London’s Top Ten Best Michelin Restaurants By Cuisine

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London, the cuisine capital of the UK, is indeed spoilt for choice when it comes to Michelin-starred dining, with nearly 50 top-class establishments to choose from. So to help focus your fine dining attention, we have put together a list of the best restaurants in London.Nearly half of London’s Michelin-starred restaurants have a major French influence but we’ve stuck to one entry per food style. This has meant some stunning restaurants haven’t made the list (Gordon Ramsay’s three-star for instance).  But there are still many choices from household names like MasterChef-star, Michel Roux Jr, and plenty of chef’s stepping out of the shadow of their more famous counterparts, like Ashley Palmer-Watts at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. The London top restaurant scene continues to get better and better as each chef strives to be the best. So with this “entree” out of the way, it is time to head straight to the main course and our flavoursome top ten:

French

Le Gavroche

A venerable, fine-dining institution, still setting the classic standards in London

Red Mullet

Two Michelin Stars

About

Opened by the legendary Roux brothers, Michel and Albert, and now transformed in the hands of Michel Roux Jnr, this was the first UK restaurant to be awarded one, two and three Michelin stars. Still influential after decades at the forefront of UK cooking, Le Gavroche is revered for the sheer brilliance of the food and its exceptional service; placing customers on a pedestal. Prepare to be wowed.

Style of cuisine:

Classic French: with a modern twist and lighter touch.

Michel Roux JrHead Chef

– Michel Roux Jr:

“My aim at Le Gavroche is to achieve the highest possible quality, not just with the food for which we are renowned, but in every aspect of the dining experience.”

Signature Dish:
The Soufflé Suissesse (Cheese souffle cooked in double cream)

Address: 43 Upper Brook Street, Mayfair, W1K 7QR
Phone number: 020 7408 0881
 

Contemporary French

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

The last word in elegance; experience a prestigious restaurant which continues to astound.

Langoustines

Three Michelin Stars

About

This is luxury dining on an epic scale. Boasting arguably the smartest address in town, the Dorchester’s elegant dining rooms, include the ethereal, Table Lumière which is surrounded by 4,500 shimmering optics. Awarded three stars in 2010, Executive chef Jocelyn Herland has continued founding Chef Alain Ducasse’s philosophy, which is to make seasonal ingredients the star of the show. “Each good product, grown with love and respect, in its distinctive land, has an incomparable flavour. Without which, a chef is nothing.” Alain Ducasse

Style of cuisine

A contemporary, creative and refined take on classic French cuisine.

Head Chef

Jocelyn Herland –

“The spirit of the cuisine of Mr Ducasse is lots of good flavours and a lot of punch. You want to please your guests. If you are on this way, you are on the good way.”

Signature Dish:

The Langoustines five ways or Fillet of Angus beef and seared foie gras Rossini

Address: 53 Park Lane, Mayfair, W1K 1QA
Phone number: 020-7629-8866

Modern European

The Ledbury

The critics’ darling; The Ledbury’s modern cooking has made this one of the hottest reservations in London.

Dessert at The Ledbury

Two Michelin Stars

About

It might take two months to get a table, but it is well worth the wait. Expect top-notch food in a relaxed setting. The focus here is on the incredible dishes, served with exquisite style and presentation, and a crucial focus on making diners feel welcome before wowing them with exceptional seasonal cooking. Head chef, Brett Graham’s, culinary skills and flare have seen this restaurant heaped with, well deserved, plaudits.

Style of cuisine

Contemporary French meets the best of British produce, particularly game, to create seasonal food of the highest quality.

Brett Graham - Head Chef

Head Chef

Brett Graham –

“The focus is on the guest. We work hard to provide an all-round dining experience.”

Signature Dish:

Flame grilled mackerel, with pickled cucumber, Celtic mustard and shiso

Address: 127 Ledbury Road, Notting Hill, W11 2AQ
Phone number: 020 7792 9090

International

Tom Aikens Restaurant

A new informal direction in culinary excellence and contemporary dining

Tom Aikens Food

One Michelin Star

About

Internationally renowned chef, Tom Aikens, reopened his Chelsea restaurant in January 2012, with a more informal approach to fine dining. Although the ambience is relaxed, this remains a critically-acclaimed and classy establishment. The restaurant prides itself on the ethos of only serving the highest quality, ethically sourced ingredients.

