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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


The Restaurant at Meadowood in Napa Valley, California - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 99. In many European countries with their long winegrowing traditions, the concept of "creating" a first growth is almost anathema. The Californian pioneering spirit is of course completely opposite and when Bill Harlan in 1985 purchased a property west of Oakville, where no grapevine had ever been grown, it took him less than two decades to propel the wines from "Harlan Estate" to...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsU.S.A. - 23-08-2015


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


Northcote Manor - 1 Michelin star

Rating: 90. Craig Bancroft, managing director of the Northcote Group, is not a person to rest on his laurels. For over thirty years now, he and chef/patron Nigel Haworth have kept Northcote Manor firmly on the Lancashire foodie map and with their latest 11-month renovation project, which was finalised in April last year, they're ready to add another thirty. Don't worry: the main house is still intact,...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - Lancashire - 14-08-2015


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


Asador Etxebarri in Atxondo, Spain - 1 Michelin star

Rating: 88. There is much ado about Asador Etxebarri. In the top 3 of most recommended restaurants in Spain in the Where Chefs Eat guide, it bests Mugaritz (3rd spot with 22 recommendations) and El Celler de Can Roca (2nd with 23 recommendations), with 24 recommendations. With this number, this grill restaurant outstrips popular places like Massimo Bottura's Osteria Francescana in Italy, Brett Graham'...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory Spain - Atxondo - 01-08-2015


Restaurante Martin Berasategui in Lasarte-Oria, Spain - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 95. With 14 years of three Michelin stars, Martín Berasategui's eponymous restaurant in Lasarte-Oria is the second longest running three-star restaurant in Spain, behind Arzak in San Sebastian, which has had held three Michelin stars since 1989. Apart from his flagship restaurant in the Basque Country, Martín Berasategui (b. 1960) has 10 other restaurants, including Lasarte in Barcel...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsSpain - 30-07-2015


L'Enclume in Cartmel, UK - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 99. About a year ago I had a truly dazzling meal at Simon Rogan's Fera at Claridge's in London. An exceptional experience that made go back there twice, but it also made me desperately want to go to Rogan's famed two Michelin starred restaurant up north in the Lake District: L'Enclume. And so here we are, a year later, at the mothership in Cartmel, because this where it all started bac...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory UK - Cumbria - 14-07-2015


The French Laundry in Yountville, California - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 94. If there is one restaurant that has become mythical over the years, it's Thomas Keller's The French Laundry in Yountville, California. Mythical because The French Laundry remains one of the toughest reservations in the world. It is at least, if you go at it the old fashioned way, and you just call them and try to book a table, without the help of a Black Amex or another concierge service. ...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsU.S.A. - 09-07-2015


Elkano in Getaria, Spain - 1 Michelin star

Rating: 90. Elkano is a family restaurant in Getaria, a fishing village on the Bay of Biscay some 15 miles west of San Sebastian. The history of the restaurant goes back as far as 1964, when Pedro Arregui opened a fish restaurant on the Calle Elkano Kalea in Getaria. Some two decades later restaurant Elkano relocated to its current premises on the Herrerieta Kalea. Over the years Elkano has become the first a...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory Spain - Getaria - 28-06-2015


Mugaritz in Errenteria, Spain - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 96. When Andoni Luis Aduriz opened Mugaritz in Errenteria back in 1998, he was one of the first elBulli alumni to strike out on his own. A couple of years after dropping out of catering college in San Sebastian, Andoni Luis Aduriz (b.1971) went to work for Ferran Adria at the then internationally still relatively unknown elBulli in Roses, Catalonia. Aduriz stayed there for 2 years (1993-1994), a perio...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory Spain - Errenteria - 22-06-2015


Coi in San Francisco - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 94. Daniel Patterson (b. 1969) is an East Coast boy who started working in kitchens in Massachusetts when he was 14 years old. In 1989 he dropped out of college and moved to San Francisco. For no particular reason, he says in his 2013 book "Coi" and it took him many years to learn to love the people and the place. In rural Sonoma, where he moved in 1991, he grew his knowledge of nature and p...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory U.S.A. - San Francisco - 13-06-2015


