Michelin Guide 2014 | New Stars in London

20th March 2014
En-chia Tsai
cut1 2 Michelin Guide 2014 | New Stars in LondonThe Greenhouse London | Image courtesy of Greenhouse

Michelin Guide for the Main Cities of Europe 2014, which includes results from some of their other guides and also cities that don’t have a guide, has recently been released. In London, two new restaurants- Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and Green House picked up two star rating, and six more restaurants are awarded a one star. In total the Michelin Guide for the Main Cities of Europe 2014 features 66 new one star ratings, 10 new two star ratings and 1 new three star rating. Here are the full lists of new two-starred and one-starred restaurants in London:

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Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

The quirkily named ‘Dinner’ is inspired by historic British gastronomy. Inside the restaurant, the team strived for a feeling of contemporary and innovative, yet mindful of tradition. The dining room features floor-to-ceiling glass walls, giving diners a view of the kitchen and its unique pulley system. The ivory-painted walls are decorated with custom-made porcelain wall sconces in the shape of antique jelly moulds.

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The Greenhouse, Signature Dish | Image Courtesy of Greenhouse

Since 2004, The Greenhouse has held onto its Michelin star status, and continues to win the praise of food critics’ gourmets and wine lovers alike. In Spring 2012 Arnaud Bignon joined The Greenhouse as its new Executive Chef, forming a partnership with Marlon Abela to take The Greenhouse to the pinnacle of excellence and to offer the very best in food and wine to its discerning and loyal clientele. The menus of Greenhouse change seasonally and showcase the highest quality produce available on the market. One of Bignon’s signatures is to create monthly tasting menus which showcase specific produce, for example: shellfish and crustaceans. These menus are seasonal, offering the very best that is available on the market and highlighting Bignon’s creativity.
The restaurant is approached through a serene landscaped garden decorated with stone artworks by British sculptor Emily Young.

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Ametsa Entrance | Image courtesy of Ametsa

Received a Michelin-star within its first year of opening, Ametsa is the destination restaurant of choice to experience exquisite New Basque Cuisine, within the refined setting of The Halkin by the COMO group. Ametsa is a unique collaboration between The Halkin and a team that includes chef Elena Arzak, along with her father Juan Mari Arzak, Mikel Sorazu, Igor Zalakain and Xabier Gutierrez.  Signature dishes on the menu include Del Huevo A La Gallina ‘From Egg to Hen’, Carrillera A La Vainilla ‘Ox Cheek with Vanilla’ and Pichon Con Postas ‘Pigeon with Shot’. The lunch tasting menu is priced at £50 and the dinner tasting menus start from £125 or £160 with wine pairings.

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Angler: Roast brill, ragout of squid, fennel puree, sea purslane | Image courtesy of Angler

Said to be a destination of modern British seafood, Angler was opened in  September 2012 by D&D London. Its Executive Chef Tony Fleming, previously Executive Chef at One Aldwych, has created a sophisticated yet simple menu which focuses on seafood and shellfish from across the British Isles. The menu has been designed as a celebration of Britain’s abundant variety of seafood and changes daily to reflect market availability. Dishes include seared scallops with slow cooked pork and creamed cauliflower; ballotine of London cured smoked salmon with Horseradish, apple and warm blinis; roast brill with brown shrimp, capers, butter and parsley; and Cornish cod with a marinière of mussels and squid, with a basil emulsion.

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Eric Chavot | Image courtesy of Brasserie Chavot

French restaurant Brasserie Chavot in Mayfair just celebrated its 1st anniversary on 12th March 2014. Eric Chavot, the mastermind behind the venture has created a classic French-style brasserie with ingredients sourced from across the British Isles as well as artisan producers from the rural regions of France, handpicking suppliers for crab from the West Country, langoustine from the Outer Hebrides, venison from Ireland, lamb from the Pyrénées and the very finest French charcuterie and cheese. Standout menu includes: Sardines grillées à l’escabèche will feature alongside Gigot de lapin avec boudin noir et pommes (rabbit with black pudding and apple) and Rôti de chevreuil, racines de legumes et jus de réglisse (roast venison with roasted root vegetables and a liquorice jus).These dishes represent the many terroirs of France as well as Eric’s hometown of Arcachon in the South-West.

