Yesterday, the 2020 Michelin Guide to Great Britain and Ireland was announced at a strange, sometimes surprising, and often predictable live event in west London. In total, the company awarded 23 new one-star restaurants, four new two-star restaurants, and one new three-Michelin-starred restaurant.
That meant, for London: one new three-Michelin-starred restaurant, one new two-star restaurant, and four new one-star restaurants. Here’s everything you need to know about all six.
Three Michelin stars
Sketch — The Lecture Room and Library
Who’s behind it: French chef Pierre Gagniere and restaurateur Mourad Mazouz. The kitchen is led by Johannes Nuding and the wine programme is run by Frederic Brugues.
Cuisine: “New French” and a broad adaptation of the cuisine served at Gagnaire’s eponymous three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris.
Opened: 2003. Won a first Michelin star in 2005 and a second in 2012.
Where is it: 9 Conduit St, Mayfair, W1S 2XG
How much is the menu: Lunch, Friday and Saturday 12 p.m. – 2 p.m and dinner, Tuesday — Saturday 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.: A la carte: Starters £35 – £61; Main courses £51 – £67; desserts £20 – £22. Tasting menu, seven courses: £120; Vegetarian, 7 courses: £95.
What they said: “Thanks to Johannes Nuding, Frederic Brugues, and the whole team of the Sketch London. I am happy and proud of this reward. Especially never let go of anything!” —Pierre Gagnaire
Two Michelin stars
Who’s behind it: Anne-Sophie Pic as executive chef, with head chef Luca Piscazzi and director of wine Jan Konetzki. Pic is the only female chef to be recognised with a new star in this year’s Michelin Guide to Great Britain and Ireland.
Cuisine: Pic recently orchestrated a total refurb of both the dining room and the menu, possibly, even probably in service of obtaining a second star. The food is almost entirely classical French, with any ventures outside the country nodding to classicism and formalism: acquarello risotto; tiramisu. It offers three tasting menus of four, six, and eight courses, as well as an a la carte. Premium ingredients like lobster, wagyu beef, bluefin tuna, and Scottish langoustine are everywhere.
Where is it: Four Seasons Hotel London, 10 Trinity Square, Tower Hill EC3N 4AJ
How much is the menu: Set lunch: £42 for three courses, excluding drinks. A la carte: Starters £25 — £51; Main courses £38 — £98; Desserts £15 — 19. “Discovery” tasting menu £95 per person; “Journey” tasting menu £120 per person; “Voyage” tasting meny £160 per person. Wine pairing £60; £95; £120.
What they said: “We’re delighted to have received this recognition from Michelin. To be awarded a second star only two years after opening is a huge honour and I’m incredibly proud of my whole team at La Dame de Pic London.” —Anne-Sophie Pic
One Michelin star
Who’s behind it: Chef-restaurateur Nuno Mendes, entrepreneur James Brown, and head chef Edoardo Pellicano.
Cuisine: “Progressive cooking, drawing influence from Europe, Asia and the wider continents, yet free from classical distinctions.”
Where is it: 41 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch E2 7DJ
Opened: April 2018
How much is the menu: Dinner 7 p.m. Wednesday – Saturday and Saturday lunch 3 p.m. 14 courses £150, exclusive of drinks and service.
What they said: “We are thrilled and humbled to be awarded a Michelin star - it is a real testament to the hard work and creativity, night after night, of Edoardo, Alex, and our wonderful team. We opened Mãos with the intention of redefining what it means to visit a restaurant, removing barriers and taking our cues from the humble dinner party.” —James Brown
Who’s behind it: Third-generation sushi master Kazutoshi Endo
What food does it serve: Japanese omakase sushi.
Where is it: 8th Floor, The Helios, Television Centre, 101 Wood Lane, White City W12 7FR
Opened: April 2019
How much is the menu: Lunch, Thursday – Saturday 12 p.m. – 3 p.m and dinner, Tuesday — Saturday 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday. “Lunch Omakase” — seven course, £60. Dinner: “Signature Omakase — 18 courses, £180 and the “Rotunda Omakase — 15 courses, £150. A la carte, too.
What they said: Kazutoshi Endo told his Instagram followers: “Dear All! Thank you for your support always! We got one star Michelin today!”
Who’s behind it: Chefs Paulo Airaudo and Rafael Cagali
What food does it serve: “Never traditional but always respectful; flavours and textures are interspersed with distinct combinations that take inspiration from time spent growing up in Latin America and working as young chefs in Italy and Spain.” In other words, modern Western European fine-dining which leans towards South America.
Where is it: The Town Hall Hotel, 8 Patriot Square E2 9NF
Opened: February 2019
How much is the menu: Lunch, Friday and Saturday 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.; Dinner Wednesday – Saturday 6 p.m. – 9.30 p.m. 6 or 10-course blind tasting menu: £65/£90.
What they said: “I am absolutely over the moon and couldn’t be prouder of our team. Everyone has been working very hard over the past few months and this really is testament to their dedication and determination.” —Rafael Cagali
“I feel very honoured and am completely delighted for Rafa and the whole team.” —Paulo Airaudo
Who’s behind it: Head chef Kenneth Culhane and restaurant manager Barny Taylor.
What food does it serve: Classical combinations of ingredients with a few flourishes — kombu braising, barley miso — pretty much just how Michelin likes it. There’s a six course tasting menu as well as the a la carte, with full vegetarian menus for both.
Where is it: 135 Petersham Road, Surrey TW10 7AA
How much is the menu: Starters £9.50 – £15.50; Main courses £24.50 – £35; Desserts £8.50 – £12.50. Tasting menu £70 per person; vegetarian tasting menu £70 per person.
What they said: “What to say, but thanks Michelin for the award of your star, thanks to all our customers and thanks to our team — it means a lot.” —Kenneth Culhane and Barny Taylor