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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


Bolenius in Amsterdam - 1 Michelin star

Rating: 90. You need to revisit and re-review this restaurant. That's what Xavier, my husband, suggested to me last September, when he returned from lunch with a business partner at Bolenius in Amsterdam. Apparently things had changed a lot since our last visits in 2012, when I found the experience at Bolenius underwhelming. Next thing you know, Bolenius was awarded a Michelin star in the ...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 18-01-2017


My 15 Best Dishes of 2016

For Fenno (2002 - 2016), the best dog in the world MY 15 BEST DISHES OF 2016   Let me start with a summary of my year in gastronomy.   January  My first restaurant meal of the year was on January the 1st, at 45 Jermyn St. (Fortnum & Mason) in London. A disappointing meal, especially the main course of Steak with Café de Paris butter, the latte...
Category: Restaurants - 30-12-2016


Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills (New York)

Rating: 98. The term "farm to table" or the relatively new "farm to fork" has become a marketing term used for almost any restaurant with a vegetable patch or restaurants that buy local produce. I don't know exactly when this term was coined, although the New York Times already mentions a "farm to table plan" in a 1914 article. Marketing term aside, for me farm-to-table is ...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory U.S.A. - New York City - 15-12-2016


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


Eleven Madison Park in New York City - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 92. Where in Europe Michelin is often criticised (and sometimes rightfully so) for being too cautious or too conservative when awarding or taking away stars, the Michelin team in the United States are quite the opposite. In the US guides it's not uncommon for a restaurant to debute with two Michelin stars, or for a second star to be taken from a restaurant that had been promoted just 2 year...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsU.S.A. - 12-11-2016


Auberge Jean & Marie in Amsterdam

Rating: 89. Auberge Jean & Marie is new restaurant and wine bar in Amsterdam by Jan Grijpeere (Jean) and Marije Bremer (Marie), which opened its doors in the lively "De Pijp" area in Amsterdam this summer. Before opening their own, partly crowdfunded, restaurant. Jan and Marije worked at Amsterdam hotspots like winebar Vyne, Bistrot Neuf and Guts & Glory. (courtesy of Jean & Mar...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 27-10-2016


MIMI in New York City

Rating: 83. MIMI is a tiny, 27-seat bistro in New York City's Greenwich Village, opened in October 2015 by young restaurateurs Louis Levy (son of French novelist Marc Levy), Camille Deterre, and Daniel and Even Bennett. Behind the stove is 25-year-old Liz Johnson who's trained at Rene Redzepi's Noma in Copenhagen en David Chang's Má Pêche in New York City, amongst others.&n...
Category: Restaurants, - Subcategory U.S.A. - New York City - 28-09-2016


Geranium in Copenhagen - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 97. When Geranium was awarded a third Michelin star on the 24th of February 2016, the restaurant made history as it became Denmark's first three-star restaurant ever. Geranium is run and co-owned by Rasmus Kofoed (executive chef) and Søren Ledet (restaurant manager/sommelier), who originally opened the restaurant in 2007 in Copenhagen's Kongens Have (the King's Garden). In 2008 the ...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsDenmark - 25-09-2016


The Beehive in White Waltham

Rating: 89. The word "gastropub" has been so overused that it has fallen out of favour in recent years, but it's a marvellous word to describe the concept of restaurant quality food served in a pub. In fact, isn't this unique British phenomenon, which has been around since the early 90s, the forerunner of "bistronomie'' restaurants. When the bistronomie movement reached its...
Category: Restaurants, - Subcategory UK - Berkshire - 05-09-2016


Le Cinq in Paris - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 98. Le Roi est mort, vive le Roi! Fine Dining is dead, long live Fine Dining. The past five years have been truly challenging for the fine dining industry. Faced with the new economic reality that gradually set in after the financial crisis of 2008, lots of restaurants have been tinkering about with a new-style fine dining concept. Numerous restaurants relaunched with more casual concepts, a...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsFrance - 27-07-2016


The Waterside Inn in Bray - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 88. Britain's fine dining scene owes a lot to the Roux family or (dare I say) dynasty. For almost 50 years now, the Roux family have been a key contributor to gastronomy in Britain, first and foremost as patrons and chefs of two of the oldest and most distinguished Michelin starred restaurants in Britain. It all started in 1967, when brothers Albert and Michel Roux opened Le Gavroche in Lower Sloa...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsUK - 19-07-2016


