Etxebarri And Quique Dacosta, In Top 10 Of 150 Best European Restaurants

Good news, as always, for our gastronomy: Spain is the most represented country in the ranking of the 150 Best European Restaurants of the OAD. And two, Etxebarri and Quique Dacosta, are among the top ten.

The Opinionated About Dining (OAD) platform has released its ranking of the 150 Best Restaurants in Europe, and is loaded with good news for the gastronomy of our country. Two Spanish establishments, Etxebarri and Quique Dacosta, are consolidated in the top 10. And Spain is the most represented country on their list, with a total of 32 references, compared to 20 in the United Kingdom and France, 18 in Italy or 13 in Denmark.

The list that OAD produces annually has become ?? with permission from the Michelin Guide and The World’s 50 Best Restaurants ?? in an international reference. What in 2003 was a culinary blog created by Steve Plotnicki, a nonconformist New York foodie , became a platform in 2007, with the aim of becoming an “alternative” ranking based on the opinions of thousands of registered voters, and elaborated taking as a reference more than 220,000 reviews.

Rasmus Munk’s ‘Alchemist’ has developed a holistic cuisine combining gastronomy, art, science, technology and design to create “an all-encompassing sensory experience”
Leading the Alchemist ranking , the Copenhagen restaurant that Rasmus Munk has turned into an international benchmark. The Danish chef interprets Nordic gastronomy from molecular cuisine, although what he offers in his restaurant goes beyond gastronomy. The second position is for Frantzén , in Stockholm, where Björn Frantzén champions the new Swedish cuisine based on local produce and sustainability. It remains the only Swedish restaurant with three Michelin stars.

The Etxebarri steakhouse (in Axpe Atxondo, Vizcaya), is the third in the ranking, and rises one place compared to the previous year. He has reinvented the grill concept to bring the embers to international haute cuisine. At the helm, Bittor Arginzoniz, the best barbecue in the world. It also represents the most genuine avant-garde of the embers, which it has revolutionized by developing its own tools to put eels, caviar or a delicate egg yolk through the fire. And the best meat, and the best fish, of course. It is the second restaurant in Spain with the longest waiting list, after El Celler de Can Roca .

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They are followed by Andreas Caminada’s restaurant , in Fürstenau (Switzerland); Lido 84 , by Ricardo Camanini, located in Gardone Riviera (Italy); the Victor’s Fine Dining by Christian Bau in Perl (Germany); Ernst by Dylan Watson-Brawn in Berlin. And the Quique Dacosta Restaurant , in Denia, in eighth place and up six positions compared to the previous ranking. His creative cuisine has no limits. It claims both Mediterranean cuisine and beauty. Pure fantasy.

The following Spanish restaurants on the list are: Enjoy (Barcelona), in 12th place, run by the Catalan trio Oriol Castro, Eduard Xatruch and Mateu Casañas; in the 13th, Azurmendi (Larrabetzu, Vizcaya), by Eneko Atxa; in the 21st, the excellence of the Roca brothers ( El Celler de Can Roca , Girona); in the 22nd, El Casals (Sagàs, Barcelona), by Oriol Rovira; the DiverXO of dabiz Muñoz, in Madrid, ranked 28th; in the 3º1, Aponiente , by Ángel León (Puerto de Santa María, Cádiz); in the 41st, Martín Berasategui (Lasarte, Guipúzcoa); at 45º, Bagá , by Pedro Sánchez (Jaén); and Andoni Aduriz’s restaurant completes the top 50,Mugaritz (Renteria, Guipúzcoa).

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There are more, in order of appearance: Ca l’Enric (Girona) by Jordi Juncà; Alkimia (Barcelona) by Jordi Vilà; Amelia (San Sebastián) by Paulo Airaudo; Noor (Córdoba) by Paco Morales; Lasarte (Barcelona) with the Martín Berasategui label; Nerua (Bilbao) by Josean Alija; ABaC (Barcelona) by Jordi Cruz; Espai Kru (Barcelona) by Ever Cubilla; El Camper or (Barbate, Cádiz).

The list is completed by Moments (Barcelona), Els Pescadors (Llançà, Girona), L’Escaleta (Cocentaina Alicante), Casa Marcial (Asturias), La Tasquita de Enfrente (Madrid), El Poblet (Valencia), Koy Shunka (Barcelona), Hermanos Torres Kitchen (Barcelona), LÚ Cocina y Alma (Jerez, Cádiz), Akelarre (San Sebastián) and Dos Palillos (Barcelona).

Three categories
This year, for the first time, the ranking is divided into three categories: “Top 150”, with 32 Spanish restaurants; “Highly Recommended”, with 16 Spaniards; and “Recommended”, 24 Spanish. And it is complemented by two alternative classifications: “classic” and “casual” restaurants, a ranking dominated by the Spanish, who take eight of the top ten positions. With Elkano (Guetaria, Guipúzcoa) in the lead, followed by Mannix (Campaspero, Valladolid). In addition to Güeyu Mar (Ribadesella, Asturias), Estimar (Barcelona), D’Berto (O Grove, Pontevedra) and Los Marinos Jose (Fuengirola, Málaga), (the informal version of Jordi Vilà in Barcelona).

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