cooks in motion within the open kitchen, the place regional dishes from Spain are whipped up, resembling chorizo with potato and watercress, prawn and piquillo pepper tortilla, and small plates of ham croquettes and pan con tomate. There’s additionally a daily-changing specials board and a complete drinks checklist of Spanish wine, Cava and sherries.

26-27 Dean Street, W1D, barrafina.co.uk

Ikoyi, St James’s*

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Image courtesy John Carey

Named after a district in Lagos the place co-founder Iré Hassan-Odukale grew up, and with head chef and fellow co-founder Jeremy Chan taking inspiration from largely west African flavours, you’d be forgiven for pondering Ikoyi to be a conventional Nigerian restaurant — however it’s removed from it. While there are nods to the area’s delicacies on the menu, dishes resembling plantain, jollof rice and suya seem in new kinds, layered with umami, and usually Asian flavours resembling kombucha and miso. The restaurant serves a blind menu to maintain diners on their toes and to be adaptable to micro-seasons.

1 St. James’s Market, SW1Y, ikoyilondon.com

Hakkasan, Mayfair*

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London is residence to the very first Hakkasan, which opened in Mayfair in 2001 and marked the start of a now worldwide model. Both the Mayfair department and its sister restaurant on Hanway Place have earned Michelin stars for his or her high-end Cantonese delicacies, made utilizing conventional Chinese cooking methods and the best components. Signature dishes embrace roasted silver cod with champagne and honey, black truffle roasted duck, and spicy prawn with lily bulb and almond.

17 Bruton Street, W1J; 8 Hanway Place, W1T, hakkasan.com

The Ninth, Mayfair*

Having racked up a CV that features a few of London’s greatest restaurants, from Le Gavroche to Restaurant Marco Pierre White, Jun Tanaka unveiled his solo enterprise The Ninth in 2015. A neighbourhood French restaurant targeted on Mediterranean-style cooking, The Ninth is all about sharing dishes, permitting company to pattern as a lot of Tanaka’s wizard cooking as potential. Don’t miss the selfmade pasta dishes, resembling ossobucca tortellini and orrecchiette with truffle and egg yolk.

22 Charlotte Street, W1T, theninthlondon.com

Pied à Terre, Mayfair*

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London’s longest standing unbiased Michelin-starred restaurant, Pied à Terre has held onto its coveted star ever because it was awarded it inside 13 months of opening in 1991. Still owned and managed by David Moore, the restaurant has developed through the years and at the moment is steered by chef Asimakis Chaniotis, who mixes Pied à Terre’s traditional French delicacies with references to his Greek heritage. Choose from a versatile lunch, à la carte or 10-course tasting menu, the latter of which can also be out there for vegetarian and vegan diets.

34 Charlotte Street, W1T, pied-a-terre.co.uk

Sabor, Mayfair*

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Sabor on Heddon Street offers a culinary tour of Spain, with its three areas offering a unique tackle Spanish delicacies. Visit The Counter for contemporary seafood and regional dishes from the Basque nation and Catalonia. The walk-in Bar is extra relaxed, targeted on Spanish vermouths, gins, wines and beers from the likes of Barcelona and Jerez, that are served alongside tapas dishes. El Asador, in the meantime, is the extra formal of the three, with banquet seating overlooking an open kitchen, the place flavours from Galicia and Castile are cooked in a conventional wooden fired oven.

35-37 Heddon Street, W1B, saborrestaurants.co.uk

Veeraswamy, Regent Street*

The UK’s oldest Indian restaurant, Veeraswamy was based in 1926 by the great-grandson of an English normal and an Indian Mughal princess. It has been positioned on Regent Street for 95 years and, in 2016, was awarded a Michelin star. The restaurant spotlights the greater than 16 cuisines present in India, with completely different regional cooks making ready the dishes from their residence cities. Traditional dishes are served alongside extra modern creations – assume tandoori wild tiger prawns, roast duck vindaloo and caramelised banana kulfi.

