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Extraordinary occasion - which Michelin star restaurant?

Extraordinary occasion - which Michelin star restaurant?

May 19th, 2016, 02:40 AM
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Extraordinary occasion - which Michelin star restaurant?

I don't have a list - or a country.

Wedding anniversary plus child turning 21. 2017 so booking ahead is possible.

Where would you go and why.
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May 19th, 2016, 03:09 AM
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You tagged Spain and the UK but if you don't have a country may I suggest Paul Bocuse in Lyon. It was the meal and experience of a lifetime for us.

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May 19th, 2016, 03:12 AM
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Noma because it was amazing and different and I love Copenhagen.

Marianne in London (not starred) because it is my favourite restaurant in London. I prefer it to the Ledbury (which is a close second).

Tickets in Barcelona because it was fun, affordable and delish.
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May 19th, 2016, 03:12 AM
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Sorry have never posted a question - only answered them - so my tagging skills are lacking.
I welcome suggestions all over UK Europe (I know the ones in Italy).
Dudeness- Thank you for your contribution.
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May 19th, 2016, 03:30 AM
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Go to San Sebastián or Bilbao in the Basque country, Europe's culinary heartland. 40 Michelin star restaurants in a small area, three 3 Michelin star restaurants in San Sebastián alone:

With only 4 million people, twice as many Basque restaurants on the S.Pellegrino World's 20 best restaurant list than both US, France and UK. Four Basque restaurants, two US, two UK and two French among top 20: http://www.theworlds50best.com/

Three star Arzak in San Sebastián has been ranked among the 10-20 best in the world for some 25 years now. Had spectacular and very different meals here in both 1996 and 2006. https://www.arzak.info/index.php

Nothing beats the food and the views over the beautiful Basque coastline up in three star Akelarre, also in San Sebastián. Had an unforgettable lunch here a couple of years ago: https://www.akelarre.net/es

Or three star Azurmendi just outside Bilbao, takes it further than anyone in the world right now. https://www.azurmendi.biz/
Video intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDwoj6671nQ

And, as said, 37 other Michelin star retaurants in the area. But the true virtue of the Basque food culture is the quality of every little place you happen to walk into.
The region is especially known for the pintxos, gourmet style "tapas" the Basque way for 2-3€/piece: http://www.todopintxos.com/home/home.php?lang=en

"Is San Sebastian the world's greatest city for foodies?" http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/de...y-for-foodies/
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May 19th, 2016, 05:30 AM
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Are you limiting your search to Michelin 3 stars, or to any Michelin-starred restaurant?

Do you know about the other food guides that allot the equivalent of stars to what they deem as the best restaurants in their country? (Gambero Rosso, Repsol guide, etc)

I ask because there are some people who do not believe that Michelin carries as much relevance in Italy, or in the US, as it does in France and perhaps Japan and Scandinavia.

I do agree with Kimhe that the Basque country is heaven for the food-obsessed. And other regions of Spain are vastly underrated as food meccas.
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May 19th, 2016, 07:28 AM
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Agree that the Repsol guide is an excellent guide to restaurants in Portugal and Spain. 51 restaurants with Repsol suns in the Basque Country. Eight with three suns, the usual top six as well as Nerua and Zuberoa. http://www.guiarepsol.com/en/about-t...s/index-en.php

My favourite restaurant in San Sebastián since the late 1980's, Casa Urola, has got two suns. http://www.guiarepsol.com/es/gastron...97-casa-urola/

Casa Urola has got no Micelin stars, but the major regional newspaper El Diario Vasco voted it best restaurant in Guipuzkoa last year (Premio Más Gastronomía 2015), ahead of all the Michelin star restaurants. http://www.casaurolajatetxea.es/es/b...a-2015_11.html

I always go to Urola on my first night in town, and this is the kind of place locals take vistors to show what the San Sebastián food culture is all about. Same waitress last fall as the first time I was here in 1987. And on the ground floor, you have what is now perhaps the best pintxos bar in town: http://allaboutfoodmag.com/de_pintxos-en-casa-urola/
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May 19th, 2016, 02:04 PM
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Thank you for these great suggestions.

No it doesn't have to be Michelin three star.

Going to explore your ideas - very much appreciated.
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May 19th, 2016, 06:38 PM
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Tickets in Barcelona because it was fun, affordable and delish."

Ticket was a big disappointment...full of tourists taking pictures of mediocre food.
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May 19th, 2016, 06:46 PM
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The Ledbury in Notting Hill-superb British food by an Aussie chef-great service too
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May 19th, 2016, 08:32 PM
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We were in Paris last month from April 17-24. During that time we had a fantastic 3 1/2 hour lunch at Le Grand Vefour in the Palais Royale. The food was delicious, the service impeccable and the dining room one of the most beautiful we have ever been in. The restaurant has been there since the 1700's. We sat at Napoleon and Josephine's table. Two other recommendations in Paris: Le Cinq and Guy Savoy. We ranked Le Cinq as the most beautiful restaurant we have ever dined in until it was surpassed by Vefour. The best meal we have ever had was at Guy Savoy.
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