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Frantzen in Stockholm - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 100. Frantzén originally started out as a collaboration between chef Björn Frantzén and his business partner and pastry chef Daniel Lindeberg in 2008, when they established restaurant Frantzén/Lindeberg in Gamla Stan, the old town of Stockholm. The restaurant experienced early acclaim from Michelin, collecting a Michelin star the following year. Perhaps no surprise, because ...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsSweden - 16-06-2018
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Maison Troisgros in Ouches - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 89. Maison Troisgros ("Troisgros") is a 4th generation family-run hotel and restaurant, originally established in Roanne, France, but since early 2017 relocated to a rather spectacular new, 17-hectare "domaine" in Ouches. The first few glimpses of this new location in the Loire countryside were shown in the Chef's Table France's Troisgros episode, a Netflix series that wa...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsFrance - 22-01-2018
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Atelier in Munich - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 98. Note: in November 2017 it was announced that Atelier was awarded 3 Michelin stars in the 2018 Michelin guide to Germany Atelier is the fine dining restaurant of Munich's luxury five-star Hotel Bayerischer Hof, recently making the news because of the high-profile 53rd Munich Security Conference that was held at the hotel. Executive chef of Atelier since 2014 is Jan Hartwig (b. 1982). Hartwig...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: Germany3 stars - 26-03-2017
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Lasarte in Barcelona - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 92. In the latest edition of the Michelin guide for Spain and Portugal, Restaurante Lasarte ("Lasarte") in Barcelona was awarded three Michelin stars, taking the total number of three-star restaurants in Spain to nine. Lasarte, part of the Martin Berasategui restaurant group, opened its doors in 2006. Chef de Cuisine at Lasarte is Paolo Casagrande (b. 1979), who has worked together with Mari...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsSpain - 21-03-2017
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 owners. In...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsSwitzerland - 24-03-2016
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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
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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
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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. Durin...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsUK - 25-11-2015
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in London - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 96. London SW3 4HP, 68 Royal Hospital Road, is an address that has been associated with haute cuisine for almost four decades now. First it was the home of Pierre Koffmann's famed three-star restaurant La Tante Claire from 1977 till 1998, when Gordon Ramsay established his first solo restaurant here, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. The restaurant was awarded three Michelin stars within three years after...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsUK - 19-02-2015
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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
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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. Be...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: The Netherlands3 stars - 19-01-2015
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Amador in Mannheim, Germany - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 97. Note: Amador closed in May 2015. Chef Juan Amador is planning to open a new venture in the near future. 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 t...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsGermany - 24-06-2014
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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-...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsGermany - 13-06-2014
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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
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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
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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 lu...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsSpain - 13-05-2014
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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
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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...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsSpain - 16-04-2014
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Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 96. The first time I heard of Italian chef Massimo Bottura was in 2006, when he appeared in Heston Blumenthal's "In Search For Perfection" series. In that particular episode, Heston was on a mission to create the perfect Spag Bol. After some research in Bologna, Heston ended up at in the test kitchen of the then two-star restaurant Osteria Francescana in Modena, were Massimo Bottura...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: Italy3 stars - 13-01-2014
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The Fat Duck Christmas Lunch 2013

At The Fat Duck, operation "Christmas Lunch 2013" was a very serious and passionate affair. The Fat Duck is of course world famous for its carefully designed, elaborate and entertaining, 12-course tasting menu, and they wanted the Christmas lunch menu 2013 to be at least its equal and perhaps even to surpass it. Hence, preparations for this year's Christ...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsUK - 15-12-2013
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Schloss Schauenstein in Furstenau, Switzerland (3 Michelin stars)

Rating: 100. Schloss Schauenstein, located in the Domleschg valley in the canton of Graubünden (Grisons) in Switzerland, is the name of the alpine castle which houses Andreas Caminada's eponymous 3-star restaurant. The castle, which was first mentioned in official documents back in 1257, also houses six luxury hotel rooms. Schauenstein is about a 90 minute drive from Zürich Airport and some 15 mi...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: Switzerland3 stars - 01-12-2013
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La Cote Saint Jacques in Joigny, France (3 Michelin stars)

