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Pierre Koffmann Slams Michelin’s ‘Rubbish’ Star Choices

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Legendary Michelin star chef Pierre Koffmann slammed Michelin Guide for its London Michelin star choices Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images For Le Cordon Bleu

French megastar decries Michelin Guide’s London judgment

Pierre Koffmann has slammed Michelin’s ability to judge one-star restaurants as “rubbish,” at a talk for London Restaurant Festival. Koffmann claimed that, “Michelin tries to be for young people. It is one of few guides you cannot really trust, except for maybe a three-star type of restaurant, but for one star it is terrible,” according to Big Hospitality. Koffmann’s London restaurant, La Tante Claire, of course, earned three stars in the 1980s; a trusted judgment. Koffmann also claimed that he has to “go to The Ritz” to eat game, because “not many young chefs are cooking it.” Lyle’s, Noble Rot, The Quality Chop House, Anglo, Leroy, Holborn Dining Room, Kiln, Littleduck the Picklery, Ducksoup, The Dairy, The Clove Club, Padella, Salon, Trullo, and 40 Maltby Street were all unavailable for comment.

Renowned Mayfair Indian restaurant wants its star back

Tamarind will reopen with a concerted effort to win that “rubbish” Michelin star. The renowned Mayfair Indian restaurant, the first of its kind in London to win a star, is reopening with Karunesh Khanna and Manav Tuli at the helm. Khanna — former head chef at Michelin-starred Amaya — told Hot Dinners that: “one of our goals is to win back the Michelin star as quickly as possible, but it’s just as important to both of us to create a menu and restaurant that is instantly recognised as one of the best of its genre.”

Chefs Karunesh Khanna and Manav Tuli
Tamarind [Official Photo]

Longstanding Italian cafe chain closes after 16 years

Caffe Fratelli has closed all of its cafe/delis with immediate effect. A message on the chain’s now dormant website reads: “Please note that the Caffè Fratelli website has now been taken down.Thank you to all our loyal customers who have been visiting our shops for the past 16 years.We wish you all the best for the future.”

Gizzi Erskine’s (second) Mare Street Market restaurant is off

Chef and food writer Gizzi Erskine will no longer open a second restaurant at Mare Street Market, next to Netil House. The project “to celebrate all things Hackney,” which Erskine co-founded with Marc-Francis Baum and Philip Way, told Big Hospitality that Erskine would now be acting as a “consultant.” Erskine had already — at least — partnered on the opening of The Dining Room.

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40 Maltby Street

40 Maltby Street, , England SE1 3PG 020 8076 9517 Visit Website

The Clove Club

380 Old Street, , England EC1V 9LT 020 7729 6496 Visit Website

The Dairy

15 The Pavement, , England SW4 0HY 020 7622 4165 Visit Website


20 Queen St, London W1J 5PR, London, 440207 629 3561 Visit Website


41 Dean Street, , England W1D 4PY 020 7287 4599 Visit Website

Holborn Dining Room

252 High Holborn, , England WC1V 7EN 020 3747 8633 Visit Website


18 Phipp Street, , England EC2A 4NU 020 7739 4443 Visit Website

Mare Street Market

117 Mare Street, , England E8 4RU 020 3745 2470 Visit Website


53 Foy Lane, , NSW 2000 (02) 8099 8799 Visit Website

Noble Rot

51 Lamb’s Conduit St, London, Greater London WC1N 3NB +44 20 7242 8963 Visit Website


18 Market Row, , England SW9 8LD 020 7501 9152 Visit Website

The Quality Chop House

88-94 Farringdon Road, , England EC1R 3EA 020 7278 1452 Visit Website


Saint Paul's Road, , England N1 2LH 020 7226 2733 Visit Website


6 Southwark Street, , England SE1 1TQ Visit Website

Netil House

1 Westgate Street, , England E8 3RL