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Michelin Stars: Top 10 Restaurants In London. After Fluid London, the Michelin Guide is hailed as the most prestigious restaurant guide in the world. What started as a guide to restaurants to have a reliable bite to eat whilst having your car tyres changed, hence the Michelin backing, has evolved into something that makes and breaks careers. The Michelin inspectors, who work within a web of secrecy of which MI6 would be proud, have London boasting a huge number of Michelin stars. With so many stars to choose from, which restaurants are most deserving of a visit?
Gordon Ramsay Restaurant
Chelsea / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: French
Gordon Ramsay has been nigh on impossible to avoid in the media over the past few years, but the 3 starred Restaurant Gordon Ramsey is a reminder of why he rose to fame. This intimate Chelsea dining room provides classic French cuisine, that is some of the finest in London - the jaw-dropping amuse bouche is reason enough to go. Set in a simple but welcoming venue, it's the food that dazzles the eyes and taste buds. The wine list is encyclopaedic; the champagne list alone notches up 60+ entries.
Le Gavroche by Michel Roux jr
Mayfair / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: French
Le Gavroche has continued to set the standards of cooking and service by which other places are judged - it was the first UK restaurant to be awarded one, two then three Michelin Stars, and was the first Michelin rated restaurant to offer a set-price lunch. Le Gavroche maintains the very highest of standards. The restaurant can feed sixty people at once, with the largest table seating 10 people, and there is a sense of unremitting concentration and effortless attention to the needs of the clients, who are immediately made to feel at home by the award winning maitre'd, Silvano Giraldin and his team.
Ametsa with Arzak Instruction
Belgravia / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: Spanish
Having been awarded its first Michelin star, The Halkin hotel?s restaurant Ametsa is pairing the earthy flavours and techniques of Spain?s Basque region with modern, surprising twists featuring locally-sourced and organic produce from land and sea. The restaurant?s interior was designed by London-based Ab Rogers Design, taking inspiration from the original Arzak restaurant in San Sebastian, Spain, which holds three Michelin-stars. Ametsa also has a Private Dining Room that can be reserved separately for an intimate gathering of up to 30 guests or in conjunction with the restaurant for a larger function accommodating up to 70.
City of London / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
A unique dining concept, Story offers a nostalgic journey through bold British flavours. Having worked with chefs including Tom Aikens and Rene Redzepi of Noma (voted best restaurant in the world), Tom Sellers crafts tasting menus filled with rich, statement flavours. Designed to evoke a passion for both food and creativity, guests are all invited to leave a book behind when they visit Story restaurant: becoming a part of the story themselves.
St John Bar & Restaurant
City of London / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Modern British
One of the only Michelin starred restaurants in East London, this smoke house conversion sits round the corner from Smithfield Market. St. John has often been credited as the driving force in a revival of classic British food, under the mantra 'nose to tail eating'. I found the signature dish of roast bone marrow and parsley salad amazing, living up to all the hype, especially when accompanied by their awesome bread. This is the place to go for any meat lover, who isn't afraid to try new things.
Hibiscus by Claude Bosi
Mayfair / Restaurant / Cuisine: French
A stone's throw from Oxford Circus in Mayfair, this two Michelin starred restaurant offers French cuisine with a twist - providing a modern take on classics, often using hints from the Orient. The experimental and novel cooking does not simply try to tick the 'wacky' box. Nowhere else could I have dined on Marsala, strawberry and celery salad before moving onto a dessert of new season asparagus tart with buttermilk sorbet. Hibiscus doesn't follow the status quo, and with delectable results.
Benares by Atul Kochhar
Mayfair / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Indian
Atul Kochar's Indian restaurant in Mayfair has held a star since 2007. Black walls & stunning lighting create a mesmerizing space. The cocktails I started with were an indication of things was to come, combining East & West with surprising results. I found the food exquisite, delicately infused with strong Eastern flavours. The vibrant sauces & marinades draw amazement, interacting beautifully on outlandish plates & slates. Benares is somewhere to experience a memorable, sexy taste of the East.
Galvin at Windows
Mayfair / Bar / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: French
Situated in the heart of Mayfair and overlooking Hyde Park, the Hilton is a luxurious hotel with over 250 rooms. Positioned centrally it's perfect for London's famous attractions and sights. Perhaps even more impressive from Windows is London by night - an awesome kaleidoscope of city lights. If you're looking for a special place to treat your loved one or friends, Windows Bar has got to rank up there as one of the top venues to choose from.
Soho / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: European
Arbutus has made a swift but lasting impression on London, quickly picking up a Michelin star. Sat in the heart of Soho, this restaurant provides a generous array of modern European cuisine. Often credited with being the cheapest Michelin recognised option in London - it is a mystery how the pre/post theatre menu brought me such pleasure whilst only making the smallest of indentations on my consistently slim wallet. This unassuming restaurant is especially liked for its excellent wine list.
Mayfair / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Indian
Holding onto its Michelin star for a third consecutive year, Tamarind has been voted by fellow restauranteurs in - Hotel & Restaurant Magazine's 2003 Awards - as 'Indian Restaurant of the Year'. Featuring an eclectic array of dishes centred around the native tandoor ovens in which breads, meats, game, fish and shellfish are cooked in the North West Indian style, Tamarind continues to explore the sub-continent.
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