Victory House, 99-101 Regent Street, W1B, veeraswamy.com

Hide, Piccadilly*

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A three way partnership between chef-founder Ollie Dabbous and Mayfair wine emporium Hedonism Wines, Hide opened in 2018 and gained its Michelin star simply six months later. There are three parts to the restaurant: Ground, Above and Below. Above is positioned, unsurprisingly, on the higher degree, the place à la carte and tasting menus are served with views overlooking Green Park. Ground is the most important of the three, serving all-day dishes made utilizing components sourced from small farmers and suppliers within the UK, with all the things, from the charcuterie to the juices, made in-house the place potential. Below is the low-lit basement bar, the place cocktails are made utilizing world-leading spirits and the massive walk-in wine cellar – stocked with one of the best plonk Hedonism Wines has to supply – permits you to select your personal tipple.

85 Piccadilly, W1J, cover.co.uk

Benares, Mayfair*

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Having reshuffled its kitchen in 2020, following the lack of its star the identical yr, Benares regained its coveted award within the 2021 Michelin Guide thanks to government chef Sameer Taneja’s exemplary cooking. Once by way of the doorways, you’ll be escorted up a flight of stairs, handed a lily-filled pond and buzzy bar space to a darkish, sultry house and the odor of spices. Thanks to its location slap-bang in the midst of hedge fund central, the gang is basically suited and company, however the meals popping out of the kitchen is something however sterile. Named after India’s holy metropolis, Benares blends conventional Indian dishes with fashionable aptitude and flavours, with standouts together with hand-dived Scottish scallop with coconut curry and Malabar paratha, and garam masala spiced fillet of muntjac with plantain chips and buttered pao. A chef’s desk provides full views of the kitchen and a big non-public eating space makes Benares a great choice for entertaining.

12a Berkeley Square, W1J, benaresrestaurant.com

Portland, Mayfair*

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Portland founders Will Lander and Daniel Morgenthau had humble plans for his or her Great Portland Street enterprise, which they envisioned as a small neighbourhood restaurant. The Michelin Guide thought in any other case and awarded Portland a star the identical yr it opened. Great consideration is given to sourcing components which can be seasonal, a lot in order that it’s not exceptional for the menu to be reprinted after lunch as inventory adjustments. Equal scrutiny is given to the only bottle wine checklist, which incorporates vino at typically decrease than retail costs that you just gained’t discover wherever else.

113 Great Portland Street, W1W, portlandrestaurant.co.uk

Muse, Belgravia*

Opening shortly earlier than the pandemic hit, and with out the power to supply al fresco eating, Muse by Tom Aikens has been shut for longer than it has been open. That hasn’t stopped the 25-cover, Belgravia-based restaurant successful rave critiques (largely) from the critics which have managed to safe a desk there. The restaurant takes its title from the truth that it’s set throughout two flooring of a Georgian townhouse positioned in a mews. That and the truth that dishes are impressed by reminiscences and reminiscences from Aiken’s childhood, geddit? As a consequence, the menu is generally British with components sourced from home-grown farmers and suppliers.

38 Groom Place, SW1X, musebytomaikens.co.uk

Murano, Mayfair*

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Murano opened as a three way partnership between Angela Hartnett and Gordon Ramsay in 2008, earlier than Harnett took the reigns in 2010. The restaurant was awarded a Michelin star inside 4 months of opening, an accolade it has held onto ever since, and stays one of many solely restaurants within the capital to obtain 4 AA rosettes. Both the menu and the wine checklist focus on northern Italy in a nod to Harnett’s heritage, with a casual à la carte menu permitting company to order as many dishes, in no specific order, as they’d like.

20 Queen Street, W1J, muranolondon.com

Dining Room at The Goring, Belgravia*

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The Dining Room at The Goring is that uncommon instance of a resort restaurant that’s as a lot a vacation spot because the five-star constructing it’s housed in. Helmed by government chef Richard Galli, if it’s crisp white desk garments, impeccable service and British classics created utilizing the best produce you’re after, the Dining Room at The Goring gained’t disappoint. What’s extra, its resort setting means the restaurant is open from morning to evening, making it one of many few restaurants on this checklist to boast each an unbelievable lobster omelette and a rib of beef carving trolley.

