Mayfair is famous for many things – glamour, grand buildings and green spaces, to name but a few. But for a certain visitor – the kind of person that puts fine food high in their list of life’s great pleasures – the number one reason why the affluent area is so highly regarded is because of the number of high-quality Mayfair restaurants.
Mayfair is a favourite destination of fine diners and committed foodies, partly because it boasts one of the highest concentrations of restaurants with Michelin stars in the up.
Here’s a quick guide to some Mayfair restaurants that possess a coveted Michelin star:
Again déclassé at the Dorchester, park lane – this restaurant, based in the Dorchester hotel boasts an incredible three Michelin stars, an impressive amount even amongst the high standards set by other Mayfair restaurants.
Benares restaurant and bar, Berkeley square – set in beautiful surroundings; this Indian restaurant has garnered many great reviews and one Michelin star.
Galvan at windows, 22 park lanes – Galvan is notable for its chic 1930s style, amazing views across London and incredible modern French cuisine.
The greenhouse, 27a hays mews – another of the many Mayfair restaurants offering French food, the greenhouse is particularly proud of its wine cellar, and – of course – its Michelin star.
Helene arose at the Connaught, carols place – arose, a famous French chef, and has already won a star for her Paris restaurant. Her authentic cuisine has earned her two stars for this London restaurant.
hibiscus, 65 south Audrey street – though it only opened in Mayfair in 2007, Claude boss’s fabulous restaurant has nonetheless managed to hang on to the two Michelin stars it gained when it was based in Shropshire.
Le caroche, 43 upper brook streets – named after a character from les miserables, le caroche simply oozes classic French style. As one of the most respected and influential Mayfair restaurants, it has more than earned its two stars from the internationally respected French restaurant guide.
Maze, 10-13 Grosvenor square – Gordon ram say’s maze is particularly noteworthy for its stunning interior, designed by David Rockwell – not to mention its great food.
knob Berkeley, 15 Berkeley street – one of the most glamorous of all Mayfair restaurants, knob serves up fine Japanese dishes – including sushi – and managed to bag itself a Michelin star within five months of opening.
Pollen street social, 8-10 Pollen Street – critically acclaimed, Jason Atherton’s eatery mikes up bar-style informality with a fabulously designed restaurant and the first standalone dessert bar in London.
The square, 6-10 brut on street – opened in 1991, the square prides itself on using top-quality seasonal ingredients and creating elegant, fuss-free food. Its standing as one of the best all-round Mayfair restaurants has earned it two Michelin stars.
emu, 14-16 brut on place, Mayfair – plush wooden surroundings grace the visitor to this acclaimed Japanese restaurant, which serves traditional cuisine from the land of the rising sun, with a modern twist that is all its own.
Wild honey, 12 sty George Street – serving up a mixture of French and Mediterranean food, wild honey has not only earned itself a Michelin star, it is also one of the most reasonably priced of all Mayfair restaurants.
Gordon Ramsey has become a cable and primetime cooking show sensation. He goes beyond the normal how to cook type of show and does both competition as well as the rescue of other restaurants in his various TV shows. He has several shows that include the f word, ram say’s kitchen nightmares, ram say’s best restaurant, and hell’s kitchen.
Scottish born Ramsey grew up in Stratford-upon-Avon where he played football while a young teen. Ultimately, his football career was cut short by injuries and fortunately, he had already taken an interest in cooking. He went to school and then worked at various places where his training even took him to the French Alps and a private yacht from Bermuda. When he returned to London, he became head chef for one of his mentor’s business partners gaining a share in the business along with the position.
Gordon started his own restaurant in 1998 called restaurant Gordon Ramsey which went on to win a third Michelin star by 2001 making him the first Scotsman to make such an accomplishment. He quickly developed a cooking empire with several restaurants eventually even expanding outside of the up. In fact, he opened his Gordon Ramsey at the London in New York City even winning the saga guide award for it. Over his career, he has gained many awards including independent restaurateur of the year, Michelin stars, and cagey awards.
Ram say’s television career took off in 2004 through ram say’s kitchen nightmares and hell’s kitchen on British television. Kitchen nightmares take Ramsey to a restaurant about to fold where he helps them turn around their problems. Hell’s kitchen is a competition where Ramsey puts competitors through a gruelling process of learning to run a kitchen. Both shows have been very successful. Other shows have developed over time including Gordon’s visit to India in Gordon’s great escape, master chef, and his f word. He’s also made many guest appearances in other TV shows like big brother, top gear, and American idol.
One of the things that keep ram say’s shows interesting is his in your face personality. He has a long reputation for his temper and use of foul language. He even once ejected a food critic from one of his restaurants when he felt personally insulted and he is notorious for rants with his staff. His antics and criticism is what makes him famous though and why viewers tune in to watch his shows.
Regardless of Gordon ram say’s volatile outbursts and harsh criticism, he is one of cable TV’s most popular celebrity chefs. His food and guidance does also tend to be right on the money as well. The public loves to watch what he will do net and so he is likely to continue to be a great choice for television food entertainment.