With only about 125 restaurants worldwide attaining three stars from the Michelin and over 50 in France and Japan, in this issue we look at 10 of the triple twinkle variety that are also located in luxury hotels, giving you the best of both worlds.
1. Monaco – Alain Ducasse à l’Hôtel de Paris
Michelin writes, “It is here that Alain Ducasse forged his style, imposing his new exacting and masterful culinary classicism, always guided by the true character of the ingredients. The Mediterranean makes the odd appearance in the dishes and at every turn, the simplicity becomes an emotion and submerges us.”
Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo is one of Monaco’s top hotels, and while in the midst of a renovation, Le Louis XV – Alain Ducasse à l’Hôtel de Paris continues as a temple of gourmet cuisine with a wine cellar of almost 350,000 bottles. Chefs Dominique Lory and Alain Ducasse have created a modern, authentic menu. The fresh juices and sauces, intense and aromatic broths, and fresh condiments and spices reveal the precise flavors and seasoning of their culinary style. During the renovation of the Hôtel de Paris, Le Louis XV-Alain Ducasse restaurant is located on the garden floor of the new Rotunda wing. Click here for the menu.
2. Seoul – La Yeon
Michelin writes, “Time-honored traditions of Korean cuisine are prepared with a contemporary approach at La Yeon. Located on the 23rd floor of Shilla Hotel, this refined dining space offers stunning vistas over Namsan Park. Detail to comfort and elegance are noteworthy, from the fine tableware to attentive service. Hansik and wine pairing elevates the dining experience here to another level.” Named after the ancient Shilla Dynasty (57 BC-935 AD), a golden age of prosperity, art and culture, The Shilla Seoul is one of the city’s top hotels, and despite competition from outside groups, remains the grand dame.
Popular with dignitaries, heads of state, CEOs and celebrities, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants reports on the fine dining, “Favorites at La Yeon include the seafood Naengchae, where different seasonal ingredients are used and Korean gochujang flavors are applied with sophistication; plus top-notch Korean beef dishes such as Galbijjim or short beef ribs braised in soy sauce. Also popular is the royal-cuisine Hot Pot dish, which uses various quality ingredients in beef stock.” What’s the dining space like? La Yeon offers skyscraper views of the city. Traditional Korean art and design pieces give an elegant interior accent to the modern dining space, and the serene atmosphere makes for a perfect place to experience the sophistication of Hansik dining. Menu here.
3. Munich – Atelier
Michelin writes, “With its artistic interior designed by Axel Vervoordt, this restaurant more than lives up to its name. You will find the cuisine of young and talented chef Jan Hartwig equally modern and individual in style. His tasty culinary creations are a masterpiece of balance and intensity.”
Head chef Jan Hartwig, restaurant manager Jochen Benz and their teams turn culinary perfection into a fine art, critics say. The design, which is the brainchild of Belgian art dealer Axel Vervoordt, exudes the flair of an artist’s atelier combined with an intimate atmosphere. Jan Hartwig has been awarded as “Cook of the Year 2016“ by the magazine Der Feinschmecker. Behind a mobile wall designed Dirk Vander Eecken, you will discover a small private room and a terrace nested in Amur maple, known as the silent garden. Originally conceived by King Ludwig I, the Bayerischer Hof is one of Munich’s most legendary hotels and you can read our full report on top suites here. Menu here.
4. Basel – Cheval Blanc
Michelin writes, “Cheval Blanc boasts high, stuccoed ceilings and striking chandeliers, a lovely old parquet floor, stylish paintings, classy furniture and exclusive place settings, not to mention excellent service. Fortunately the food – classic yet modern, perfectly balanced, exquisitely presented and using the very best ingredients – is more than a match for the wonderful setting.”
The Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois lies at the very heart of the city of Basel and according to the hotel it is believed that Napoléon held the venue’s first business lunch there in 1798. On the exact spot where, in the Middle Ages, ships docked at the salt tower in order to transport that much sought-after product down the Rhine and out into the wide world, the hotel’s history stretches back over three centuries. Chef de Cuisine Peter Knogl at Cheval Blanc advocates say creates “a symphony of aromas, colors and harmonious tastes.” French haute cuisine is enriched with Mediterranean and Asian influences. Full and seasonal menus are linked.
5. Cologne – Vendôme
Michelin writes, “It is no exaggeration to call Joachim Wissler one of the most creative chefs in Germany. His mastery is apparent in every single dish he makes, each one a perfectly judged, multi-facetted composition full of intense tastes and, of course, using the very highest quality produce. As you would expect when faced with such fine food, the service is also of the very highest quality and comes complete with excellent wine suggestions.”
Situated on the eastern city outskirts, Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg’s is a Baroque castle built 300 years ago on with views of the Cologne skyline. Suites feature high ceilings and elegant furnishings. There are exposed wood-beam ceilings in some top-floor accommodations. Joachim Wissler serves a blend of classical cuisine, creativity and modernity.
In 2005 and 2013, the magazine “Der Feinschmecker” voted Wissler “Chef of the Year” and in 2009 he was deemed “The Best Chef in Germany.” Apart from three Michelin stars, the restaurant Vendôme has also been decorated with 19.5 Gault Millau points as well as 5 Feinschmecker F’s, and is ranked Germany’s best restaurant in the “San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants” list. Menu here.
6. London – Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
Michelin writes, “Elegance, luxury and attention to detail are the hallmarks of Alain Ducasse’s London outpost, where the atmosphere is warm and relaxed. The kitchen uses the best seasonal produce, whether British or French, to create visually striking, refined modern dishes. The Table Lumière with its shimmering curtain affords an opulent, semi-private dining experience.”
