At this time, Michelin, the eating information run by a French tire firm, introduced its record of starred eating places for Washington D.C. Simply 4 new eating places joined the ranks of these Michelin deems the most effective within the nation’s capital, all with one star. And with these new choices, a restaurant with controversial ties to President Trump — each as a result of its location inside a Trump property and the feedback its proprietor made after the information bought out — was rewarded with one of many fine-dining world’s most sought-after honors.
Sushi Nakazawa, the sushi omakase restaurant from chef Daisuke Nakazawa and restaurateur Alessandro Borgognone, opened in spring 2018 contained in the Trump Worldwide Resort, a constructing as soon as destined for a restaurant from D.C. chef and humanitarian José Andrés. Andrés pulled out of the deal after the now-President Trump known as Mexican immigrants “rapists” and “murderers” in 2015, and his refusal to honor the deal set off a string of back-and-forth lawsuits. The fits had been ultimately settled.
In 2016, after information of Nakazawa’s opening was introduced, the late Anthony Bourdain vowed by no means to dine there, saying he had “utter and complete contempt” for Borgognone. An Esquire profile printed a few months later speculated that Borgognone was the “most-hated restaurateur in America” after leasing the area from the Trumps. “You can’t fault a businessperson,” Borgognone instructed Esquire. “Our decision was based on that… We didn’t have a political agenda.” Months after the opening, Washingtonian restaurant critic Ann Limpert praised the sushi however stated that the restaurant was largely empty.
Recognition, nevertheless, isn’t one in every of Michelin’s evaluation standards, and Sushi Nakazawa isn’t the primary Michelin star for a Trump property. Jean-Georges inside Trump Tower in New York Metropolis maintained three Michelins stars for 10 years. In 2018, the restaurant was downgraded to 2 Michelin stars. Earlier than it closed in 2018, Sixteen in Chicago’s Trump Worldwide Tower and Resort held two Michelin stars.
In the meantime, Andrés maintains his two Michelin stars at his tasting menu restaurant Minibar (together with a dedication to criticizing Trump on Twitter). Apparently, in keeping with Michelin, the standard of the meals is what counts — albeit a really, very particular form of meals served in exacting environs.
• Michelin Information Reveals 2020 Stars for D.C. [EDC]