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For more than 100 years, the Michelin star has been the restaurant industry’s top honor. For a chef, receiving this accolade means that you’ve made it. For a city, having a collection of Michelin-star restaurants means that you are a destination worth visiting.
With that, we’d say London has quite a few reasons to celebrate in 2016. As revealed in the latest Michelin guide, London has gained seven new stars as Michelin, bringing the city’s number of star-rated restaurants up to an impressive 63.
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester was among two restaurants earning the prestigious award of 3 Michelin stars. Known for serving the finest contemporary French cuisine in all of London, the menu here puts the focus on seasonal ingredients, with simple but elegant dishes like sautéed gourmand of lobster and truffled chicken quenelles; veal; Anjou pigeon; and beef Rossini.
With the help of Chef Yoshinori Ishii, Umu, a Japanese restaurant in Mayfair, joined the two-star club this year (up from a single star last year), with Michelin tweeting that“chef Yoshinori Ishii has taken the food to a new level.” The menu here is full of Kyoto influenced fair, including Nimonowan, a clear soup, simmered with NamaYasai farm turnip and Japanese Wagyu beef; and Cured Cornish sardine served with Yamai yam purée and Sudachi jelly.
At the other end of the spectrum, the restaurant at The Goring hotel won its first Michelin star after a recent refurbishment and relaunch.
Read more for a comprehensive list of London’s one, two and three star restaurants, and view them on Michelin’s map.