At The Dorchester located across from London’s Hyde Park, Executive Chef Jean-Philippe Blondet interprets Alain Ducasse’s Michelin star cuisine with a modern and refined approach, consistently championing and enhancing current seasonal produce, much of which is sourced from British and French suppliers. A new collection of fine dining menus is introduced every season and the set lunch menu ‘The Lunch Hour’ changes every Wednesday. Menu here.
7. Paris – Epicure
Michelin writes, “The Bristol’s restaurant underwent a transformation in 2011. The bright dining room overlooking the garden boasts a restrained, distinguished elegance in which the glamour of the 18C shines forth. The virtuosity of Éric Fréchon’s classic cuisine bears witness to his freedom of expression with regard to great tradition. He creates dishes that are fresh and endowed with the finest flavors.”
Paris has multiple Michelin 3-star locations in luxury hotels, and Le Bristol’s superstar chef Eric Frechon in fact made his name at Hotel de Crillon, where he was awarded ‘Meilleur Ouvrier de France’ in 1993. In 1996, he opened his first restaurant “La Verriere” (in the 19th arrondissement of Paris) to much critical acclaim after which he was appointed Head Chef of Le Bristol Paris in 1999.He won a second Michelin star for the hotel in 2001 and was awarded the ‘3 star-espoir’ in 2008 (a preliminary honor to the coveted third Michelin star). In the same year, he was decorated as a Knight of the Order of the “Légion d’Honneur” by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, which firmly cemented his status as a national treasure. In March 2009, Eric was awarded a third Michelin star, and in 2014, Epicure was awarded “Best Restaurant in the World” by The Daily Meal, Saveur US magazine and the World Luxury Hotel Awards. Le Bristol has welcomed guests since 1925.
It features renovated rooms and suites that are decorated in 18th century French-style. Before or after dinner, Le Bar du Bristol is the place to run into other titans of the universe. The swimming pool features panoramic views of Paris’ rooftops and monuments. Menu here.
8. Singapore – Joël Robuchon Restaurant
Michelin writes, “Art deco styling, Lalique vases, huge armchairs – once comfortably ensconced in this luxurious room, the world outside will be quickly forgotten. The choice of menus is dazzling and the cooking is ultra-refined, innovative and rich yet adroitly balanced. Dishes like ‘Le Caviar Imperial’ and Châteaubriand ‘Rossini’ show the full talent of the kitchen. Add in a wine list with over 1000 labels and you have the ultimate in lavish dining experiences.” At Joël Robuchon Restaurant at Sentosa Island you can look forward to French classics as executive chef Kim Joinié-Maurin performs with panache Joël Robuchon’s dishes.
The restaurant is an extension of Robuchon’s dream family dining room in an art décor style hotel. Dressed in mainly beige tones, the interior design creates a warm, luxurious and comfortable atmosphere. Adjoined to the main dining area, Robuchon’s indoor winter garden good for hosting private parties. Gourmands can enjoy the 16-course degustation menu or make selections from the ala carte menu, and be awed by Robuchon’s famous bread, cheese, dessert, ice-cream and tea trolleys. The wine cellar features more than 1,200 wine labels. A la carte and tasting menus are linked.
9. Rome – Le Pergola
Michelin writes, “This superb restaurant is suspended above the Eternal City in the magnificent setting of a panoramic roof garden. Mediterranean cuisine (chef Heinz Beck’s constant passion), a systematic search for the best quality ingredients, and an added dose of creativity all come together in La Pergola. The restaurant’s success speaks for itself.” Le Pergola at Rome Cavalieri, The Waldorf Astoria combines a breathtaking views of the Eternal City with Rome’s only three-star Michelin. Menu here.
10. Hong Kong – T’ang Court
Michelin writes, “Sautéed prawns with asparagus, deep-fried taro puffs with shrimps, and lobster with spring onions are just some of the delicate and refined Cantonese classics you can expect at this discreet and professionally run restaurant. It comes divided into two: upstairs has a more subdued, intimate feel, while the traditional style of the more appealing first floor room is broken up by contemporary artwork; tables 23 & 25 are best.”
T’ang Court at The Langham, Hong Kong hotel recognized by Michelin Guide since 2009. Only one of four Cantonese restaurants in the world to receive this accolade, T’ang Court reflects the classic timelessness of the Tang Dynasty, China’s golden age. Amid lavish furnishings, dine on authentic Cantonese culinary masterpieces. T’ang Court has won numerous international culinary acclaim over the years. In 2016, it was listed as one of the “Recommended Rated Restaurants” by Forbes Travel Guide, and “Top 100 Restaurants” by Elite Traveler and “Top 10 Wine Pairing Restaurants Award (Asian Cuisine)” by Wine Luxe Magazine. US Hotels Magazine named T’ang Court one of the world’s Top Ten Hotel Restaurants.
This legendary Cantonese restaurant in Hong Kong is also a three-time Gold Medal winner in the Hong Kong Tourism Board’s “Best of the Best Culinary Awards” in 2013, 2002 and 2001. Menu here.
Michelins Stars In Bangkok:
Michelin writes, “Perched on the 65th floor of the Lebua Hotel, Mezzaluna offers sky-high and breathtaking views. Toast to the high life at Sky Bar before settling in for a gastronomic journey. The accomplished chef and his team deliver European delights with Japanese precision in five- and seven-course set menus, along with some surprises. The flavours are balanced and sophisticated, and the food is creative and technically precise. A wine list of substantial proportions and prices accompanies.”