It is said that London`s gastronomy is among the most varied in the world. The city is host to nearly 6,000 restaurants, and there is something for all tastes and all pockets. But these two eateries, awarded Michelin stars for their high quality, are among the most attractive offers in the British capital.
Gordon Ramsey Restaurant
68-69 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea
In 1998, at the age of 31, Chef Gordon Ramsey established his first restaurant in the elegant Chelsea district of London. Three years later, in 2001, it had already earned three Michelin stars for its perfect combination of elegant, intimate atmosphere and exquisite cuisine. At the helm of the magnificent establishment is Chef Clare Smyth, the only woman in England in charge of a kitchen with three Michelin stars. In addition, last year she was honored as Chef of the Year in the Good Food Guide 2013. Smyth is known for her very high standards, attention to detail and strict work ethics, qualities that have allowed her to reach new heights of creativity and audacity in each of her dishes. The Gordon Ramsey restaurant is an intimate space with a capacity for 45 guests. It has spacious and refined interiors designed by Fabled Studio. The attentive service and sophisticated gastronomy are the hallmarks of excellence of this restaurant where diners are always pleasantly surprised by the bold inventions of the talented Clare Smyth.
L’Atelier by Joël Robuchon
13-15 West Street, Covent Garden
Located in the picturesque Covent Garden, this restaurant is a famous hangout for actors, businessmen, tycoons and well-known figures of the London art scene. It is directed by the famous chef Joël Robuchon, who was elected Chef of the Century by the Gault Millau Guide after earning 25 Michelin stars in his restaurants in Paris, London and New York, among other places. L’Atelier has recreated in the British capital an admirable environment of French gastronomy with influences from Spanish and Japanese cuisines. L’Atelier by Joël Robuchon opened in London in 2006. Its décor, atmosphere and exceptional menu have been fundamental in making it one of the central dining experiences in London since it opened. Awarded a Michelin star, the restaurant is spread over three floors, has two dining rooms, a rooftop bar and a magnificent terrace. Its executive chef is Xavier Boyer, a young artist who delivers balanced, simple and beautifully presented dishes with classic French savoir faire, contemporary imagination and the best and freshest ingredients. ■