Pascade by Alexandre Bourdas // 2ème // Paris

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Alexandre Bourdas, a **2 star chef, has an outpost in Paris with a menu built almost entirely around a signature dish from his Normandy restaurant – the pascade. Best described as a giant sweet and salty Yorkshire pudding, …

La Bastide de Moustiers ★ // Alpes-de-Haute-P...

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Alain Ducasse definitely knows what makes a great restaurant. Precision in technique, a blend of creativity and tradition, the best ingredients and superb front-of-house staff. Though a glitzy setting (like at the ***3 star Dorchester) is not always …

Restaurant Michel Chabran ★ // La Drôme // F...

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Lyon has long been touted as the French capital of gastronomy, and with nine ***3 star, 25 **2 star and over 140 *1 star restaurants within 100kms, it’s clear that food is taken very seriously across the Rhône-Alpes …

Lyle’s ★ // Shoreditch // London

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Lyle’s is part of a new movement of industrial, Michelin restaurants. Set-up in a former warehouse, its tables and waiting staff are simply dressed. In a similar style to Septime in Paris, these establishments focus their effort on …

Ametsa with Arzak Instruction ★ // Belgravia ...

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Three-star wizards in their home of San Sebastian, London is extremely lucky to have the Arzak family take-up residence at the Halkin Hotel. Through “instruction” at their restaurant Ametsa, daughter Elena is a frequent visitor to the UK …

L’Assiette Champenoise ★★★ // Reims...

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Just outside Reims in the Champagne-Ardennes region, you’ll find a countryside chateau that has been converted into a chic five-star hotel. Proprietors, the Lallement family, have also been running an exquisite restaurant at the location since 1976. Once …

Gilgamesh // Camden // London

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There’s nothing quite like Gilgamesh in London. Perched up above Camden market, the cavernous restaurant is meticulously decorated with Sumerian inspired art. Enormous carved wooden panels, intricate table settings and ornate columns, team-up with the Budha Bar style …

La Marine ★★ // Île de Noirmoutier // Fran...

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With close to 80 **star restaurants in France, you’re never too far from an exceptional dining experience. Remote Île de Noirmoutier is the perfect example of this. A low-key island dotted with salt marshes off the Vendée coast, …

Rivea // Knightsbridge // London

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A basement dining room may not sound like the likely place to conjure up the sunny, chic South of France, but the chef with a constellation of stars (as the French like to say) has managed to do …