Saturday, 30 September 2017

Michelin

A list of Michelin starred restaurants I covered in my blog. By no means Michelin is the perfect restaurant guide, but still a decent sources when it comes into searching top level dining experience and a guide that is respected by top chefs around the world. (Apart from the HK edition)


* Rating as of 2018 guide

UK

Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester***

Ametsa*

Angler*

A Wong*

Alyn Williams at the Westbury* (2nd visit)

Aquavit*

Barrafina*

Bonhams*

City Social*

Club Gascon* (1st visit)

Club Gascon* (2nd visit)

Claude Bosi at Bibendum**

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal**


Elystan Street*

Fera(1st visit)

Fera(2nd visit)

Fischer's Baslow Hall*


Galvin at Windows(2nd visit)

Galvin at Windows(3rd visit)

Galvin La Chapelle(1st visit)

Galvin La Chapelle(2nd visit)

Galvin La Chapelle(3rd visit)

Galvin La Chapelle(4th visit)

Greenhouse** (2nd visit)

Greenhouse** (3rd 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)

Kitchen Table* (1st visit)

Kitchen Table* (2nd visit)

Kitchen W8(2nd visit)

L' Atelier Joel Robuchon* (2nd visit)

La Dame de Pic* (1st visit)

La Dame de Pic* (2nd visit)

La Trompette*

Le Gavroche** (1st)

Le Gavroche** (2nd)

Lima* (2nd visit)

Lyle's 

Le Champignon Sauvage**

Murano* (2nd visit)

Midsummer House**

Marcus ** (2nd visit)

Marcus ** (3rd visit)

Marcus ** (4th visit)

Nut Tree Inn*

Outlaw's at The Capital*

Petrus*

Pied a Terre* (1st visit)

Pied a Terre* (2nd visit)

Pollen Street Social* (4th visit)

Portland*

Seven Park Place*

Seven Park Place* (2nd visit)

Sketch**
 
Social Eating House* (1st visit)

Social Eating House* (2nd visit)
 
Story*

St John*

The Clove Club* (1st visit)

The Clove Club* (2nd visit)

Trishna* (2nd visit)

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 Square* (3rd and 4th visit)

The River Cafe*

The West House*

The Ninth*

The Five Fields*

Celeste* (1st visit)

Celeste* (2nd visit)


Waterside Inn*** (2nd visit)


Spain

Azurmendi***

Akelare***

Arzak***

Martín Berasategui***

Mina*

Etxanobe*

ABaC**

Dos Palillos*

Lasarte**

Comerc 24*

Sergi Arola**

Ramon Freixa Madrid**

El Club Allard**

Hisop*

Manairo*

Via Veneto


Hofmann*

Nectari*

Restaurante Kokotxa*




Portugal

Alma*

Belcanto**




France

Benoit*

Les Climats*

Le Celadon*

Les Fables de la Fontaine*



Ireland

Chapter One*

Th Greenhouse*

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud**



Hong Kong

Amber**

Bo Innovation***

Pang's Kitchen*

Sun Tung Lok**

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)

Yan Toh Heen**


Kam's Roast Goose*

Ho Hung Kee*

Jardin de Jade*

Zhejiang Heen*

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Waterside Inn

French fine dining, the classic way


Devon crab with langoustine tails, lovage


In the whole of UK, only 4 restaurants have been awarded 3 Michelin stars, and Waterside Inn is one of them. However, Waterside Inn is far more than that. Located in Bray, this 3 starred restaurant has been holding such acclaim for 30 years, which is an amazing achievement and no other restaurants in the UK can rival it. This restaurant is what traditional fine French dining is all about, dining at The Waterside Inn does come at a cost, however, with most dishes costing around the £50 mark, my advice would be go for the 8 course tasting menu, as you would be only paying just a touch more than the standard a la carte option, but with so many more dishes to try. 

Shikumen

Top notch Chinese cooking in The City


King Prawn Curry with Almond Slice


Shikumen, the highly acclaimed Chinese restaurant in Shepherds Bush has long been on my to visit list. The only thing that has been stopping me is due to the western location, but this has all changed with it has launched a new site in Algate, right by the tube station, inside Dorsett City hotel. The restaurant offers a dim sum menu at lunch hours and an a la carte for dinner. What really stood out is its menu is pretty short for a Chinese restaurant, which could actually be a good thing, as the chefs can focus on really refining the dishes and reducing waste. Below are some of the highlights from my two visits.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Gauthier Soho

King of Soho


Scottish scallop, chorozo, squid, marrow


For the 6th time, I headed back to Gauthier Soho for a lengthy tasting menu affair. Located in the heart of Soho, this fine French restaurant is full of charm and renowned for its modern French cooking whilst maintaining a touch of classic element. Unlike many other high end French restaurants, it is well priced with one of the best lunch deal in town, £45 for 3 courses, a glass of bubbles and 2 glasses of wine.  Come for dinner, its low light setting, small but well spread out space make it ideal for impressing a date, not to mention its 8 course tasting menu is simply a patch to food heaven. The below are some of the highlights from the dinner tasting menu.

Le Relais de Venise

Steak-frites combo at its best


Steak frites

Le Relais de Venise is a mini French restaurant chain spreading across London that came from France. It is now a global presence business with sites across France, UK, US and Mexico. The restaurant is renowned with its single menu item, a starter of salad and a plate of steak and frites, at £24 per person. The only choice you have is for the dessert course (which you need to pay extra for). In a way, it is a little bit similar to Flat Iron's £10 steak concept. The house "Porte Maillot" steak, aka a piece of tender sirloin steak that came with a special sauce was simply a pure sensation. The secret recipe contained butter, parsley and anchovies, which offered bags of rich and creamy flavours to the steak, and was perfect to dip in with the crispy fries. Also special shout out to the wine selection, well priced with some bottles costing under £15 but at a fine quality at the same time. This is an amazing value for money steak joint, with charming and classy service. Perfect for any steak lovers.

One O One

Seafood fine dining


Cod / Red Prawn / Paimpol Coco Beans Cassoulet /
Iberico Chorizo / Piquillo / Parsley

This is my second time dining at One O One restaurant, a fine dining seafood restaurant located in Knightsbridge, inside the Park Tower Hotel. The restaurant is highly regarded with its seafood offering. It has won countless awards including Sunday Time's best UK restaurant award at 13th and 3 AA Rosettes. The cooking style is French in essence with a few creative element in the mix. They use the top quality seafoods such as Cornish seabass and Norwegian king crab, to turn it into something refine and visually tempting. The restaurant has a best kept secret, 50% off for its tasting menu if you book online.