Michelin stars – two words that are likely to send anyone with a deep appreciation for fine food, into squeals of delight.
These aficionados will also know that the first Michelin guide was imagined in 1900 by a French industrialist, Andre Michelin, who along with his brother wanted to create more demand for cars (ergo more demand for Michelin tyres). Their solution? A Michelin Guide, which not only included maps and a list of where to get your car repaired whilst on a road trip but also a list of restaurants and hotels along popular routes in France. And that, as they say, is how history was made. In 1931, restaurants were rated according to a three star rating – one for a good restaurant, two for excellent cooking, worth a detour and three meaning that the cuisine was worth a special journey. However many stars it has, a visit to a Michelin restaurant in Belgravia is always worth the effort – come and discover a foodie firmament.
Perfection on a plate
A visit to Amaya will make your taste buds glow. This Michelin starred restaurant offers sophisticated grilled Indian cuisine and has been referred to as a totally unconventional fine dining experience. The food is prepared for sharing, served immediately and there are no first or main courses – which means there is more to share. Choose from a dazzling variety of dishes including seafood, poultry, beef and game – there are also lots of vegetarian options too. Watch as your choice of ingredients is marinated with exotic seasonings and then cooked in full view in a hot clay oven, open grill, or searing hot iron plate. If you’re looking for a gourmet adventure, then stop right here – you have arrived. Halkin Arcade, Motcomb Street, London SW1X 8JT. www.amaya.biz
Marcus Belgravia at The Berkeley
A chic adventure
The Berkeley is undoubtedly one of the leading five star hotels in London. Marcus Wareing offers two Michelin-starred dining at his eponymous restaurant along with his chef patrons, Mark and Shauna Froydenlund (the husband and wife team who actually met at Marcus). The order of the day is modern British and everything from the ingredients to the menu have been carefully prepared and considered for the ultimate experience. Dining options are varied and include the opportunity to book the Chef’s Table – where you can get up close to the highest levels of culinary craftsmanship, with a dash of theatre for good measure. Why not treat yourself and someone you love to the Taste Menu – a selection of tantalising British seasonal treats? Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RL www.the-berkeley.co.uk/
Muse marks celebrated chef, Tom Aikens’ return to experience-led fine dining in an intimate 25-cover converted mews house. The menus have been inspired by nostalgia and pivotal moments and people in Tom’s personal life. At the beginning of his career, his father was one of the key reasons he became a chef and with his extensive knowledge of the wine business, he gave Tom a real view of the unending delights of France and its great food heritage – developing his deep love of provenance. Muse works closely with suppliers and farmers who are passionate about their produce – which is translated into the incredible dishes at Muse. 38 Groom Place, Belgravia, London, SW1X 7BA www.musebytomaikens.co.uk/
Petrus by Gordon Ramsay
Set in the heart of Belgravia, Pétrus by Gordon Ramsay is a Michelin starred restaurant serving fine French cuisine. The fresh light dishes are matched by the floor-to-ceiling wine cellar, which sits at the heart of the incredible circular dining room and offers some of the most exquisite wines from around the world, including vintages from its namesake Chateau Pétrus, in Bordeaux. Book a terrace table and savour wonderful dishes like native lobster ravioli and Herdwick lamb, served with morels, wild garlic and marjoram. 1 Kinnerton Street, London SW1X 8EA www.gordonramsayrestaurants.com/petrus/
A memorable experience
The Lanesborough’s Michelin-starred Céleste offers a truly memorable fine dining experience. Set within a richly decorated dining room, naturally illuminated during the day by a domed glass roof while seductively aglow under softly lit chandeliers in the evening, Céleste honours British heritage and provenance with modern European creativity. Céleste’s aim is to take you on a culinary journey of great flavours and food with a real story. Hyde Park Corner, London SW1X 7TA www.oetkercollection.com/hotels/the-lanesborough/restaurants-bars/celeste/