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


l'Oustau de Baumanière in Les-Baux-de-Provence - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 94. Baumanière is a family-run hotel located in Les-Baux-de-Provence, set right in the middle of the Alpilles, a rocky mountain range in Provence. The hotel is well-known for its unique location, but it's famous for being the home of the illustrious restaurant l'Oustau de Baumanière ("l'Oustau"). The hotel and restaurant were founded in 1945 by Raymond Thuillier (...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory France - Other - 21-06-2016


Mirazur in Menton, France - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 97. When Mauro Colagreco (b.1976) opened his own restaurant back in 2006, the world of gastronomy was a different place altogether. El Bulli had just taken over the number 1 spot from The Fat Duck in the World's 50 Best Restaurants list; legendary French chefs Michel Bras and Marc Veyrat were still very much behind the pots in their restaurants, and things such as social media, food bloggers and...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory France - Menton - 15-06-2016


l'Ambroisie in Paris - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 99. I've gone astray. When it comes to choosing food at a restaurant I've always had a preference for tasting menus. Firstly because I'm greedy, but more importantly, it will usually give you the most intense and broad experience in a restaurant; in some cases you did make that special journey after all. It also has to do with value for money and in countries such as Spain, the Netherlan...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsFrance - 12-06-2016


Neige d'Ete in Paris - 1 Michelin star

Rating: 88. Pages, Neige d'Été and Nakatani: these are three of the seven new one-star restaurants in Paris, all are run by Japanese chefs, and all three are serving modern French/neo-bistro cuisine. Apart from the Michelin star these restaurants also have a minimalist, mainly white decor in common, with tablecloths by the way (are they making a comeback?!). Neige d'Été, ...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory France - Paris - 08-06-2016


Epicure at Le Bristol (Eric Frechon) in Paris - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 98. The name Oetker is usually associated with baking products and ready-made pizzas, that go under the name Dr. Oetker, part of the Oetker Group, a 120-year-old family business in Germany. The founder of the Oetker Group was Dr. August Oetker (hence Dr. Oetker), a pharmacist from Bielefeld, Germany, who developed a baking powder in 1893 and started selling it commercially for domestic purposes.&...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsFrance - 30-05-2016


Victor's Fine Dining by Cristian Bau (Schloss Berg) in Germany - 3 Michelins stars

Chefs and tattoos go together like steak and Béarnaise. German chef Christian Bau (b. 1971) is well-known for his two forearm tattoos, both tattooed in 2005, when he was awarded three Michelin stars for his restaurant Schloss Berg (now known as Victor's Fine Dining by Christian Bau). One arm features the classic "trois étoiles", and the other arm also features three s...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsGermany - 23-05-2016


Krug Clos du Mesnil - A Comprehensive Tasting 1979-2003

By Xavier Auerbach "To those of us gazing in from the outside in wide-eyed wonder, Krug is to Champagne as Domaine de la Romanée-Conti is to Burgundy and Pétrus is to Bordeaux. It possesses a grandeur, an otherwordliness, an amplitude that is as lofty as its mesospheric price. Krug's grand hierarchy of prestige begins at a higher price than any other in Champagne and ...
Category: Wine - Subcategory France - 10-04-2016


BAK restaurant in Amsterdam

Rating: 89. BAK is a pop-up turned brick-and-mortar restaurant located on the 3rd floor of the 'Het Veem' theatre, a former warehouse sitting on the banks of the river IJ in Amsterdam's 'Westelijk Havengebied' area. The restaurant is owned by three friends, Benny Blisto (chef), Alessandro da Fies (restaurant manager/sommelier) and Piet Sanders, and they have been operating from this perman...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 02-04-2016


Cheval Blanc in Basel, Switzerland - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 95. Switzerland's newest three-star restaurant Cheval Blanc is housed in the Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois, located on the banks of the river Rhine in Basel. Les Trois Rois has a long and rich history. The first documented record of the hotel, then an inn, dates back to 1681 and their most illustrious guest probably was Napoleon Bonaparte in 1797. Over the centuries, the hotel has had many owner...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsSwitzerland - 24-03-2016


Restaurant Sinne in Amsterdam - 1 Michelin star

Rating: 89. Situated on the busy Ceintuurbaan in the "De Pijp" area, Restaurant Sinne ("Sinne") is one of Amsterdam's fourteen Michelin starred restaurants (4 two-stars and 10 one-stars), and is owned by chef Alexander Ioannou and his wife Suzanne Sluijter. The couple opened the restaurant in October 2013 and thirteen months later, in November 2014 (2015 guide), Sinne was awarded ...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 16-03-2016


Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux - A Comparative Tasting of 2011 and 2013

By Xavier Auerbach  On 7 March 2016, I attended the evening session of the Amsterdam UGC tasting this year, which featured wines from both the 2013 and 2011 vintages. Below you will find my notes on the wines I tasted. There was little time, there were many friends and discussions were lively. By consequence, I have only some 40 notes and they are relatively brief. The overall picture th...
Category: Wine, - 15-03-2016


Michelin guide Main Cities of Europe 2016

This morning Michelin announced the results of the 2016 Main Cities of Europe guide. The most noteworthy countries in this guide are Austria, Chech Republic, Greece, Hungary, and Poland, all countries without their own Michelin guide.  In this 35th edition of the guide, Michelin has promoted three restaurants in Austria to two stars: Mraz & Sohn in Vienna, and Ikarus and Senns in Sal...
Category: Michelin - 09-03-2016


Coque in Humanes de Madrid - 2 Michelin stars

Rating: 92. Restaurante Coque in Humanes de Madrid, some 18 miles south of Madrid, is a third-generation family restaurant, currently run by three brothers. Mario Sandoval is the executive chef, Diego Sandoval the restaurant manager, and Rafael Sandoval serves as sommelier. The restaurant is named after the Sandoval brothers' grandfather, who opened the establishment (then a cafe) in 1949. Mario Sand...
Category: Restaurants, - Subcategory Spain - Madrid - 27-02-2016


Michelin Nordic guide 2016

Yesterday Michelin surprised fans and detractors alike by awarding not one but two restaurants a third star in the 2016 Nordic guide. Winners of this ultimate accolade are Maaemo in Oslo and Geranium in Copenhagen. Executive chef and co-owner of Maaemo is Esben Holmboe Bang (b. 1982 in Copenhagen), who opened the restaurant in 2010. Maaemo debuted with two Michelin stars in Michelin's 2012 Mai...
Category: Michelin - 25-02-2016


Kaagman & Kortekaas in Amsterdam

Rating: 86. In september 2015 chef Giel Kaagman and sommelier Bram Kortekaas opened their eponymous bistro-style restaurant bang in the middle of the centre of Amsterdam, near De Nieuwe Kerk. The duo has gained experience in renowned restaurants in Amsterdam. Most recently they both worked at French restaurant Bordewijk and before the opening of the restaurant, Bram Kortekaas worked briefly at Rotisserie...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 16-02-2016


Alinea in Residence: Alinea Madrid

Rating: 92. Long ago, before the era of celebrity chefs and their restaurants, the only way to taste a famous chef's food, was to actually go to his restaurant and have a meal there. How things have changed. Nowadays you can go to exclusive "an evening with" events closer to your home. They tend to come at a price however - in Ferran Adria's case the privilege would have set you back a finan...
Category: Restaurants, - Subcategories: 3 starsU.S.A.Spain - 11-02-2016


Punto MX in Madrid, Spain - 1 Michelin star

Rating: 90. Pretty much everybody likes Mexican food. Generally speaking (ignoring the cheap and not so cheerful (chain) restaurants) Mexican cuisine is universally loved for its attractive ingredients and the tasty and hearty flavours. Taquerias and taco food trucks have become a cult hit in recent years and tacos are promising to be the New Ramen. The latest example of this trend, is perhaps the taco stand ...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory Spain - Madrid - 05-02-2016


Agata's in Dusseldorf, Germany - 1 Michelin star

Rating: 90. Düsseldorf currently has one two-star restaurant (the legendary Im Schiffchen) and seven one-star restaurants - not a huge number considering the city has a population of just below 600,000. Agata's is a restaurant named after its owner Agata Reul. The restaurant opened its doors in 2012 and the following year it was awarded a Michelin star (2014 guide). At the helm of the kitchen is...
Category: Menuknop 1 - Subcategory Germany - Dusseldorf - 03-02-2016


Michelin guide France 2016

This morning Michelin announced the results of the 2016 guide for France. In the 2016 guide, Michelin has awarded a third star to Le Cinq at the illustrious Hôtel George V. Since October 2014, executive chef at Le Cinq has been Christian LeSquer, who previously held three stars for more than a decade at Le Pavillon Ledoyen in Paris. Michelin director Michael Ellis on Christian LeSquer...
Category: Michelin - 01-02-2016


