Friday, 1 January 2021

Michelin

A list of Michelin starred restaurants I have covered in my blog. By no means, Michelin is the perfect restaurant guide, but still, a decent source when it comes to searching for top-level dining experience and a guide that is respected by top chefs around the world. 




* Rating as of 2021 guide

UK

Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester***

Angler* (1sit visit)

Angler* (2nd visit)

A Wong*

Behind*

Barrafina* (1st)

Barrafina* (2nd)

Brat* (1st)

Brat* (2nd)

Core** (1st visit)

Core** (2nd visit)

Core*** (3rd visit)

City Social*

Club Gascon* (1st visit)

Club Gascon* (2nd visit)

Claude Bosi at Bibendum*

Claude Bosi at Bibendum** (2nd visit)

Celeste* (1st visit)

Celeste* (2nd visit)



Celeste* (3rd visit)



Dinner by Heston Blumenthal** (2nd)

Elystan Street*

Galvin La Chapelle(1st visit)

Galvin La Chapelle(2nd visit)

Galvin La Chapelle(3rd visit)

Galvin La Chapelle(4th visit)


Harwood Arms* (2nd visit)

Helene Darroze at the Connaught** (3rd visit)


Helene Darroze at the Connaught** (4th visit)

Helene Darroze at the Connaught** (5th visit)

Helene Darroze at the Connaught** (6th visit)

Helene Darroze at the Connaught** (7th visit)

Helene Darroze at the Connaught*** (8th visit)

Hakkasan* (1st visit)

Hakkasan* (2nd visit)

Hide*

Kitchen Table* (1st visit)

Kitchen Table** (2nd visit)

Kitchen Table** (3rd visit)

Kitchen W8(2nd visit)

Kai Mayfair* 1st visit)

Kai Mayfair* (2nd visit)

La Dame de Pic* (1st visit)

La Dame de Pic* (2nd visit)


La Dame de Pic** (3rd visit)

La Trompette*


Le Gavroche** (1st)

Le Gavroche** (2nd)

Le Gavroche** (3rd)

Le Gavroche** (4th)

Lyle's* (1st)

Lyle's* (2nd)

Le Champignon Sauvage*

Murano* (2nd visit)

Midsummer House**

Marcus * (2nd visit)

Marcus * (3rd visit)

Marcus * (4th visit)

Nut Tree Inn*

Nut Tree Inn* (2nd visit)

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay***

Petrus*

Pied a Terre* (1st visit)

Pied a Terre* (2nd visit)

Pollen Street Social* (4th visit)

Portland*

Seven Park Place* (1st visit)

Seven Park Place* (2nd visit)

Sketch (1st visit)**

Sketch (2nd visit)***
 
Story*

St John*

The Clove Club* (1st visit)

The Clove Club* (2nd visit)

The Clove Club* (3rd visit)

Trishna* (2nd visit)



The Five Fields* (3rd visit)

The Coach Marlow*

The Hind Heads*

Waterside Inn*** (2nd visit)

Sabor* (1st visit)

Sabor* (2nd visit)

Sabor* (3rd visit)



Hall of fame

The Ledbury** (2nd visit)

The Ledbury** (3rd visit)

The Ledbury** (4th visit)

The Ledbury** (5th visit)

The Ledbury** (6th visit)

The Ledbury** (7th visit)

The Ledbury** (8th visit)

The Ledbury** (9th visit)

The Ledbury** (10th visit)

The Ledbury** (11th visit)

The Ledbury** (12th visit)

The Ledbury** (13th visit)

The Ledbury** (14th visit)

Greenhouse** (2nd visit)

Greenhouse** (3rd visit)

Greenhouse** (4th visit)


Spain

Azurmendi***

Akelare***

Arzak***

El Celler de Can Roca***

Martín Berasategui***

Martín Berasategui*** (2nd visit)