15 Beeston Place, SW1W, thegoring.com

Kai, Mayfair*

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Michelin stars aren’t usually handed to restaurants that stray too removed from the traditions of French delicacies and Kai is one in all solely a handful of Chinese eateries to possess one. According to the guide, one of the best tables are to be discovered on the again subsequent to the tropical fish tank or, for one thing a bit extra romantic, within the cosy basement, the place attentive employees will be sure that your glass of surprisingly scrumptious Chinese tremendous wine is rarely empty. The menu is a mix of crowd-pleasing Szechuan favourites (look out for the slow-cooked pork stomach) and conventional dishes from the Nanyang area, with vegetarians nicely catered for.

65 South Audley Street, W1K, kaimayfair.co.uk

Amaya, Belgravia*

Opened in 2004, Amaya was on the forefront of a pioneering wave of tremendous eating Indian restaurants elevating the delicacies’s repute far past the excessive avenue curry homes that offered most individuals’s solely style of South Asian cooking. Created by the crew behind Chutney Mary and Veeraswamy, the menu at Amaya centres across the tandoor grill, providing the broadest vary of seafood, poultry, beef, recreation and vegetarian grilled dishes on the earth. Highlights embrace duck tikka with spicy plum glaze and venison tandoori seekh – all ideally paired with the restaurant’s salads, ready à la minute.

19 Motcomb Street, SW1X, amaya.biz

SO|LA, Soho*

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It’s California dreamin’ at Dean Street’s SO|LA, which brings the sunshine of the Golden State to Soho. A New York-native with a French-Spanish mom, Victor Garvey cooked in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Tokyo, Copenhagen and Marbella earlier than launching SO|LA in 2019. As you’d count on, the meals providing is worldwide in scope, inside a spotlight paid to fashionable dishes from the Pacific West Coast. If the menu takes you around the globe, the wine checklist could be very a lot Californian in emphasis.

64 Dean Street, W1D, solasoho.com

Davies and Brook, Mayfair*

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Things have come full circle within the kitchens at Claridge’s. More than 25 years after starting his profession there – as an aspiring 15-year-old – Daniel Humm makes a triumphant return to a restaurant renamed after the streets on which the well-known resort sits. Having made his title at New York’s Eleven Madison Park within the intervening years, the menu at Davies and Brook blends iconic NYC staples – see the Humm Dogg – with longstanding British favourites and loads of French tremendous eating dishes. The restaurant itself is a classy, white-table fabric type of house with a sublime bar and small street-side terrace.   

Brook Street, W1K, daviesandbrook.co.uk

West

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Chelsea***

The foul-mouthed chef’s flagship restaurant has held the utmost three Michelin stars since 2001 and, alongside the way in which, has made stars of Ramsay proteges resembling Clare Smyth, who created meals for the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018. Now helmed by Matt Abé, requirements at this intimate 45-cover restaurant are increased than ever, with traditional flavour mixtures and a stellar wine checklist pressed into service to lead to top-of-the-line meals within the capital.

68 Royal Hospital Road, SW3, gordonramsayrestaurants.com

CORE by Clare Smyth, Kensington***

Clare Smyth was the primary feminine chef to maintain and retain three Michelin stars within the UK whereas working at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay – an accolade that helped her scoop the award for The World’s Best Female Chef in 2018. British-themed Core was Smyth’s first solo venture. Innovative takes on age-old classics, together with impeccable service, resulted within the guys at Michelin awarding Core three stars. The restaurant itself is as elegant and complicated because the meals that’s served there – a tastefully-thought-out, bright-and-airy house that wouldn’t look misplaced in a museum of recent artwork.

92 Kensington Park Road, W11, corebyclaresmyth.com

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Knightsbridge**

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Dinner by Heston Blumenthal prompted fairly the stir when it opened on the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in 2011. A decade later, having survived pressured closures by each a devastating hearth that swept by way of the resort in 2018 and the coronavirus pandemic, it continues to enthral diners with Blumenthal’s Willy Wonka-ish method to cooking. Dishes are impressed by the chef’s travels by way of the historical past of British cookbooks and a few, such because the notorious Meat Fruit, created utilizing a recipe from the 1500s, have been mainstays on the menu for the reason that restaurant opened. This is extra an occasion than merely dinner.