Style of cuisine

Showcasing the finest seasonal ingredients from the British Isles; influenced by modern French cooking and innovative international flavours.

Tom Aikens

Head Chef

Tom Aikens –

“The experience begins in the understated surroundings, with just a linen napkin and a glass. From there it builds up and unfolds, like a story: excitement and surprise as each course arrives.’’

Signature Dish:

Housemade ricotta with green olive juice, honey jelly and pine nuts

Address: 43 Elystan Street, London, SW3 3NT
Phone number: 020 7584 2003

Japanese

Umu

Redefining and modernising the Japanese dining experience in the UK

Wild Scottish Lobster Bisque

One Michelin Star

About

The name Umu, meaning “born of nature”, comes from executive chef Yoshinori Ishii’s philosophy of using only the best and freshest local ingredients. Although regarded by many as one of London’s most expensive dining experiences, this is the only Kyoto-influenced restaurant in the UK, so be prepared for a unique and artistic take on the fine-dining experience, sake sommelier included.

Style of cuisine

Modern Japanese cooking, which focuses on the highest quality and freshest ingredients, to produce exquisite dishes including stunning sushi and sashimi?

Yoshi Ishii

Head Chef

Yoshinori Ishii –

“Service above all must be good. We should make the customer feel relaxed and comfortable. The chef only takes care of the food; he must rely on others to make the meal good.”

Signature Dish:

Their Kaiseki – traditional Japanese tasting menu

Address: 14 – 16 Bruton Place, Mayfair, W1J 6LX
Phone number: 020 7499 8881

British

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

A celebration of historical British cuisine with a modern and innovative twist

Tipsy cake

One Michelin Star

About

Only Heston Blumenthal could create such a novel approach to fine dining; reinventing British gastronomy from as far back as Tudor times. In tandem with head chef, Ashley Palmer-Watts, the menu is packed full of culinary surprises. From Meat Fruit (a popular middle-ages illusion food) to Frumenty (c1390) and Tipsy cake (1810). The stunning restaurant interior by Tihany Design, coupled with the splendour of its Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park setting, makes this an experience to savour.

Style of cuisine

British food with a contemporary twist; this is flavourful, gusty fare.

Ashley Palmer-Watts

Head Chef

Ashley Palmer-Watts –

“The aim is to create a modern, simple, produce-driven menu in a relaxed yet trendy environment.”

Signature Dish:

Spiced Pigeon (c1780) with ale & artichokes

Address: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7LA
Phone number: 020 7201 3833

Scandinavian

Texture

A modern European restaurant and champagne bar with Nordic influences

Sweet treat at Texture ©John Carey

One Michelin Star

About

Scandinavian culture has never been more popular, and Agnar Sverrisson’s complex and innovative restaurant ensures the Nordic vibe will also captivate the fine dining market. A protégé of Raymond Blanc, Sverrisson, alongside head sommelier Xavier Rousset, has created a sophisticated and sleek eating experience which has wowed the critics.

Style of cuisine

A creative take on modern European food; with the delicious and fresh twist of Icelandic influences

Head Chef

Agnar Sverrisson –

“I remain loyal to my heritage, combining Icelandic and Scandinavian ingredients with locally sourced British produce.”

Signature Dish:

Icelandic lightly salted cod, with avocado, brandade, squid and chorizo

Address: 34 Portman Street, Marylebone, London, W1H 7BY
Phone number: 020 7224 0028

Indian

Benares

Modern Indian cuisine in a luxurious and contemporary setting

Tandoori Ratan

One Michelin Star

About

You have to be something special to become one of the first Indian chefs to gain a coveted Michelin star, and Atul Kochhar is certainly that. Credited with helping redefine Indian cuisine as a fine dining experience, Kochhar conjures up culinary works of art you won’t find in any local curry house. His Mayfair restaurant boasts dishes sourced and researched from across his homeland, then combined with the best of British ingredients. Enjoying its tenth birthday in 2013, Benares remains at the forefront of Michelin-standard Indian dining.