Mirador de Ulía*

Massana*

Mina*

Etxanobe*

Enigma*

ABaC***

Angle**

Abantal*

Cocina Hermanos Torres**

Dos Palillos*

Lasarte***

Ramon Freixa Madrid**

El Club Allard**

Hisop*

Manairo


Mantua*

Via Veneto


Hofmann*

Nectari*

Restaurante Kokotxa*

Ricard Camarena**

Sucede Restaurante*




Netherlands

Bridges*

Ciel Bleu**

The White Room*

Rijks*

Sinne*

212*



Italy

Borgo San Jacopo*


La Bottega del Buon Caffè*

La Leggenda dei Frati*

Ora d'Aria*

Acquolina*

Enoteca La Torre*

Il Convivio Troiani*




Portugal

Alma**

Belcanto**

The Yeatman**

Casa de Chá da Boa Nova**



Austria

Carpe Diem*

Restaurant Steirereck**



France

Benoit*

Les Climats*

Le Celadon*

Les Fables de la Fontaine*



Ireland

Chapter One*

The Greenhouse**

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud**



Taiwan

Raw**

Mume*




Hong Kong


Amber**

Bo Innovation***

Pang's Kitchen*

Sun Tung Lok**

Imperial Treasure*

Ming Court* (2nd visit)

8 1/2 Otto E Mezzo Bombana***

Lung King Heen***

Shang Palace*

Ah Yat Harbour View*

Tim Ho Wan* (1st visit)

Tim Ho Wan* (2nd visit)

Tate*

Yan Toh Heen**


Kam's Roast Goose(1st visit)

Kam's Roast Goose* (2nd visit)

Yat Lok*

Ho Hung Kee*

Jardin de Jade(1st visit)

Jardin de Jade* (2nd visit)

Zhejiang Heen*

Yat Tung Heen*

Ying Jee Club**

VEA*

Monday, 21 December 2020

Claude Bosi at Bibendum

The height of modern French cuisine in London


Cornish brill, smoked hay, Jerusalem, artichoke, black truffle

Claude Bosi is without a doubt one of the greatest chefs in the UK in the world of fine dining, his modern French cooking is highly technical, full of imagination, and has a unique style that makes his cooking truly stand out. You would find really strange ingredients combinations in his dishes such as foie gras mixing with mango ice cream and having olive oil in a pudding. I personally am a fan of his cooking style as is always good to see chefs pushing the boundaries and coming up with new ideas. His creative French cuisine has landed him 2 Michelin stars wherever he goes. I have been to his old restaurant Hibiscus in Mayfair 5 times before he relocated to the current location at Bibendum, and have eaten at Bibendum when it was launched in 2017. For my first visit, it was more or less a copy and paste of Hibiscus' food style. 3 years on, I was keen to see how it has progressed.

Sunday, 20 December 2020

Sabor

Epic Spanish feast


Seafood rice


I don't really go to that many Spanish restaurants in London, simply because you can get the real deal not far away and is usually so much better and cheaper than anywhere you would find in London. Take Barrafina as an example, while it does has a Michelin star and many would be considered is the best Spanish tapas bar in London, I find it pretty standard and you will find many standard Spanish restaurants that can be just as good, if not better back in Spain. However, there is indeed a special Spanish joint in London for me, aka Sabor. A casual tapas bar and restaurant that offers classic dishes from around Spain.

China Tang

Classic dim sum feast


Lemon Salted Egg Yolk Custard Bun

London is so chaotic right now, we just don't know when we can eat out properly again with the UK government kept changing Covid rule and restriction. For me, while I still got the chance, I was keen to end December with a few classic revisit to round off such an unusual and somewhat sad year to cheer me up. High on my list for Chinese cuisine is, of course, China Tang within The Dorchester Hotel. The classic Cantonese fine dining restaurant is all about old school Chinese food but done in a masterful manner, the dim sum menu at China Tang is not near as big as other traditional Chinese restaurants in London, with some monthly specials based on what prime ingredients are available for the season. 

Sunday, 13 December 2020

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

Gordon's flagship


Lobster, langoustine ravoli, truffle

The name Gordon Ramsay doesn't require any introduction, the world most famous Michelin starred chef has a restaurant empire spreading across the world, and his most important, landmark restaurant is without a doubt Restaurant Gordon Ramsay located in Chelsea, London. This flagship site has held 3 Michelin stars for over 10 years, and these days is headed up by Matt Abe, who has recently becoming chef-patron. I rarely dine at a Ramsay restaurant, and this is the second time after a dinner at the single Michelin starred Petrus which is not too far away, and I found it pretty dated and lacked excitement. For my dinner at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, I opted for the prestige tasting menu, which contains a selection of Gordon's signature dishes that helped him reaching that 3 stars status, so pretty the greatest hits of his.