66 Knightsbridge, SW1X, dinnerbyheston.co.uk

Claude Bosi at Bibendum, South Kensington**

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It can be remiss of Michelin not to give the restaurant housed in its eponymous constructing a star or two. Lucky, then, that Claude Bosi has been ruling the roost at Michelin House since 2017, the identical yr it was award two of the tire maker’s coveted stars. The Bibendum house can also be residence to an oyster bar and cocktail bar however it’s the signature restaurant, Claude Bosi, that’s the star of the present. The cooking is of the large, daring and unashamedly French selection, with dishes that draw on Bosi’s heritage served in one of many prettiest eating rooms within the capital.

81 Fulham Road, SW3, claudebosi.com

Five Fields, Chelsea*

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Think you may’t get farm-to-fork eating within the coronary heart of London? Think once more. Since opening in 2013, Five Fields’ chef patron Taylor Bonnyman has been impressing company along with his often altering menus which rejoice the abundance of produce grown within the restaurant’s kitchen backyard. Formal but intimate in really feel, you’ll have to fend off Five Fields’ many native followers to get a desk nevertheless it’s nicely value it for the restaurant’s tasting menu-only fare, which options the likes of roast saddle of fallow expensive with carrots and low and turbot with morels, artichokes and black truffle.

8-9 Blacklands Terrace, SW3, fivefieldsrestaurant.com

Elystan Street, Chelsea*

This gentle and ethereal restaurant is a collaboration between chef Philip Howard and restaurateur Rebecca Mascarenhas and the goal, in accordance to Elystan Street’s web site, is to ‘depart you with a good larger smile than the one you arrived this’. This is Chelsea, nevertheless, so happiness comes within the type of understatedly stylish navy and peach banquettes, double baked soufflés made with cave-aged Cheddar and a wine checklist that includes some actually improbable bottles from throughout Europe and the New World. Pro tip: get another person to decide up the invoice if you’d like to depart actually jubilant.

43 Elystan Street, SW3, elystanstreet.com

Kitchen W8, Kensington*

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Another venture from Philip Howard and Rebecca Mascarenhas, Kitchen W8 payments itself as a pleasant neighbourhood restaurant – not a moniker usually related to the stereotypical white-gloved service and pomp and circumstance of a Michelin-starred eatery. Here, nevertheless, it actually does appear the case, with the kitchen turning out extraordinarily nicely priced plates of recent European fare in a brilliant, modern eating room. They even enable you to carry your personal wine with no corkage on a Sunday evening.

11-13 Abingdon Road, W8, kitchenw8.com

Harwood Arms, Fulham*

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The Harwood Arms is that uncommon factor: a tremendous eating gastropub able to turning out beautiful plates of seasonal British fare with out forgetting that, at its coronary heart, it is a conventional boozer. Guests are simply as welcome to pull up a stool on the bar for a pint and a Scotch egg as they’re to sit down at one of many sturdy picket tables for a protracted Sunday lunch. As the stag’s head on the partitions counsel, the Harwood Arms comes into its personal throughout recreation season (the proprietor is an avid shooter and offers a lot of the produce) however the meals is excellent year-round.

Walham Grove, SW6, harwoodarms.com

La Trompette, Chiswick*

Part of a tremendous eating group which incorporates that equally lauded Chez Bruce and The Glasshouse, La Trompette celebrates a decade in enterprise this yr and exhibits no indicators of slowing down. Helmed by chef Rob Weston, who skilled below Marco Pierre White, Guy Savoy and Phil Howard, meals is of the strong, fashionable European selection, with a lot consideration paid to giving high quality components the care they deserve. There are few afternoons higher spent, in our humble opinion, than with a couple of glasses of one thing full bodied loved over La Trompette’s crisp suckling pig with polenta.

3-7 Devonshire Road, W4, latrompette.co.uk

Endo on the Rotunda, White City*

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Housed within the former BBC Television Centre, the place new residents, together with Soho House, are serving to flip this unloved a part of West London right into a leisure vacation spot, Endo on the Rotunda occupies a lightweight, brilliant prime ground house, dominated by a shocking bar crafted from 200-year-old hinoki wooden. It’s a becoming floor on which to place chef Endo Kazutoshi’s ever-changing however all the time pretty-as-a-picture Omakase (i.e. no alternative) dishes. Served throughout a staggering 20 programs, that is the place to pattern the centuries-old artwork of Edomae sushi from a real grasp.

