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The Best Michelin Star Restaurants in Europe

The Best Michelin Star Restaurants in Europe

EUROPE, FOOD + WINE, FRANCE, ITALY, LONDON

Europe currently boasts hundreds of Michelin-starred restaurants, so narrowing down the choices to a handful of top performers isn’t easy. Every establishment has been starred for a reason, so a night out at any one of them guarantees an amazing culinary experience. That being said, here’s a list of some of the best-rated Michelin eateries in Europe.

 

Fera at Claridge’s, London

Fera means ‘wild’ in Latin, and Chef Simon Rogan takes the name very seriously, indeed. Many ingredients are intriguingly obscure, from blewits (lilac-coloured wild mushrooms served with aged pork, grilled carrots, and lettuce) to sea buckthorn, which is served as a dessert each with licorice, carrot, and whey.

Every dish is delivered in a decorative and imaginative style, like miniature works of art. A good example is the hugely popular grilled salad, which consists of endive leaves literally grilled over embers and accompanied by truffle custard and sunflower seeds. Service is polished yet welcoming, with many dishes being personally brought out by a chef.

Europe’s Michelin Star restaurants of this standard are popular with not only local residents but also visitors from countries such as the US, Europe and Australia. Many travel on services like Chapman Freeborn – the World’s leading air charter service – just to sample the famous cuisine, which is testament to the dining experience is!

 

Fera at Claridge's, London (Image Source Fera at Claridges)
Fera at Claridge’s, London (Image Source Fera at Claridges)

 

Le Meurice, Paris

At le Meurice, it’s back to basics, in which simple and seasonal ingredients are transformed into works of culinary art. The restaurant interior has a royal theme that sets the stage for the menu quality: inspired by the Salon de la Paix at Versailles, it features crystal chandeliers, antique mirrors, frescoes, and a profusion of marble. The sense of romantic elegance is reinforced by the view of the Jardin des Tuileries.

The menu isn’t as avant-garde as some restaurants: staples include lobster, Jerusalem artichokes, Albufera poultry, tartufi di Alba, vegetables cooked in a salted crust, gourmet cheese, and seasonal fruit. But everything is combined for mouthwatering effect: the Christmas menu features blue lobster served with Jerusalem artichokes and black Truffle; warm game pâté, and Citrus Vacherin. Lunch and dinner are taste celebrations that won’t be easily forgotten.

 

Restaurant-le-Meurice (Image Source Dorchester Collection)
Restaurant-le-Meurice (Image Source Dorchester Collection)

La Pergola, Rome

Located in the Rome Cavalieri hotel, on the top of Montemario hill, La Pergola is famous all over Europe for its impeccable service, upscale decor, and menu whose fame is well-deserved. The fact that it is the only restaurant in Rome to be accorded three stars attests to the magnificence of its cuisine.

Michelin Chef Heinz Beck has been running the famous three ­Michelin-starred La Pergola restaurant at the Cavaleri hotel in Rome since 1994, and it’s now hailed by many as Italy’s top restaurant.

The gourmet menu includes combinations such as duck tortellini with pine needle infusion and porcini powder, and cod on kidney beans with iced parsley snow. Even the appetizers reflect imagination and class: beef veil on amaranth grain with pressed caviar and herbs, and amberjack (a type of fish) marinated in yuzu and lemongrass on guacamole with soya macaron.

The publication of each Europe-oriented Michelin Guide is always a big event among the fans of top restaurants and celebrity chefs. There’s a good reason for this devotion: when a European eatery is Michelin-starred, it’s the epitome of fine dining.

 

La Pergola Dining room (Courtesy of Rome Cavalieri)
La Pergola Dining room (Courtesy of Rome Cavalieri)

Club Gascon, London

Located in east-central London, Club Gascon is the priciest and most upscale of the three-member Gascon group (the other two being Comptoir Gascon in Farringdon and the Cellar Gascon wine bar in Smithfield). Head chef Pascal Aussignac delivers dishes inspired by his native Toulouse: the three-course set lunch menu includes crackling pheasant’s eggs, braised wild mushrooms, and black truffle, with Roquefort and white chocolate doughnuts for dessert.

Vegetarians are not overlooked: the lunch menu for December includes smoked tomato tart and courgette flower primavera. There are also holiday menus and a la carte dinners with five selections.

The interior, an urbane combination of marble panels and muted shades of grey and gold, softly proclaim the restaurant as a haute cuisine haven. A playful element underscores all the elegance via surprising (yet flawless) flavour combinations and menu descriptions in inverted commas.

 

Club Gascon (Image Source: Club Gascon)
Club Gascon (Image Source: Club Gascon)

 

About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder and Senior Editor of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.

14 Comments

  1. Tiana
    December 17, 2015 at 4:58 pm
    Reply

    These all sound amazing! Hopefully next September we will eat at a few of them!

    • Carmen
      December 19, 2015 at 8:04 am

      I hope you get the opportunity to try out one of these restaurants in your trip.

  2. Rob Taylor
    December 17, 2015 at 7:11 pm
    Reply

    La Pergola sounds like a dream in dining. I would love to go to any of these…sans kids.

    • Carmen
      December 19, 2015 at 8:08 am

      Hi Rob, Part of a dining experience for me apart from the food are the views. At Pergola you get both worlds, the views of Rome from the restaurant is amazing.

  3. Ashley Owens
    December 18, 2015 at 11:49 am
    Reply

    Looks so fancy and I have a big appetite!

    • Carmen
      December 19, 2015 at 8:10 am

      They are all very fancy, but that is expected when dining at a Michelin starred restaurant. Definitely, a place to go for a romantic dinner experience.

  4. Lara Dunning
    December 18, 2015 at 12:33 pm
    Reply

    All of these restaurants sound beyond wonderful, but I think Fera is at the top of my list.

    • Carmen
      December 19, 2015 at 8:15 am

      A great choice to eat if you’re in London. Claridge is a wonderful hotel to stay as well.

  5. Natalie
    December 18, 2015 at 12:55 pm
    Reply

    I haven’t been to any of these since I’m usually more of a budget eater when I travel, but these look amazing enough to save up for a splurge! 😀

    • Carmen
      December 19, 2015 at 8:16 am

      Hi Natalie, They certainly are a pretty penny to dine at any of these, but well worth the cost if you ask me.

  6. Vedante | The Lavish Nomad
    December 18, 2015 at 11:20 pm
    Reply

    I have been reading a lot about Michelin star holder Chefs and the restaurants lately. This was an interesting read for me. All of them are now in my “to experience” list haha

    • Carmen
      December 19, 2015 at 8:28 am

      I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed my article. The three-star Michelin restaurants have exceptional cuisine, and are worth a special trip if only for the meal. I hope you get to dine in one of them.

  7. Stacey Veikalas
    January 27, 2017 at 12:50 pm
    Reply

    Love This I am always looking for great places to eat! Nice List I will keep if for sure!
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    • Carmen Edelson
      January 28, 2017 at 2:13 am

      It’s always nice to have fantastic foodie experiences on your travels!

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