Style of cuisine

Mouth-wateringly modern Indian cuisine with a uniquely contemporary British twist: for example the incredible Khasta Murgh starter; a chicken tikka pie with wild berry chutney.

Atul Kochhar

Head Chef

Atul Kochhar:

“I combine my heritage with a love of British ingredients to create unique and innovative modern Indian cuisine. I am constantly seeking inspiration through travel and research.”

Signature Dish:

Karara Kekda Aur Lagosta – Crispy soft shell crab, Atul’s signature Peri-Peri Lobster Cocktail, chilli cress.

Address: Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London, W1J 6BS
Phone number: 020 7629 8886

Italian

Locanda Locatelli

A winning fusion of fine dining and classical Italian cooking

Sea Bass with Tomato Crust

One Michelin Star

About

The words fine dining and family-friendly are unlikely bedfellows, but this is the unique atmosphere created at this top-notch restaurant by one of Italy’s top chefs, Giorgio Locatelli. The menu happily follows the traditional Italian format, from amazing antipasti to perfect pasta, right through to their delicious dolci; including the perfect pick-me-up Tiramisu. With a predominantly Italian wine list, carefully selected by Sommelier Virgilio Gennaro, and a retro design by David Collins, this is a real treat for the senses. Famous for its intimacy, family atmosphere and quality of food; Marylebone resident and singing superstar Madonna is reported to be a big local fan.

Style of cuisine

Expect traditional Northern Italian food with an emphasis on the seasonality, and quality, of the ingredients.

Giorgio Locatelli

Head Chef

Giorgio Locatelli –

“For us the sign of welcome is to feed people. At the heart of cooking, whether you are rich or poor is the spirit of conviviality, the pleasure that comes from sharing a meal with others. And there is no enjoyment of food without quality.”

Signature Dish:

‘Risotto ai gamberi di Mazara del Vallo e zucchine’ – Sicilian red prawns and courgette flower risotto

Address:8 Seymour Street, Marylebone, London, W1H 7JZ
Phone number: 020 7935 9088

Chinese

Hakkasan

A true benchmark for the finest Cantonese cuisine in London

Spicy Prawn

One Michelin Star

About

With Hakkasan you have not just one, but two classy restaurants to choose from. The original Hakkasan in Hanway Place set incredibly high-standards in Chinese fine dining, but its Mayfair sister restaurant, a particular favourite with celebrities, definitely does not suffer from second sibling syndrome. Although renowned for its sexy and stylish moody night-club interiors, the glitz and glamour does not take anything away from the pure quality of the food, but instead intensifies the overall experience. This is fine dining with a difference.

Style of cuisine

Complex-flavoured Cantonese dishes, created using a blend of authentic cooking methods, with a heavy dose of Western influences and ingredients. From superb dim sum to grilled Wagyu beef with king soy sauce and Fresh water prawn with spicy salt and dried chilli.

Tong Chee Hwee

Head Chef

Tong Chee Hwee:

“Our aim with Hakkasan was to create something modern but at the same time authentic, taking as our starting point traditional Chinese cuisine, and bringing it right up to date.”

Signature Dish:

Peking duck with Royal Beluga caviar

Address: 8 Hanway Place, Bloomsbury, W1T 1HD (Flagship) & 17 Bruton Street, Mayfair, W1J 6QB
Phone number: 020 7927 7000 (Bloomsbury) 020 7907 1888 (Mayfair)

Hopefully this has whetted your appetite for fine dining in 2014. To delve deeper into the menus or book a restaurant, click on the restaurant name above (handily highlighted in pink) and it will take you straight through to their website. Alternatively you can see what other Michelin-star restaurant deals are available on our website by visiting our fine dining page for the latest offers. We could also love to know what you think. Have we picked the right top-ten? Or is there a restaurant you think we should have included? Let us know by leaving a comment below. Bon appetite!

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Kirsten Beacock

Kirsten is the chief blogger here at lastminute.com. A former newspaper journalist (don’t hold that against her), having taken extensive trips to China, America and Australasia, she is now pouring her passion for travel into writing blogs and features for the lastminute.com website. Arriving in London via exotic Scunthorpe, Kirsten has made it her mission to try out as many pubs and restaurants as she possibly can in the capital.