Rating: 96. La Côte Saint Jacques is a third generation family restaurant, located on the banks of the Yonne river in Joigny, Burgundy and it has been a Relais & Chateaux member since 1977. The building in which the restaurant is located also houses 32 rooms and suites, a boutique and a spa. The restaurant was originally established as an inn in 1945 by Marie Lorain, current chef-patron Jean Michel ...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsFrance - 24-11-2013
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Astrance in Paris - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 99. Sometimes when you look at Twitter, you would think Paris only has two three-star restaurants: Alain Passard's l'Arpège and Pascal Barbot's Astrance. Paris has 10 three-star restaurants in total, but l'Arpège and Astrance seem to be at the top of many wish lists; Astrance surely was on mine. In my experience l'Arpège is not that difficult to ...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: France3 stars - 27-10-2013
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Restaurant Überfahrt in Rottach-Egern, Germany - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 97. Note: Restaurant Überfahrt was awarded a third Michelin star in 2014 Michelin guide Germany. Restaurant Überfahrt in Rottach-Egern is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year. The restaurant is housed in Seehotel Überfahrt on the shores of the Tegernsee, a beautiful lake situated some 50 kilometers south of Munich. The hotel is part of the German Althoff Group, a group that&nb...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: Germany3 stars - 28-09-2013
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Le Pré Catelan, Paris - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 98. With a surface area of approximately 3,266 square miles, the Bois de Boulogne in the 16th arrondissement in Paris is one of the largest public parcs in Europe. The famous Roland Garros tennis court is located on the edge of the 'bois'. Right in the middle, in the Pré Catelan gardens, is a rather splendid pavillion, dating back to the time of Napoleon III, in whic...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsFrance - 19-09-2013
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l'Arpège in Paris - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 99. It needs no saying that Alain Passard is one of the greatest, active French chefs. If there is such a thing as a "Big Five" in French gastronomy, Passard certainly belongs in it, together perhaps with the likes of Alain Ducasse and Pierre Gagnaire, Michel Troisgros and Guy Savoy? He was widely regarded as the best rôtisseur in France (and, by consequence, in French eyes a...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsFrance - 02-07-2013
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Aqua in Wolfsburg - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 98. Its location is somewhat unusual to say the least: Volkswagen Autostadt in Wolfsburg, Germany. Autostadt is a 70 acre theme park right next to the Volkswagen factory and it attracts over 2 million visitors a year. Eight pavilions represent the brands under the umbrella of the Volkswagen AG, such as Audi, Seat, Porsche, Lamborghini and obviously Volkswagen itself. You can also p...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsGermany - 14-06-2013
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Guy Savoy in Paris - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 99. Guy Savoy (1953) is not a child prodigy. His rise to culinary fame has been gradual and he was almost fifty years old when Michelin bestowed on him the honour of a third star. After training at Le Lion d'Or in Genève, Troisgros in Roanne, Lasserre in Paris and L'Oasis in La Napoule, he opened his eponymous restaurant in the Rue Duret in Paris in 1980. Here, he received his first sta...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsFrance - 09-06-2013
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La Belle Epoque in Travemünde - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 97. Note: Chef Kevin Fehling has left La Belle Epoque and will open his own restaurant called The Table in Hamburg in August 2015. It may well have been a Gillardeau oyster with Eisbein (ham hock), served with parsley, sauerkraut and horseradish that got restaurant La Belle Epoque in Travemünde its third star in the 2013 Michelin guide for Germany. Chief-editor Ralf Flinkenflügel said abo...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: Germany3 stars - 05-06-2013
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Vendôme in Bergisch-Gladbach - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 93. When you look at German two and three-star restaurants, it's safe to say that the majority of them are housed in hotels. Vendôme restaurant is located in the very grand and stately Schloss Bensberg in Bergisch-Gladbach. The Schloss was originally built as a 'Rhenish Versailles' for Elector Palatine Johann Wihelm II's second wife, Anna Maria Luisa de'Medici. Unfortuna...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: Germany3 stars - 25-04-2013
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Victor's Gourmet-Restaurant Schloss Berg - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 99. Perl-Nennig is not close to anywhere. Some might say it is close to Trier, Luxembourg or even Strasbourg but in reality it is not. The village of Perl is located on the German bank of the Luxembourg Moselle and it has very little to say for itself. Perl-Nennig boasts the customary remains of a Roman villa with floor mosaics and the ruins of some or other Schloss (strictly for rubble-lovers...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsGermany - 27-03-2013
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Waldhotel Sonnora in Wittlich - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 95. Germany currently has no fewer than 10 restaurants with three Michelin stars. Recently there's been much talk about "the rise of German cuisine" but those who are in this conversation seem to forget that German gastronomy has been world-class for decades and that Germany is a foodie destination that has been overlooked for many years. With 27 three-star restaurants, France is cl...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: Germany3 stars - 22-03-2013
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De Librije - 3 Michelin stars (2013 review)