Bouchon in Yountville, California

Rating: 90. Did you know that America's largest veterans' home, housing some 1,000 veterans, is located in the small town of Yountville? I didn't. I guess most of us are much more familiar with Yountville as the home of the The French Laundry, Bouchon and Ad Hoc, all restaurants owned by gastronomic veteran Thomas Keller. After establishing the French Laundry in 1994, Keller opened his second Youn...
Category: Restaurants, - Subcategory U.S.A. - Yountville - 10-06-2015


Benu in San Francisco - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 97. After working for Thomas Keller at his restaurants The French Laundry and Per Se for almost a decade, Corey Lee struck out on his own in 2010 with Benu restaurant in San Francisco's SoMa district. Corey Lee had already earned his spurs as Chef de Cuisine at The French Laundry for 5 years, and he quickly climbed the Michelin ladder with his own restaurant. Benu debuted with two Michelin stars i...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsU.S.A. - 26-05-2015


Atelier Crenn in San Francisco - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 96. Dominique Crenn is the chef/owner of Atelier Crenn in San Francisco. Atelier Crenn opened its doors in January 2011 and that same year in October, the restaurant was awarded a Michelin star (2012 guide). The second star followed the next year (2013 guide), making her the first female chef in the U.S. to receive 2 Michelin stars. Dominique Crenn is originally from Brittany (in the extreme west of F...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory U.S.A. - San Francisco - 12-05-2015


Manresa in Los Gatos (CA) - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 95. Under the watchful eye of chef/owner David Kinch, restaurant Manresa has held two Michelin stars since Michelin launched their first edition of the San Francisco & Bay Area guide in October 2006 (2007 guide). On his way to opening Manresa in Los Gatos in 2002, Kinch had taken a long and winding road, apprenticing and working in various kitchens in the US, Europe and Japan. After grad...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory U.S.A. - Los Gatos - 10-05-2015


Saison in San Francisco - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 98. Michelin awarded only five restaurants world-wide a third star last year, three of which are located in the United States: Grace in Chicago and Benu and Saison in San Francisco. The other two were La Bouitte in France and Makimura in Japan. Saison and Benu are San Francisco's first ever three-star restaurants. The story of Saison in San Francisco is short but fascinating. Basically the restaur...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsU.S.A. - 26-04-2015


Pastorale in Reet (near Antwerp) - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 93. Chef Bart de Pooter's restaurant Pastorale is housed in former vicarage, built in the late classicistic style in the 19th century, and is located in the small village of Reet, some 11 miles from Antwerp. Before starting his own restaurant in 1992, Bart de Pooter trained in the kitchens of celebrated Belgian chef Pierre Romeyer at his 3-star restaurant La Maison de Bouche in Hoeilaart, at Trent...
Category: Menuknop 1 - Subcategory Belgium - Antwerp - 20-04-2015


Hof Van Cleve in Kruishoutem - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 100. Once a simple brasserie serving traditional Belgian food, Hof van Cleve is now widely recognised as one of Belgium's gastronomic greats. Chef-owner Peter Goossens (b. 1964) started his career at a Belgian catering college in Koksijde, after which he continued this training in Paris, working in a number of Michelin-starred kitchens, including the then two-starred Le Pré Catelan. When he ...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsBelgium - 20-03-2015


Central Park by Ron Blaauw in Voorburg (near The Hague)

Rating: 89. Central Park by Ron Blaauw ("Central Park") is a new, brasserie-style restaurant housed in a stately building on the the Vreugd and Rust estate in Voorburg (near The Hague), a space previously occupied by the illustrious and long-standing Michelin-starred restaurant Savelberg. The restaurant is run by first-time restaurateur Carsten Klint, and the menu is overseen by renowned Dutch Miche...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Other - 15-03-2015


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


't Nonnetje in Harderwijk, the Netherlands - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 88. In the 2015 edition of the Michelin guide, the Netherlands gained two more two-star restaurants, 't Nonnetje in Harderwijk (some 44 miles from Amsterdam) and De Lindehof in Nuenen (near Eindhoven). 't Nonnetje ("The little nun") is located in the city centre of Harderwijk, one of the Netherlands' historic hanseatic cities. Since 1998, the owner and maître d'hô...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Harderwijk - 04-03-2015


