Foodies prepare to salivate: 2018’s Michelin Guide has been revealed, with a spate of Michelin stars awarded to some of the best restaurants – old and new – in London. From sushi bars to fanciful French fare, these are the newest Michelin-starred restaurants worth forking out for…
Seafood lovers can take their pick from two Michelin-worthy menus at Bibendum’s famous Chelsea outpost: the first from the ground floor’s seafood and oyster bar; and the second, upstairs in two-Michelin-star chef Claude Bosi’s revered fine dining space. He won two Michelin stars for the site, entering it into an exclusive club of just nine restaurants in the capital. Head downstairs for fruits de mer sharing platters (fresh lobsters take centre stage), or book upstairs for a more formal affair – be sure to order Claude’s indulgent lobster bisque, it’s divine.
81 Fulham Road, Fulham, SW3 6RD
Set inside in the newly developed St James’s Market, Aquavit’s stylish Nordic restaurant (which has just been awarded its first Michelin star) is the perfect setting for a Scandi-themed spread. Start with a smorgasboard of Nordic treats – think gravlax with mustard and dill sauce; smoked eel, charred hispi cabbage; and matjes herring – followed by plates of succulent monkfish with ansjovis; line-caught sea bass in a Sandefjord sauce with leeks and seashore vegetables; and whole-boned trout with almonds, dill and capers, or for the heartier appetite, dig into moreish Swedish meatballs; kroppkakor (potato dumplings) with wild mushrooms and lingonberries; and duck breast with cabbage, smoked tomato and dill.
St. James’s Market, 1 Carlton Street, SW1Y 4QQ
Le Dame de Pic
Bringing a taste of Paris to the heart of London, La Dame de is fine dining at its most supreme. Anne Sophie Pic is the only female French chef to have been awarded three Michelin stars, so there’s every reason to get excited about sampling her award-winning fare here on UK soil. Tucked away in the Four Seasons Hotel at Ten Trinity Square, this extravagant city hangout is the ultimate in stylish gastronomy. Blending the look and feel of a traditional Parisian brasserie with classical English style, architect Bruno Moinard is the brains behind the elaborate interior – think natural wood flooring, ornate carved woodwork, curved leather banquettes and towering columns covered with beveled mirrors. A glamorous setting to sample Sophie’s spectacularly unique cuisine.
Four Seasons Hotel London, 10 Trinity Square, Tower Hill, EC3N 4AJ
Swanky Mayfair haunt Jamavar has just been awarded its first Michelin star for its regional Indian fare. Dishes are served as small plates; delicately spiced, elegantly decorated and brimming with flavour. Look forward to the likes of Malabar prawns – sautéed king prawns cooked in white turmeric, onions and curry leaves; kid goat shami kebab – served with black cardamom, mint chutney and chur chur paratha; tulsi chicken tikka – with sweet basil, pickled radish and raita; and dum nalli biryani – a heady mix of Hampshire lamb with a serving of basmati rice, crispy onions and fresh mint.
8 Mount Street, Mayfair, W1K 2NF
Philip Howard certainly knows a thing or two about collecting culinary accolades – he held two Michelin stars for his Mayfair restaurant, The Square, for over 17 years. Now the revered chef can add another notch to his belt, as his latest venture, Elystan Street, is awarded its first Michelin star. A special destination restaurant that serves a sumptuous menu of chic, modern European fare, flavoursome infusions include parfait of duck livers with camomile jelly, fig chutney and sourdough toast; La Latteria burrata with black figs, prosciutto, balsamic vinegar and pine nuts; roast leg of rabbit with creamed polenta, caramelised shallots, olives, rosemary and anchovy; roast cod with lightly curried cauliflower purée and a vinaigrette of golden raisins, capers and lime; and risotto of salmon and tiger prawns with fennel, lemon zest, sea herbs and dill oil.
43 Elystan Street, Chelsea, SW3 3NT
Upgraded from its two-star ranking, Araki – Japanese sushi master Mitsuhiro Araki’s £300 per person 9-seater sushi bar in Mayfair – is now the proud owner of three Michelin stars. A sushi bar, but not as you know it – this tiny, unassuming eatery is so intimate you could be sat at someone’s kitchen counter – with soft, simple wooden finishes to create a serene, pared back space. Chef and proprietor Mitsuhiro Araki prepares and serves the sushi right in front of you – you’ll be treated to an entire evening of culinary theatrics, as you watch the drama unfold with each slice of a glistening knife. His Edomae (Tokyo-style) sushi incorporates European produce, so expect to find dishes on the no-choice set menu to feature buttery grilled yellowtail alongside warm Spanish mackerel and Cornish squid laced with caviar and black truffle over silky tuna tartare.
Unit 4, 12 New Burlington Street London, Mayfair, W1S 3BH
Recently revamped Chelsea hotspot, Vineet Bhatia, is the second Indian restaurant to be awarded a Michelin star this year for its elegant fusion cuisine. Nestled inside an unassuming, stylish townhouse just off the King’s Road, the eponymous chef-restaurateur has created a unique and homely space where he serves up an intricate menu of Indian-influenced cooking. The 11-course ‘Experience’ menu is not to be missed, taking diners to a whole new realm of sensorial feasting. Delights on the menu include delicious prawn chaaat, which comes served in a tiny bell jar with wafts of wood smoke emanating from the lid; jet black Amritsari haddock disguised among black pebbles; or grilled lobster topped with a sauce of coconut, kaffir lime, lemongrass and spongy discs of dhokla finished with a frothy surf of squid ink foam.
10 Lincoln Street, Chelsea, SW3 2TS
Throwing away outdated notions of British Chinese restaurants – you won’t find a gilded dragon or prawn cracker in sight at this slick, modern eatery – Andrew Wong has put a creative new twist on Chinese cooking using only the finest ingredients. Dim sum and street food-inspired snacks can be ordered by the piece, or for the more discerning diner, a ten-course taster menu for £65, which includes everything from barbecued pork jerky to Yunnan seared beef with mint, chilli and lemongrass served with a pulled noodle cracker and truffle, whilst duck fans will delight in the ‘Peking Duck Menu’ – seven indulgent dishes (plus sides) made entirely from a whole-roasted duck.
70 Wilton Road, Victoria, SW1V 1DE