I'm a director working in London and have been to nearly all the major restaurants. I like all types of cuisines.
Once to twice a week for business and pleasure
Zuma, Maze, Alloro, Mao Goa (Putney).
Billinis with beluga caviar, fois gras mixed with french beans, fillet beef, french cheeses, rasberry souffle, 85% dark chocolate with an expresso – to drinks Vodka with the Billinis, Rielsing with the starter, then a big Bordeaux followed by Domain du Durban (Muscat). Then finish with a bottle of Krug to take me to my grave.
Eating, Cooking, Sport, Politics
Book: Raymond Blanc – Cooking for Friends
Film: The Day of the Jackel / All the Presidents Men / Great Escape
TV: Black Adder
CD: Woody Allen the nighclub years
Federer, Elizabeth 1, Marquee de Sade, Newton, Darwin and God (but don't believe he would show up)
Saint Simone (Paris) Amam Resorts (Asia) La Bastide de Marie (Provence)
Read the thread December 2010
I would certainly go to The Square before Le Gavroche and Corrigan's. Arbutus is a different price to the other 3 restaurants but certainly is worth 3 SM stars for the otherall package – my clients love it and it is sensibly priced. From what I believe SM stars are given to ‘overall package’ not just food – you can see this in the mix of pirces/types within each category.
Re Gordon Ramsey – it is still an iconic restaurant with exceptional food. To me a bit stiff/formal/traditional and not my first choice but I can see why it would get 3 SM stars.
I can't undersand Miss Sushi point – I use SM the whole time for Japanese/Indian suggestions. I agree that these are great cusine types to take clients to and that one must not be a ‘French cuisine style’ snob – very few people are now days.
I would hope that SM doesn't just take reader reviews in to consideration. Just as Miss Sushi does not like the over positive 10/10 one should also watch the over negative a la trip advisor. More