Rating: 100. In 2013 husband and wife team Jonnie and Thérèse Boer celebrate their 20 years at De Librije restaurant in Zwolle. These 20 years have been quite a journey, a journey that has taken them to the very pinnacle of haute cuisine in the Netherlands and arguably in Europe. The year after Jonnie and Thérèse Boer had taken over De Librije, the restaurant was...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsThe Netherlands - 04-03-2013
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The Fat Duck Christmas Lunch 2012

From the Fat Duck Christmas menu: The chefs prepared for me ..... 12 children chewing, 11 candles glowing, 10 eggs-a-scrambling, 9 grapes-a-baubling, 8 apples pressing, 7 partridges pearing, 6 turbot tanning, 5 gold, frankincense and myrrh, 4 snails porridging, 3 lollies licking, 2 pine cones poached ..... and a Heston on a Christmas tree. Last month, The Fat Duck in Bray announed that for th...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: UK3 stars - 19-12-2012
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El Celler de Can Roca - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 98. Is there life without a water bath? For most modern top chefs, the answer would probably be a resounding "No". Sous vide cooking has become totally "de rigueur" in the last decade and in the hands of a competent chef the results of cooking food in the Roner (the state-of-the-art water bath with moving water and exact temperature control) are usually quite wonderful. The Ro...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: Spain3 stars - 08-11-2012
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Auberge de l'Ill, three Michelin stars in Illhaeusern

Rating: 96. Some Michelin-starred restaurants in France are true family businesses. Auberge de l'Il in the charming village of Illhaeusern is one of them. It is a 4th generation restaurant that has been run by the Haeberlin family for 130 years. The restaurant was established as a country inn called l'Arbre Vert in 1882 by the current patron Marc Haeberlin's great-grandparents. The original i...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsFrance - 08-10-2012
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Maison Pic, three Michelin stars in Valence

Rating: 96. Just like the iconic three-star restaurants Georges Blanc, Maison Troisgros and Paul Bocuse do in their respective communes, Maison Pic prominently takes its time-honoured place in the town of Valence. Maison Pic is a family run hotel and restaurant and Anne-Sophie Pic is already the fourth generation of this family to be the executive chef at the restaurant. Anne-Sophie's great-gran...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsFrance - 29-08-2012
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Maison Troisgros in Roanne, 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 99. A few days before my visit to Maison Troisgros I read an interview with Giles Coren (the London Times' food critic) in the UK newspaper Metro. Coren was interviewed about his new book "How to Eat Out". One of the questions of the interviewer was: "What are three great myths about eating out?" Giles Coren answered as follows: "1. That the waiters spit in ...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsFrance - 24-07-2012
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Georges Blanc in Vonnas - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 95. Georges Blanc is a family restaurant in the pretty village of Vonnas, that has held three Michelin stars since 1981. The restaurant started out as an inn in 1872 and after three generations of female chefs, Georges Blanc is the first male chef to be at the helm of the Blancs' kitchens. Georges Blanc took over from his mother Paulette in 1968. Under the reign of Georges Blanc's legendary gr...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsFrance - 22-07-2012
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Flocons de Sel - France's new three-star restaurant