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Bo London by Alvin Leung

Bo London is the new brainchild of Alvin Leung, the chef who has already won two Michelin stars for Bo Innovation Hong Kong. Leung’s signature ‘Xtreme’ style, which breaks down perceptions of traditional Chinese cooking, was brought to London in December 2012. Diners at Bo London— whether they are in the atmospheric modernistic 32-seat restaurant or the private dining room with the privileged view of the kitchen where the dazzling alchemy occurs— are taken on an exciting adventure in which each dish is both an exquisite piece of art and a complex explosion of flavour.


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Chefs of Outlaw’s | Image courtesy of the Capital

Outlaw’s located in the refurbished restaurant of the Capital Hotel, opened just one year ago by renowned seafood chef Nathan Outlaw, the dining room is one of only two seafood restaurants in London to receive the prestigious award. Head chef Pete Biggs who has worked with Nathan over the past 10 years, focuses on simply prepared, ecologically sound seafood caught predominantly around Cornwall, though sustainable catches will feature from elsewhere UK.

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Tom Sellers | Photo by Ed Tyler

Located on the site of the old Victorian public toilets just a stone throw away from Tower Bridge and Shad Thames, Story was opened in 2013 by young culinary star Tom Seller. The food and menu are inspired by stories, often from Seller’s life or books. Seller describes his food as “British, ingredient-led and steeped in history. Simplistic in idea, yet technical in execution, with a bit of youthful fun thrown into the mix.” Story offers 6 course menu at £60, and 10 course menu at £80.


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Duck, smoked ham, eggs and chips| Image courtesy of Social Eating House

Social Eating House in Soho is an informal and affordable dining experience with a contemporary bistro menu paying homage to the best of British cooking with international influences.  Paul Hood, who has worked alongside Atherton for six years, is heading up the kitchen at Social Eating House, creating a diverse menu. Signature dishes include Ravioli of wild boar bolognaise, peppered hearts and kidney; Flamed cote de pork, beetroot, white polenta, spring onion and savory; Duck, smoked ham, egg and chips; and CLT – crab, lettuce and tomato vinaigrette.  London honey sponge with goats curd ice cream and Lemon curd pies with peppered pastry crumble are among the desserts on offer.  Starters are priced between £6-8 and mains are approximately £12-18.

The of Michelin Guide for the Main Cities of Europe 2014:

Three New Stars
Diverxo – Madrid
Two New Stars
Bon-Bon – Brussels
Akrame – Paris
FACIL – Berlin
Tiger-Gourmetrestaurant – Frankfurt
Funky Gourmet – Athens
Bord’Eau – Amsterdam
Fred – Rotterdam
FG – François Geurds- Rotterdam
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal – London
Greenhouse – London
One New Star
Konstantin Filippou – Vienna
Tian – Vienna
Edvard – Vienna
Vincent – Vienna
The Glorious – Antwerp
L’épicerie du Cirque – Antwerp
Villa Lorraine – Brussels
WY – Brussels
Clou – Copenhagen
Studio at The Standard – Copenhagen
Marchal – Copenhagen
Chef & Sommelier – Helsinki
Ask – Helsinki 
L’Alexandrin – Lyon
Takao Takano – Lyon
La Rémanence – Lyon
1741 – Strasbourg
Ô Saveurs – Toulouse
En Pleine Nature – Toulouse
St-James Paris – Paris
Goust – Paris
La Scène – Paris
Rech – Paris
ES – Paris
Qui plume la Lune – Paris
Jin – Paris
Okuda – Paris
Septime – Paris
Pauly Saal – Berlin
Les Solistes by Pierre Gagnaire – Berlin
5 – cinco by Paco Pérez – Berlin
Le Patron – Cologne
Anna Sgroi – Hamburg
Geisels Werneckhof – Munich
Les Deux – Munich
EssZimmer – Munich
Botrini’s – Athens
Borkonyha Winekitchen – Budapest
All’Oro – Rome
Enoteca la Torre – Rome
Bridges – Amsterdam
Wereldmuseum – Rotterdam
Ylajali – Oslo
Fauna – Oslo
Eleven – Lisbon
Tickets – Barcelona
Gaig – Barcelona
41 Degrees – Barcelona
El Poblet – Valencia
Bhoga – Gothenburg
Oaxen Krog – Stockholm
Operakällaren – Stockholm
Il Lago – Geneva
Le Flacon – Geneva
Bayview – Geneva
Mesa – Zurich
Pavillon – Zurich
Adam’s – Birmingham
Angler – London
Story – London
Social Eating House – London
Outlaw’s at The Capital – London
Brasserie Chavot – London
Ametsa with Arzak Instruction – London
Bo London – London
Lima – London