Restaurant Breda in Amsterdam

Rating: 91. Amsterdam is experiencing a restaurant boom. A couple of weeks ago Amsterdam's local newspaper Het Parool reported that the Amsterdam dining scene has grown by 27% in the past 5 years, and that the Dutch capital currently has now fewer than 4 new restaurant openings a week. As is inevitable with booms: There is the good and the bad, the great and the low and the just and the unjust (Al...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 22-01-2016


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


Mr Porter in Amsterdam

Rating: 80. You can get good steaks in Amsterdam these days, but the Dutch capital had never had a proper American style steakhouse. So, I was very pleased to hear that the W Hotel in Amsterdam would be opening a steakhouse called Mr Porter, on the top floor of the hotel. And the use of the words "steakhouse" and "chophouse" on their website was very promising, although the self-chosen qua...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 07-01-2016


De Librije in Zwolle, the Netherlands - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 99. After having occupyied Zwolle's former monastic library for 25 years, Jonnie and Thérèse Boer announced in September 2014, that they would be relocating their restaurant De Librije to the Librije Hotel, housed in the former city prison (they do know how to give old buildings a new lease of life). The restaurant reopened in January 2015 and is now situated in the hotel's spaci...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsThe Netherlands - 27-12-2015


Michelin guide Belgium and Luxembourg 2016

This morning Michelin announced the results of the 2016 Belgium and Luxembourg guide. The guide will go on sale on 16 December 2015. Sergio Herman's The Jane in Antwerp has been awarded a second Michelin star. Also promoted to two stars in the 2016 guide is d'Eugenie à Emilie in Baudour and La Villa in the Sky in Brussels. Belgium now has 20 two-star restaurants, the same&nb...
Category: Michelin - 14-12-2015


10 Best Dishes of 2015

Here are my 10 Best Dishes of 2015: 10. Turbot at Elkano in Getaria, Spain - May 2015     In April/May wild Atlantic turbot is at the peak of its season. The water is at the right temperature and the turbots can feed on an abundance of anchovies and other small fish. At Elkano the turbot's purity is savoured by grilling it whole and serving it with little more th...
Category: Restaurants - 14-12-2015


Michelin guide Italy 2016

In Milan this morning, Michelin presented the 2016 Michelin guide for Italy. The 61st edition of the guide will go on sale on 11 December 2015. Gourmetstube Einhorn in Mules (Alto Adige) has gained a second Michelin star. Gourmetstube Einhorn is housed in the Romantik Hotel Stafler and executive chef is 42-year-old Peter Girtler. Restaurant Perbellini, now featured in the guide as Casa Perbelli...
Category: Michelin - 10-12-2015


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


Michelin guide Netherlands 2016

In Amsterdam this morning, Michelin announced the Michelin stars 2016 for the Netherlands. The Dutch guide will hit the shelves on 10 December 2015. De Groene Lantaarn in Zuidwolde has been promoted to two stars, taking the number of two-star restaurants in the Netherlands up to 20. Michelin praises chef Jarno Eggen's creative and technically skilled cooking, resulting in a delici...
Category: Michelin - 07-12-2015


Michelin guide Spain and Portugal 2016

On Wednesday 25 November, Michelin unveiled the selection of the 2016 guide for Spain and Portugal. Michelin has awarded two restaurants a second star: Coque in Humanes de Madrid (executive chef: Mario Sandoval) and Zaranda at the Castell Son Claret Hotel in Mallorca (executive chef: Fernando P. Arellano), which takes the number of two-star restaurants in Spain in the 2016 guide to 20. The nu...
Category: Michelin - 28-11-2015


The Fat Duck in Bray, England (2015 review)

Rating: 99. Domestic ducks are not migrating birds, unless you're the Fat One. The Fat Duck has just returned from a 6-month over-summering period in Melbourne, Australia. After the last lunch service on December the 21st in 2014, the Fat Duck in Bray closed and the entire restaurant, including almost all kitchen and waiting staff, moved to their temporary, adopted home at the Crown Casino in Melbourne. D...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsUK - 25-11-2015


Choux in Amsterdam

Rating: 90. Choux is a new venture by chef Merijn van Berlo and sommelier Figo van Onna, who have previously opened Repéré and Foyer, two successful pop-up restaurants in Amsterdam, in 2014. The restaurant opened its doors in May 2015 and has its abode in the Spring House, located on the south bank of the IJ river in Amsterdam. Where in London a new restaurant would get all the critics in, in th...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 16-11-2015


