Basque Country restaurant named the best in the world


A Spanish restaurant has been named the best in the world in an online poll.

TripAdvisor users named Martin Berasategui’s restaurant in the Basque Country as the world’s best.

The three Michelin star restaurant is located in the small town of Lasarte-Oria a few kilometres to the South of San Sebastian.

Speaking after receiving his award, Mr Berasategui said: “This is my best gift than I can receive in my 40 years anniversary as a chef.

“I’m very grateful to my clients, caring them is the secret of my success.”

This year’s awards recognised the category of Basque cuisine. The awards are based on the millions of reviews the site receives from travellers worldwide over a 12-month period.

Berasategui embodies the best of Spanish gastronomy.

The interior is a beautifully stylish and understated, with immaculate table linen and settings and two log fires in elegant antique fireplaces.

“The presentation of the dishes is exquisite, tending to works of art, and beautifully prepared and cooked,” said a regular customer.

Most of the customers choose the tasting menu that includes 14 dishes and costs almost 200 euros.

The menu includes special dishes such as suckling lamb chop with Parmesan whey, fritter and asparagus with citrus dressing,  and egg resting on a liquid herb salad and dewlap carpaccio.

There are eight restaurants with three Michelin stars in Spain – four of them in Basque Country.

Basque’s cuisine is, renowned as the best in the world and this latest award confirms that Basque Country is one of the best touristic destinations for gastronomy lovers.

The Trip Advisor Top 10 Travelers’ Choice Restaurants in the World:

  • 1. Martin Berasategui – Lasarte, Spain
  • 2. Europea – Montreal, Canada
  • 3. Maison Lameloise – Chagny, France
  • 4. Adam’s – Birmingham, England
  • 5. Restaurant Sat Bains – Nottingham, England
  • 6. Geranium – Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 7. PIC – Valence, France
  • 8. NARISAWA – Minato, Japan
  • 9. Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons – Great Milton, England
  • 10. Epicure – Paris, France

3 Michelin Stars in Spain: Akelarre (Donostia), Arzak (Donostia), Azurmendi (Larrabetzu, Bizkaia), DiverXO (Madrid), El Celler de Can Roca (Girona), Martín Berasategui (Lasarte, Gipuzkoa), Quique Dacosta (Denia, Alicante) y Sant Pau (Sant Pol de Mar, Barcelona).