London possesses five duos that lead the way in dining. The Hart brothers own Fino, Barrafina and Quo Vadis; the Galvins their eponymous eateries. Fergus Henderson and Trevor Gulliver founded the St. John mini-empire, while the Wolseley was brought to you by Chris Corbin and Jeremy King .
Opera Tavern occupies a former pub in Covent Garden, an area of London where you are more likely to encounter tourist joints than the kind of restaurant to which you ever would return. Hail the Opera Tavern.
Telephone a restaurant requesting a good table and you may be told that all are excellent, only to be seated in an undesirable location known to insiders as Siberia. Call a hot venue and you’ll be lucky even to get in.
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.
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and Pollen Street Social won stars today as the two new London restaurants were recognized in the Michelin Guide to U.K. and Ireland, which for the first time gave a second star to a pub.