This is a sponsored article on behalf of INFINITI.
Last month, the MICHELIN Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2018 was launched, sponsored by INFINITI, the makers of luxury high performance cars. It may seem an odd mix, but cars and cuisine have a fair amount in common — these guys want to get people thinking about the high level of design in both a luxury car and a Michelin starred menu.
To celebrate the launch, and their partnership with Michelin, INFINITI are setting off around the UK to deliver plaques to those restaurants that have been awarded the elusive stars. Unsurprisingly, a lot of the highly rated establishments are in our capital — in total throughout the UK, 19 new stars have been awarded this year, with London's Araki receiving 3 stars for its Japanese plates.
Check out some of the London restaurants that INFINITI cars will be heading to:
With just nine seats, this has to be the smallest Michelin starred restaurant going. Less is clearly more, though, as the food has been awarded three of the elusive stars for its one choice menu. Diners all have to choose the chef's set menu for £300 a pop — an intimate experience like no other.
Claude Bosi at Bibendium
This sophisticated French cuisine has won two stars for chef Claude's restaurant in Michelin House. Dishes like Brittany rabbit and langoustine or John Dory with sausage and mead sauce really push the boundaries of what we think of as classic French food.
Nordic vibes at Aquavit have earned the restaurant its first star. Championing traditional Scandinavian cooking, the smorgasbord selection at this brasserie-style venue in St. James Market is paired with recommended tipples of a strong variety.
Wong's take on Cantonese cooking is a contemporary spin on Chinese dishes we know and love. A stylish Hong Kong diner in the centre of London, the star it has recently gained is much deserved. Choose from the likes of a Peking duck feast, dim sum selection, or a 10 course tasting menu if you really can't decide.
Phil Howard's Chelsea establishment has gained a star for a pretty good reason. If roast cod with lightly curried cauliflower puree, or a dessert of bitter chocolate mousse with cocoa tuiles and salted caramel doesn't tickle your tastebuds, then who knows what will.