London's best new Michelin restaurants: our top 5 verdict
Love them or decry them, Michelin’s new awards each year create a huge buzz and there are now an impressive 70 restaurants with Michelin status in the capital. Announced on Monday, some of the newbies are surprising – for the first time in seven years there is a fresh three Michelin star. It’s top-end Mayfair sushi restaurant Araki, which seats only nine diners and costs £300 a head.
What's most exciting are the 10 Bib Gourmand awards: these are restaurants outside the fine-dining template that are more informal and at far more affordable prices. These range from innovative modern Indian Kricket to Himalayan Madame D besides Southern American-inspired gastropub Plaquemine Lock.
Now the frenzy has abated, here are the five Michelin newbies we recommend you try and why.
It’s highly unusual for a restaurant to go straight in with two stars, so this is hugely hot news. French chef Claude Bosi has speedily won back the two stars he held at his former restaurant Hibiscus before he closed it. His restaurant, Bibendum in South Kensington, sees him both bringing back the classics – the roasts served on a trolley are sensational as is the seafood – and being archly creative. It’s a stunning room with probably the most beautiful light in London streaming through the stained glass and incredibly comfortable and cosseting too. Most appropriately, Bibendum is in the former Michelin HQ building and has never held a single star before.
£36.50 for lunch
£85 for dinner