101 Wood Lane, W12, endoatrotunda.com

River Café, Hammersmith*

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The River Café’s fairly terrace is presumably the London culinary scene’s worst-kept secret so securing an al fresco spot for lunch on a heat summer time’s day is like gold mud. Prevail although, and also you’ll end up privy to one of many capital’s most revered eating experiences. The crew has been turning out chic, authentically Italian dishes for greater than 30 years, with a every day altering menu benefiting from no matter occurs to look notably good that day. The pasta is a should, as is the mischievously named Chocolate Nemesis – the uncommon dish that by no means comes off the menu.

Rainville Road, W6, rivercafe.co.uk

The Glasshouse, Kew*

Showing that doing the classics nicely is commonly the important thing to long-term success, The Glasshouse is precisely the type of low-key sensible restaurant the well-heeled residents of Kew are completely satisfied to return to time and time once more. A fixture of the neighbourhood since 1999, present head chef Greg Wellman joined the crew in 2018, following stints at Elystan Street and The Square, and provides a well-balanced menu of daring European dishes with a recent twist. Expect conventional dishes like roast cod with truffled almond pesto to sit simply alongside the extra experimental salmon sashimi with pickled rhubarb.

15 Station Parade, TW9, glasshouserestaurant.co.uk

Dysart Petersham, Richmond*

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A slice of bucolic rural hospitality on the finish of the District Line, the Dysart in Petersham is all about providing company a great time with out the fuss. Housed in an early nineteenth Century constructing constructed as a part of the Arts & Crafts motion, and named for the household that when reside in Ham House, strong, prime quality cooking is accompanied by an outstanding wine checklist and common piano recitals, in a heat and alluring eating room. The ideally suited spot for household dinners and subtly spectacular first dates.

135 Petersham Road, TW10, thedysartpetersham.co.uk

East

La Dame de Pic, City of London**

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The Four Seasons achieved a coup when it persuaded Anne-Sophie Pic, the world’s most adorned feminine chef, to open a restaurant at Ten Trinity Square, its first resort throughout the City of London. A stone’s throw from the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, La Dame de Pic London is housed within the former headquarters of the Port of London Authority, an appropriately ornate setting for Pic’s elaborate, classically-French-with-a-twist delicacies. The restaurant owes its two Michelin stars to reimagining core components by way of curious cooking strategies and a unprecedented consideration to flavours and presentation.

10 Trinity Square, EC3N, ladamedepiclondon.co.uk

Da Terra, Bethnal Green**

Another of the restaurants to have been awarded a second Michelin star this yr, Da Terra occupies a ground-floor house on the former Bethnal Green Town Hall. Head chef, Rafael Cagali, boasts some résumé, having labored on the two-star A Villa Feltrinelli in Italy, Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck, Fera at Claridges, and Simon Rogan’s Aulis. As has turn out to be nearly de rigueur amongst two Michelin-star restaurants, the providing is tasting menu solely. Guests can select between the Short (seven course, £130) and Long (ten course, £155) menus. Expect flavours to flit between Europe and South America and the eating expertise to final round three hours.

Patriot Square, E2, daterra.co.uk

Lyle’s, Shoreditch*

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The menu at Lyle’s is micro-seasonal, that means dishes are made utilizing solely what’s contemporary and out there on the day. Food could seem easy, however every dish is delivered with technical precision and components sourced with meticulous consideration to element – fish is couriered from Cornwall every day, and each summer time the crew take a day journey to the south coast to decide fruit. A set menu is served at dinner, whereas lunch provides company better freedom to cherry decide their favourites from an à la carte menu.

