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Andy Hayler

Andy Hayler

Andy Hayler is an author, public speaker, occasional broadcaster and restaurant critic. He is the only person to have eaten at every three star Michelin restaurant in the world, most recently in 2016. His website www.andyhayler.com, set up in 1994, is the oldest running restaurant review website on the planet, with reviews of over 1,600 restaurants from around the world.

The Stars of Munich’s Restaurant Scene

By Andy Hayler

Munich is the capital of Bavaria, in the south east of Germany near the Austrian border. Internationally, many people associate German food mostly with sausages, but this is an out-dated view – even though they do indeed love their sausages in Bavaria. Munich has six one star Michelin restaurants as well as four two star places and the recently promoted […]

Where to Eat in Shanghai and Hangzhou

By Andy Hayler

Take the high-speed train between Shanghai and Hangzhou to discover the unique food scene of each gastronomic city. Shanghai, with over 24 million inhabitants, is the dynamic business hub of China and the largest city on earth. Not surprisingly it offers a wealth of dining options, from simple neighborhood places selling “xiao long bao” soup dumplings up to a pair […]

The Stars of Northern Italy’s Restaurant Scene

By Andy Hayler

The inhabitants of southern Italy refer to those in the north rather disparagingly as “polenta eaters”, but there is a great deal more to the cuisine of northern Italy than that cornmeal staple. Just an hour north of Milan is the region known as the Italian Lakes. As well as being striking beautiful, the numerous lakes in this area are […]

The Stars of Dublin’s Restaurant Scene

By Andy Hayler

Dublin is an attractive city to visit, manageable in size and so very walkable. It has the idyllic park St Stephens Green, the river Liffey and plenty of architectural gems such as Trinity College and The Wardrobe Tower of Dublin. Tucked away among all this are some fine restaurants, the jewel in the crown being Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud. Since 1981 […]

Baiersbronn: Germany’s Gastronomic Hotspot

By Andy Hayler

Where is the greatest concentration of Michelin stars on the planet per head of population? Well, it isn’t Tokyo (which has the most 3 star restaurants) or Paris, nor even Kyoto, which has a higher number of stars per person even than Tokyo. Nor is it Bray in Berkshire, despite its pair of 3 star restaurants. In fact the most […]

The Three Best Food Cities on Earth

By Andy Hayler

In a world increasingly obsessed by food there is no shortage of locations that would be candidates for the best food city on the planet. In order to come to a reasoned decision you need to take into account many factors, not just how many restaurants there are featured on this or that list. What about the quality of the […]

The Hidden Gems of Barcelona’s Dining Scene

By Andy Hayler

Barcelona is a city with so much to offer tourists that around 32 million people visited the city in the last year, with about 8 million international visitors. Known for its famous Gaudi architecture, Barcelona is also a noted food destination. Of course you could play it safe and visit its pair of three Michelin star restaurants ABAC or Lasarte, […]

The Hidden Gems of Sydney’s Dining Scene

By Andy Hayler

Sydney is blessed with a stunning natural setting with more than its fair share of fine beaches, harbor coves and secluded spots to take in the view. Circular Quay, with the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge in the background and the famous Opera House to one side, is a fabulous backdrop for a firework display, as I discovered when I was […]

The Hidden Gems of London’s Dining Scene

By Andy Hayler

London has one of the most diverse food scenes in the world, with almost every style of cooking and nationality represented. It also has a hyperactive public relations industry, with seemingly every new restaurant opening breathlessly anticipated, slavishly reviewed and picked over by an army of bloggers, reviewers and journalists. In this febrile restaurant environment, are there any dusty corners […]

The Hidden Gems of Tokyo’s Dining Scene

By Andy Hayler

Tokyo offers a vast and impressive choice for diners, from the simplest ramen noodle bar up to of its choice of a dozen restaurants with three Michelin stars, the most awarded to any city in the world. One of the joys of Tokyo is its restaurant depth, with a string of places that are not on the beaten path of […]