The 2019 Michelin guide to the U.K. and Ireland has been revealed.
The Michelin Red Guide, the oldest European hotel and restaurant reference book, awards up to three Michelin stars for excellence to a select few establishments.
The trendiest restaurants who have been vying for the coveted accolade have eternal bragging rights if they are awarded a star.
It is the gold standard for diners looking for chic places to eat with fanciful food.
These are the new restaurants in London achieving one reputable star in 2019:
Core, by Clare Smyth, 92 Kensington Park Road
Core is one of only 120 restaurants across the world to be given two stars in its first award.
It is a rare feat for an establishment to be given more than one award in its first year of eligibility, which puts head chef Clare Smyth quite close to the Red Guides top honour.
Sabor, by Nieves Barragan Mohacho and José Etura, 35-37 Heddon Street
The Spanish tapas bar, restaurant, and grill becomes the fifth restaurant in its JKS Restaurant Group to be awarded by Michelin.
Ikoyi, by Iré Hassan-Odukale and Jeremy Chan, 1 Saint Jamess Market
This is the only African restaurant to receive a new accolade on the list. It is a West African inspired fine dining restaurant.
Hide, by Ollie Dabbous, 85 Picaddily
Chef Ollie Dabbous introduced Hide, after closing down his much successful eponymous restaurant in Fitzrovia. His new establishment, co-owned with Hedonism Wines Evgeny Chichvarkin and Tatiana Fokina, received its first star.
Roganic, by Simon Rogan, 5-7 Blanford Street
Simon Rogan is proud holder of two other restaurants with Michelin stars; LEnclume in Cartmel, in the Lake District, and development kitchen Aulis in Soho.
The wine and restaurant bar, opened by owners of the now-closed and starred Ellory, have only been open for six months and have gone from strength to strength.
Brat, Tomos Parry, Shoreditch
Shoreditch is clearly the place to go if you fancy top-notch food as it features four Michelin-starred establishments.
There are plenty of other eateries gaining two and three stars in the capital. The full list can be found here.
How do you earn a Michelin star?
The Michelin Guide began in 1926. It went from a free guide on where to change tires, find restaurants, and hotels to what it is now, though it has its share of critics.
Michelin only operates in certain regions, so unless your restaurant is located in an area the guide covers, you cant be considered.
Anonymous inspectors come in to taste the food, assess the ambiance, decor and take in the vibes so youll never know who exactly is judging you.
Many chefs have written about what they think has pipped them to the post; inspectors usually look to be seated quickly, served attentively, and wowed with food beyond an average meal.
The advantage of a star is that it puts the restaurant on the map, bringing international audiences and gaining publicity.
Some do feel that it gives an added pressure to always perform well and be the best. Some joints have been demoted and had their stars taken away.