56 Shoreditch High Street, E1, lyleslondon.com

Galvin La Chapelle, Spitalfields*

You’ll be asking for seconds at Galvin La Chapelle, the one Michelin-starred restaurant positioned in a Grade II-listed former faculty close to Liverpool Street, the place a red-brick façade and huge arched home windows stand in distinction to the encompassing skyscrapers. It’s a household affair, with Jeff Galvin within the kitchen and brother David stocking the fridge with seasonal components purchased the evening earlier than from Covent Garden Market. The menus are knowledgeable by conventional French cooking methods delivered with fashionable aptitude, and embrace dishes resembling tagine of Bresse pigeon, cannon of Cornish lamb and chilled Charentaise melon soup.

35 Spital Square, E1, galvinrestaurants.com

Behind, Hackney*

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It could not have been essentially the most of auspicious of instances to launch your first restaurant, however simply 20 days after Andy Beynon opened Behind, on the sting of London Fields, Hackney, in October 2020, the fish-focused eatery was awarded its first Michelin star. Cutting his tooth alongside culinary heavyweights Claude Bosi, Phil Howard and Michael Wignall, Beynon believes service must be as a lot part of the meal because the meals itself – which is why he, and his fellow cooks, personally serve plates themselves.

20 Sidworth Street, E8, behindrestaurant.co.uk

Leroy, Shoreditch*

When the Michelin-starred crew behind London Fields’ Ellory realised they might get a greater lease deal in Shoreditch, they closed up store and relaunched as Leroy on Phipp Street in 2019, with the restaurant incomes its first Michelin star inside 18 months of opening. Head chef Sam Kamienko is behind the superb menu, whereas an equally distinctive wine checklist is curated by sommeliers Ed Thaw and Jack Lewens. The two- and three-course lunch and three-course dinner menus are seasonal and alter all through the week; instance dishes embrace smoked venison tartare, and spring lamb chump with sheep’s ricotta and spring veg.

18 Phipp Street, EC2A, leroyshoreditch.com

City Social, City of London*

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Sky-high restaurants are nothing new these days however, whereas most depend on the views they provide to get bums on seats, you’d count on City Social to be a hit even when it was positioned at floor degree. A three way partnership between restaurateur and chef Jason Atherton and Restaurant Associates, City Social serves modern European fare from the twenty fourth ground of Tower 42, previously referred to as the NatWest Tower. There’s a buzzy bar, loads of giant round cubicles for teams, and a desk that’s been turn out to be referred to as the proposal desk.

Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, EC2N, citysociallondon.com

St John, Farringdon*

If a menu consisting of offal, pigs’ ears, ox hearts, geese’ hearts, bone marrow and, sometimes, squirrel, doesn’t have you ever dribbling in anticipation, then St. John will not be for you. One of the forerunners in ‘nose-to-tail’ consuming, the Smithfield restaurant has earned a standing amongst cooks and critics for bringing again out-of-fashion components and long-forgotten recipes. Gravy is blood-based and trotters are a speciality. Awarded a Michelin star in 2009, St John is usually named as one of many 50 Best Restaurants within the World.  

26 St. John Street, EC1M, stjohnrestaurant.com

Brat, Shoreditch*

Named not after a badly-behaved youngster however the Old English phrase for turbot, Brat in Shoreditch takes inspiration from conventional cooking kinds within the Basque nation. Previously head chef at Mayfair’s Kitty Fisher’s, Tomos Parry opened Brat, his first standalone restaurant, in 2018 and earned a Michelin star throughout the first yr, together with a fanbase that features Brad Pitt and Nigella Lawson. Food cooked over an open flame is the theme right here, with the smoky scent of grilled Dover sole, beef sirloin and beef rib filling the restaurant. Turbot, unsurprisingly, is the signature dish, grilled complete in a home made basket over charcoal and served to share.

4 Redchurch Street, E1, bratrestaurant.com

Cornerstone, Hackney*

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Yet one other Hackney-based restaurant pulling London’s culinary centre eastwards, Cornerstone is the newest venture from Tom Brown, protégé of Nathan Outlaw. Having realized the ropes below the seafood kingpin, it’s no shock that fish and shellfish dominate the menu on this pared-back, polished-concrete-and-white-wall fine-food emporium. Seasonally-inclined dishes, each cooked and uncooked, impressed the Guide for his or her ‘daring, clearly outlined flavours’ and for providing ‘loads of originality’.

