Specialising in stylish pan-Indian tapas, sleek, clubby Amaya struts its stuff for well-heeled Belgravia professionals with inquisitive palates and deep pockets. Ask for a table by the theatrical open kitchen, where you can watch the chefs manning their battery of tandoors, tawa skillets and sigri grills. Service is as smooth as Indian silk, and the sexy cocktail bar hots up as the evening wears on.
The yearly unveiling of the Michelin Guide’s ‘Great Britain and Ireland’ edition is always big news in the food-nerd world. For very good reason, too – London’s one of the top-ranked cities in the world for fine dining. And it’s got plenty of those coveted stars.
While Michelin’s expertise on expensive, upmarket restaurants is well known, the Michelin Guide has also been criticised for its lack of relevance to ordinary diners. Conspicuous by their absence are London’s more affordable places to eat.
The 2022 list saw restaurants led by Iré Hassan-Odukale and Jeremy Chan at Ikoyi and The Clove Club, but no new full three stars.
The canny eater, it should be said, should consider aiming at the board’s Bib Gourmand list – a kind of ‘highly commended’ round-up that doesn’t require the formal fripperies of the star system. Really, it’s where the most exciting stuff lies – newcomers on the list this year include Time Out faves Evelyn’s Table and Trivet, and plenty more places that also appear in our meticulously compiled list of the best restaurants in London.
Still, if you’re feeling flush, read on to find all London restaurants with a Michelin star (or three).
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