Rating: 98. France currently has 26 three-star restaurants. The latest addition to the list (in the 2012 guide) was Emmanuel Renaut's Flocons de Sel in Mégève in the French Alps. Emmanuel Renaut has trained in some of the best kitchens in Europe. After some time at Le Crillon in Paris he started working for the world-famous three-star chef Marc Veyrat at his restaurant Auberge de l'Erida...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsFrance - 16-07-2012
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Pierre Gagnaire in Paris - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 100. With restaurants in Paris, London, Dubai, Las Vegas, Tokyo, Moscow, Hong Kong and Seoel, Pierre Gagnaire's cuisine is present all around the world but obviously he's still most famous for his eponymous restaurant in Paris. His success story didn't start in Paris however. It was in Saint-Étienne that Pierre Gagnaire was awarded three Michelin stars in 1993. A few years ...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsFrance - 14-07-2012
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Alain Ducasse at The Plaza Athenée - the Midas touch

Rating: 89. Alain Ducasse is a living legend. He is the only chef ever to have had three Michelin stars at three different restaurants in three different cities - at the same time. He achieved this unique accolade for the first time in 2005 when the then Alain Ducasse at the (Jumeirah) Essex House in New York was awarded three stars in the first Michelin guide for New York. After this restaurant had...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: France3 stars - 01-07-2012
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Epicure by Eric Frechon at Le Bristol - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 98. During his presidency, Nicolas Sarkozy counted Epicure restaurant (Epicure) at Hotel Le Bristol in Paris among his favourite haunts. Conveniently, the hotel is just a stone's throw away from the Elysee palace in the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore in the 8th arrondisement. Le Bristol is part of the Oetker hotel collection and the hotel and restaurant have re-emerged not long ago after an ...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: France3 stars - 28-06-2012
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Paul Bocuse - La Grande Cuisine

Rating: 96. The Bocuses had been chefs in Collonges-au-Mont-d'Or since 1765 when Georges Bocuse sent his son Paul to be apprenticed at Claude Maret's Restaurant de la Soierie in Lyon in 1942. After the war, Paul continued his training at La Mère Brazier (*** at the time since 1933), La Pyramide and Lucas Carton. In 1959 he took the reigns at the family's restaurant, then named l'Au...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsFrance - 17-06-2012
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Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road - 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 96. Gordon Ramsay owns restaurants in the UK, Ireland, USA, Japan, France and Italy. Just this week the latest addition to his restaurant group, Gordon Ramsay Steak, opened in Las Vegas and two new restaurants in Qatar are scheduled to open later this month. A new Los Angeles restaurant called The Fat Cow is set to open this summer. In 2007 and 2009 Gordon Ramsay was awarded no less than 12 Micheli...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: UK3 stars - 14-05-2012
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l'Arnsbourg, 3 Michelin stars

Rating: 96. Note: Chef Jean-Georges Klein has left l'Arnsbourgh in 2014 and is set to open a new restaurant at Villa René Lalique in Alsace in September 2015. Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey, that is Michelin's description of a three-star restaurant. Where some three-star restaurants are bang in the middle of a city, a lot of them aren't. In some cases a speci...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: France3 stars - 06-05-2012
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Oud Sluis - High Art in Zeeland Flanders

Rating: 100. Note: In June 2013 it was announced that Sergio Herman will close Oud Sluis permanently in December 2013. Oud Sluis is a third generation restaurant in the market town of Sluis in Zeeland Flanders, which is located in the Netherlands very close to the border with Belgium. Sergio Herman took over the restaurant from his father Ronnie in 1991. Sergio Herman obviously trained in his fath...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsThe Netherlands - 18-03-2012
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Hof van Cleve in Kruishoutem - three Michelin stars in Belgium

