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London’s new Michelin stars revealed

A nine-cover sushi bar in Mayfair and Claude Bosi’s Bibendum were the big winners in the 2018 Michelin Guide to the UK, which launched in London today.

Claude Bosi of Bibendum won two Michelins stars in the 2018 UK guide

The Araki in Mayfair, which costs £300 a head, won a third star this year, making it just one of five restaurants in the UK to boast such an accolade.

It is the first Japanese restaurant in Britain to win three stars, and the third in London alongside Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester and Gordon Ramsay’s Royal Hospital Road in Chelsea.

Chef Mitsuhiro Araki has won a third star for his nine-cover sushi restaurant The Araki in Mayfair

Larger than life French chef Claude Bosi will also be celebrating today after his revamp of Bibendum on the Fulham Road won two Michelin stars for his classic French cooking with a contemporary twist.

Bosi joined Bibendum in April after the closure of his two star Hibiscus in Mayfair.

Also picking up Michelin stars this year were dim sum specialist A. Wong in Pimlico, Scandinavian site Aquavit in St. James’s Market, Anne-Sophie Pic’s La Dame de Pic at the Four Seasons in Trinity Square, and Phil Howard’s Elystan Street in Kensington.

La Dame de Pic also came 16th place this year in the drinks business’ wine list ratings guide Wine List Confidential, which rates the top wine lists in London by value, size, range and originality.

In addition, two Indian restaurants – Jamavar in Mayfair and Vineet Bhatia in Chelsea – won stars this year after Indian institution, Veeraswamy in Mayfair, won a star last year on its 90th birthday.

Notable omissions from the guide this year were exciting newcomer 108 Garage in Notting Hill, which had been hotly tipped for a star, ex-Le Gavroche chef Monica Galetti’s Mere in Fitzrovia, and ex-Royal Hospital Road head chef Clare Smyth’s debut venture Core in Kensington.

Among the restaurants outside of London to win a star were Tom Kerridge’s pub, The Coach, in Marlow and Michael Caines’ Lympstone Manor in Devon.

Picking up Bib Gourmand awards for high quality cuisine at excellent value for money were Kiln and Kricket in Soho, Westerns Laundry in Highbury, The Frog in Spitalfields, Clipstone in Fitzrovia and Cinnamon Bazaar in Covent Garden among others.

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