At the height of Ireland’s real- estate boom five years ago, Mervyn Chamney failed with an 8 million-euro ($11 million) bid for land 16 miles from Dublin. Last month, he bought the site for about 550,000 euros.
Where do chefs and restaurateurs like to go out for a bite to eat near their homes? I asked more than 40 members of London’s culinary elite about their favorite local eateries. Here’s what they had to say:
Gauthier is about as polite as a London restaurant can get. You ring the doorbell to gain admission and from then until you are decanted onto the street at the end of your meal, the service is solicitous and unshowy.
Michelin announces the winners and losers for its 2011 U.K. guide on Jan. 18 and the country’s chefs are betting that Koffmann’s, L’Anima and Marcus Wareing will be among the London restaurants that gain a star.