Rating: 96. Peter Goossens, the patron-cuisinier at Hof van Cleve in Kruishoutem, is often referred to as one of the godfathers of modern Belgian cuisine and he is one of Belgium's most respected chefs. After his education at a Belgian catering college Peter Goossens spent several years in France were he trained in e.g. the Paris kitchens of Le Pré Catalan and Robuchon. When he ...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: Belgium3 stars - 07-03-2012
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The Fat Duck

Rating: 100. Two people, two phones. Hubby and I were both calling the reservation line of The Fat Duck and that's how I got a reservation for the Fat Duck's last service of 2011 on Sunday December the 18th. Yes, even after all those years people still frantically call the Fat Duck on the day when reservation lines open for bookings two months in advance. I really wanted to book a table ...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsUK - 13-01-2012
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Hertog Jan in Bruges - Belgium's new three star restaurant

Rating: 98. It was only last November that Hertog Jan restaurant in Sint-Michiels near Bruges was awarded a third Michelin star, the first restaurant in Belgium to gain a third star since Peter Goossens' Hof van Cleve in 2005. Head-chef of Hertog Jan is 33 year old Gert de Mangeleer, which makes this young Flemish chef one of the youngest three-star chefs in Europe. During his training at restaura...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsBelgium - 02-01-2012
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La Vie in Osnabruck - Germany's new three-star restaurant

Rating: 95. "German Food Far Beyond the Bratwurst", that was the title of my article on German cuisine last year. An article about how German cuisine has rapidly evolved in the last few decades. I wrote that article at the time because there still is a lot of misconception when it comes to German fine dining. Only recently more and more foreigners have started discovering Germany and it...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsGermany - 10-12-2011
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De Librije, three Michelin stars in Zwolle, the Netherlands

Rating: 99. This month Jonnie Boer, executive chef and owner of De Librije restaurant in Zwolle, the Netherlands, celebrated his silver jubilee at De Librije. Jonnie Boer started working at De Librije in 1986. In 1990 he was joined by his wife Thérèse, who has been the sommelier and Maître d' at the restaurant since. Jonnie and Thérèse Boer's journey at...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsThe Netherlands - 26-09-2011
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The New York City series - IV: Thomas Keller's Per Se

Rating: 97. In a few weeks time Europe will have its first taste of the legendary American chef Thomas Keller when he and 14 of his staff will be in London for "The French Laundry at Harrods' 10 day pop-up. Even at a price of £250 a head for lunch or dinner the booking lines were swamped when they opened on September 1st. It must have been the only time ever that one co...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: U.S.A.3 stars - 17-09-2011
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The New York City series - III: Jean Georges

Rating: 98. This month's cover story in Wine Spectator Magazine is 'French Cuisine, American Style'. The story is about French chefs who have made their mark in the US or as Wine Spectator puts it "who have made America more delicious". Much to my surprise one name is conspicuously absent in the line-up: Jean Georges Vongerichten. His last name may sound German but he i...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: U.S.A.3 stars - 08-09-2011
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The New York City series - I: Daniel by Daniel Boulud

Rating: 97. The first time I encountered Daniel Boulud's cooking was in March 2010 during the Rheingau Wein & Gourmet Festival in Germany, an annual two-week food and wine festival with an impressive line-up of German and international chefs. At the 2010 festival Daniel Boulud cooked a stunning 5-course dinner and after dinner I was fortunate enough to meet this charming man. 2010 was also the year wh...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategories: 3 starsU.S.A. - 05-09-2011
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Noble Rot (2015/2016)
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l'Enclume, Cartmel (2015)
Midsummer House (2012/2014)
Hind's Head (2011/2012/2016)
Northcote Manor (2010/2015)
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