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Barcelona, culinary capital

September 2018 | Trends | Gastronomy | Barcelona

The Catalan city’s rise to culinary fame looks to be unstoppable. It already boasts 31 Michelin stars at its 24 guide-listed restaurants. Congratulations Barcelona!
  • Enigma | © Moisés Torne Biayna
  • ABaC | © Joan Valera
  • ABaC | © Blai Carda
  • DISFRUTAR. Oriol Castro, Mateu Casañas y Eduard Xatruch | © Joan Valera
  • Enigma | © Moisés Torne Biayna

The world-famous “good cooking stars” awarded by the prestigious Michelin Guide rate a selection of outstanding establishments on the basis of the quality of their cuisine. A 3-star rating means that a restaurant offers “exceptional cooking, worth a special journey”; two stars mean “excellent cooking, worth a detour”; and one star means “very fine cooking, worth a stop”.

Ever since the Michelin Guide first appeared, Barcelona has worked hard to be the site of 3-star restaurants. Now the city has been accorded this great honour two years in a row: in 2017 the restaurant Lasarte of Paolo Casagrande -under the direction of Martín Berasategui- won this distinction, and in 2018 it has gone to the restaurant ABaC of Jordi Cruz. Located at Avinguda del Tibidabo, ABaC has now expanded the former trio of Catalan 3-star establishments formed by Lasarte (also located in Barcelona), El Celler de Can Roca (in Girona) and Sant Pau (in Sant Pol de Mar), elevating Catalan cuisine to an even higher internationally acknowledged level.

With the third star awarded to ABaC, the second star received by Disfrutar and Dos Cielos, and the first star granted to Enigma, Barcelona currently possesses a total of 31 Michelin stars. This goes to increase Spain’s prestige in the world of gastronomy since the country now has no less than 195 Michelin-starred establishments, 24 of which are to be found in the city of Barcelona. To be sure, a meal at a Michelin-star restaurant is no everyday experience but rather something of an exclusive ritual that marks forever the diner who has been fortunate enough to enjoy it. 

With the culinary performance staged by the waiters, the stories told by the various dishes forming the menu, the matching of all the delectable tastes, and so much more, this is a gastronomic journey which diners make from the moment they enter the doors of the restaurant till they pay their bill and leave with the glorious feeling of having savoured delicacies fit more for the gods than for mere mortals. What’s more, the diversity of establishments and of the menus which they propose means that there is a Michelin restaurant for everyone who wishes to relish, even if just once in their life, the greatest of all culinary experiences.
 

Madrid, on the rise
Although Barcelona  is the city with the most Michelin stars in Spain, Madrid is close behind: the capital has 20 Michelin restaurants possessing a total of 25 stars. The new establishments acknowledged here by the prestigious guide are CEBO and La Candela Restò, with one star, joining the ranks of Kabuki, Kabuki Wellington, Álbora, La Cabra, Punto MX, Lúa, A’Barra and Gaytán, and the 2-star establishments Santceloni, La Terraza del Casino, Ramón Freixa Madrid, El Club Allard, DSTAgE and Coque.

Of course, a very special place is held in the capital’s culinary scene by DiverXO, with its top 3-star rating in the Michelin Guide.

 

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