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


Michelin guide Nordic Cities 2015

This morning Michelin launched its first ever Nordic cities guide featuring Copenhagen in Denmark, Helsinki in Finland, Oslo in Norway, and Stockholm and Gothenburg in Sweden, all cities that were also included in Michelin's Main Cities of Europe guide. Two new cities have been added to the first edition of this new guide: Aarhus in Denmark and Malmö in Sweden. The guide will go on sale o...
Category: Michelin - 26-02-2015


Nordic Michelin starred chefs on Twitter

This is a list of all Nordic Michelin starred chefs/restaurants currently on Twitter, based on the first edition of the Michelin Nordic Cities guide, which features 45 Michelin starred restaurants in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. In cases where the head chef(s) doesn't/don't have a personal Twitter account I have mentioned the restaurant account, if available. I do realise of c...
Category: Michelin - 26-02-2015


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


Vendôme in Bergisch-Gladbach, Germany - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 98. Joachim Wissler, Vendôme, and "New German Cuisine" are often mentioned in the same breath. The rise of German haute cuisine started as early as 1979, when Eckart Witzigmann's Munich restaurant Aubergine was Germany's first restaurant to be awarded three Michelin stars, quickly followed by Heinz Winkler's Tantris in 1981, Herbert Schönberger's Der Goldene Pflug in 1982, and later on by Im Schiffche...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: Germany3 stars - 17-02-2015


Michelin guide France 2015

This morning Michelin announced the 2015 Michelin stars and Bib Gourmands for France. The guide will go on sale on 6 February 2015. Michelin has awarded three stars to La Bouitte in Saint-Martin-de-Belleville, located in France's Trois Vallées ski area. The kitchen a La Bouitte is run by father and son René and Maxime Meilleur. La Bouitte was awarded its first Michelin star in...
Category: Michelin - 02-02-2015


Akrame in Paris - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 91. Established in 2011, Akrame in Paris' 16th arrondissement has quickly collected two Michelin stars. The first star was awarded shortly after the opening in tje 2012 guide and the second star followed in 2014 already. Akrame is the fine dining restaurant of executive chef Akrame Benallal (b. 1981), who also owns two bistro/barbeque restaurants in Paris called Atelier Vivanda, one of which is lo...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory France - Paris - 29-01-2015


De Leest in Vaassen, the Netherlands - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 97. In 2013 De Leest was the fourth restaurant in Dutch history to be awarded three Michelin stars, the others being De Librije in Zwolle in 2004, Oud Sluis in Sluis in 2006 (now defunct) and Parkheuvel in Rotterdam in 2002 (now 2 stars, chef Cees Helder retired in 2006). Executive chef at De Leest is Jacob Jan Boerma (b. 1972) and maître d'hôtel / sommelier is his wife Kim Veldman. Before opening De ...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: The Netherlands3 stars - 19-01-2015


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


Garance in Paris

Rating: 87. In 2012 l'Arpège alumni Guillaume Iskandar (chef) and Guillaume Muller (sommerlier/restaurant manager) opened Garance, a two-story restaurant in Paris' 7th arrondissement. On the ground floor there is a 4-seat kitchen counter and upstairs there is a small modern dining room and bar, which seats around 14 people. Garance is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday. At lunch...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory France - Paris - 07-01-2015


The 15 Best Dishes of 2014

    1. Veal and oyster tartare wrapped in lightly pickled kohlrabi, apple marigold, green apple and kohlrabi juice sauce (Fera at Claridge's in London, UK - full review)       2. Combination of Duck à la Royale (duck meat, truffle and foie gras) and Duck à l'Orange (duck foie gras mousse in orange je...
Category: Menuknop 1 - 26-12-2014


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


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 worked in the kitchens of Restaura...
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-star restaurant. The next year (2006 g...
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 found...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsSpain - 21-05-2014


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


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


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