Michelin guide Germany 2016

Today Michelin announced the Michelin stars 2016 for Germany. With this new guide Michelin Germany is celebrating 50 years of awarding stars. In the 1966 guide Michelin awarded stars to 66 restaurants for the first time. Two stars were awarded for the first time to seven restaurants in 1974, including Eckart Witzigmann's Tantris in Munich. The 1980 guide featured Germany's first three-star...
Category: Michelin - 12-11-2015


Obauer in Werfen, Austria

Rating: 83. Hotel-Restaurant Obauer in Werfen (some 35 miles from Salzburg) is an establishment with a considerable tradition and history. The current Obauer generation, Karl (b. 1953) and Rudi (b. 1961), took over the family business in 1979. In the 1980's both brothers did stints at internationally acclaimed restaurants, such as Au Crocodile and Léon de Lyon (Karl), as well as Troisgros, Au Croco...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory Austria - Werfen - 28-10-2015


My thoughts on the 2016 "Lekker 500" guide

Lekker is a Dutch magazine that annually publishes a Top 100 Best Restaurants list in their "Lekker 500" magazine. The 2016 edition of that list was unveiled this morning (here's the full list).  The magazine features 500 restaurants, but numbers 101 to 500 are not ranked, they're just mentioned. But honestly, who would care about the position of number 374? &n...
Category: Restaurants - 26-10-2015


In De Wulf in Dranouter, Belgium (2015 review)

Rating: 94. His restaurant is at the top of its game, yet on Friday the 23rd of October chef Kobe Desramaults announced that he'll be closing In De Wulf in December 2016. This news does not mean that he is retiring however. Desramaults on his decision: "I'm 35 years old and for 12 years I given everything for my restaurant; now it's time for reflection". Kobe Desramaults was 23 y...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory Belgium - Dranouter - 25-10-2015


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


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


Michelin guide Switzerland 2016

Today Michelin announced the Michelin stars 2016 for Switzerland. The 2016 guide will go on sale tomorrow. In the 2016 guide Michelin has awarded Cheval Blanc in Basel a third Michelin star. Restaurant Cheval Blanc is housed in the Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois in Basel, located on the banks of the river Rhine. Executive chef at Cheval Blanc is Peter Knogl (b. 1968), who's held this position s...
Category: Michelin - 07-10-2015


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


Michelin guide New York City 2016

Yesterday Michelin announced the results of the 2016 Michelin guide for New York City. The 2016 guide will go on sale today. In the 11th edition of the New York City guide Michelin has awarded a second star to The Modern, a restaurant part of Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group. Executive chef at The Modern since March 2014 is Abram Bissell. Michelin on The Modern in their pre...
Category: Michelin - 01-10-2015


Simon Taxacher in Kirchberg, Austria

Rating: 92. What happens to stars awarded to a restaurant when Michelin discontinues a guide? Do they disappear immediately or they continue to hover over a restaurant like an illuminated drone? I guess a similar question could be asked about stars awarded in one-off special edition guides, like you see in Japan. Michelin no longer publishes a guide for Austria - the last edition of the Austrian guide wa...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory Austria - Kirchberg - 25-09-2015


Akelarre in San Sebastian, Spain - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 98. In 1976 the Spanish magazine "Club de Gourmets" organised a round table discussion for which they invited Paul Bocuse as a speaker among others. Attending this round table were Basque chefs Pedro Subijana (b.1948) who had just become Chef de Cuisine at Restaurante Akelarre ("Akelarre") in 1975, and Juan Mari Arzak of restaurant Arzak. Paul Bocuse's talk on "Nouvelle Cuisine" turned out to be so in...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsSpain - 21-09-2015


Follow that chef! - a list of all British and Irish Michelin starred chefs and restaurants on Twitter

This is a list (7th edition) of all British and Irish Michelin starred chefs/restaurants currently on Twitter, based on the 2016 Michelin guide for Great Britain and Ireland, which features 169 Michelin starred restaurants. In cases where the head chef doesn't have a personal Twitter account I have mentioned the restaurant or hotel account, if available. I do realise of course tha...
Category: Michelin, - 18 comments - 17-09-2015


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 world fame and to p...
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) - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 95. Note: Manresa was awarded a 3rd Michelin star in the 2016 San Francisco & Bay Area Guide 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...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: U.S.A.3 stars - 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 returned to...
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


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


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


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 ...
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


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