3 Prince Edward Road, E9, cornerstonehackney.com

Mãos, Shoreditch*

There’s house for simply 16 diners at this Shoreditch restaurant, all of whom eat collectively round one large desk. The intimate setting, no-choice tasting menu and discreet location above the Blue Mountain School provides the restaurant a secret supper club-style environment, albeit one which comes with a costlier price ticket. Mãos (that means arms in Portuguese) prefers to maintain its menu below a cloak of secrecy and discourages its diners from sharing their expertise on social media, however what we do know is its revolutionary Portuguese and Japanese-inspired flavours had been awarded a Michelin star throughout the first 18 months of opening.

41 Redchurch Street, E1, bluemountain.faculty/maos

The Clove Club, Shoreditch*

In 2010, associates Daniel Willis, Isaac McHale and Johnny Smith based a supper membership referred to as The Clove Club, and simply three years later opened a restaurant of the identical title, scooping a Michelin star within the course of. Located in Shoreditch Town Hall, The Clove Club serves a tasting menu made utilizing components sourced solely from Britain, however with flavours impressed by cuisines from throughout the globe. Don’t miss the signature uncooked Orkney scallop with Périgord truffle, hazelnut and mandarin.

380 Old Street, EC1V, thecloveclub.com

Angler, City of London*

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Occupying a seventh-storey spot on the prime of Liverpool Street’s hip-and-happening South Place Hotel, Angler is, against this, a hushed sea of calming whites and muted greys. The restaurant has constructed its repute on the easy remedy of the freshest fish and seafood, however its steak and lamb dishes rival anything within the Square Mile, too. There are some 250 wines to select from, most are French however many come from lesser-celebrated wine producers from around the globe. It could also be positioned within the coronary heart of the City, however Angler feels something however company.  

3 South Place, EC2M, anglerrestaurant.com

Club Gascon, Farringdon* 

A temple to the food and drinks of Gascony, Club Gascon includes a wine cellar of greater than 400 wines from the South of France alone, and a menu devoted to essentially the most indulgent of French delicacies. The restaurant opened in a former financial institution close to Smithfield market, Farringdon, in 1998 and is credited for uplifting one thing of a fine-dining revolution within the space. The restaurant is tasting menu solely: seven programs will set you again £130; 5 programs £95. Each menu can also be out there as a vegetarian choice. Club Gascon has held a Michelin star since 2002.

57 West Smithfield, EC1A, clubgascon.com

Casa Fofo, Hackney*

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The second enterprise from Adolfo De Cecco, the culinary whizz behind Pidgin in Dalston, Casa Fofò is an intimate neighbourhood restaurant simply down the highway in Clapton. Dishes change every day and, like Pidgin, the eatery operates a tasting menu solely. Luckily, Casa Fofò within reason priced, given the complexity of the meals that’s served there, charging £45 for seven programs (on the time of publication). Seasonal components from native suppliers take centre stage, although flavours vary from British to Pacific to Asian by the use of the Mediterranean.

158 Sandringham Road, E8, casafofolondon.co.uk

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Restaurant Story, Southwark**

Restaurant Story acquired its first Michelin star inside six months of opening again in 2013. The Tom Seller’s enterprise achieved its second star in 2021. Upon arrival, company will not be offered with a menu, slightly are constructed a meal round their preferences. Visits turn out to be a combination of signature Story classics – the edible, beef-dripping candle being essentially the most talked-about – and seasonally impressed innovations. Lunchtime diners can look ahead to a seven-course tasting menu (£120), whereas night company get to bask in ten programs (£170).

199 Tooley Street, SE1, restaurantstory.co.uk

Chez Bruce, Wandsworth*

Perched on the sting of Wandsworth Common, Chez Bruce has been offering elegant French and Mediterranean-inspired fare to the fortunate individuals of South London since 1995. This isn’t the place to go for molecular gastronomy or cutting-edge cooking methods. The mission assertion from chef Bruce Poole is all about providing hearty, high-quality meals that he himself needs to eat: assume selfmade charcuterie, slow-cooked stews, stunning salads and a pastry station that basically is aware of its approach across the classics. If all you actually need is nice meals and equally elegant service, Chez Bruce is a strong suggestion.

2 Bellevue Road, SW17, chezbruce.co.uk

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