There are several ways to make tourism, among all but the gastronomic is undoubtedly one of the most enjoyed by people. One of the best ways to get to know the local culture is to visit a local restaurant. In MeL we wanted to bring you a list of the best establishments in Europe.
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1. Celler de Can Roca, Spain.
Not only the best in Europe, but also the best restaurant in the world, El Celler de Can Roca is run by Not only the best in Europe, but also the best restaurant in the world, El Celler de Can Roca is run by innovative culinary innovators, the Roca brothers in Girona, Catalonia. Opened originally in 1986, in recent years El Celler de Can Roca has never been far from first place. They have also acquired three Michelin stars for their modern interpretations of Catalan cuisine.
2. Osteria Francescana, Italy.
The city of Modena is known for being the ideal place for food lovers, and Osteria Francescana is the best restaurant arround. Chef Massimo Bottura is known in Italy as a food innovator, as well as being a chef who serves the best contemporary versions of Italian cuisine anywhere in the country. Ranked third in the world in 2013 and 2014, Osteria Francescana jumped to second place in 2015.
3. Restaurant Noma, Denmark.
Adapting what was once an old warehouse in the commercial district of Copenhagen, Noma opened its doors in 2003. Since then, Chef René Redzepi’s Nordic cuisine has won two Michelin stars and has been at the top of this list in three occasions. The name Noma, by the way, comes from a combination of the Danish words for Nordic and food.
4. Mugaritz, Spain.
For some critics, Mugaritz is the most notable food phenomenon in the world. Opened in 1998 in Errenteria, Spain, and making waves for more than a decade, chef Andoni Luis Aduriz does not offer any menu. In general, the restaurant serves curious innovations such as edible cutlery with its rendition to contemporary Basque cuisine.
5. Heston Blumenthal, United Kingdom.
Directed by Blumenthal protégé Ashley Palmer-Watts, the Knightsbridge restaurant takes a different, though no less innovative, approach than the famous Fat Duck, (Blumenthal’s first restaurant). The dishes on the menu come from the local culinary history. After all, they are made based on research carried out at the British Library on the flavors of past centuries.
6. Mirazur, France.
Mirazur is located in Menton, on the French Riviera facing the Mediterranean. Chef Mauro Colagreco was born in Argentina and includes something of his native land in contemporary French cuisine. This has earned him two Michelin stars. Undoubtedly, the best restaurant in France, according to the critics, has an attached organic garden that provides inspiration and produces ingredients for the dishes
7. L´Arpège, France.
In Arpège, in Paris. Alain Passard is known for being a Chef with a bold approach, and for establishing trends that take years to reach to other restaurants in the rest of the world. In addition, Arpège has three Michelin stars. Their contemporary food is not only dominated by meat and fish, but also fresh vegetables. Many of them are grown in the bio-dynamic farm of the restaurant on the outskirts of Paris. Currently, this is a model that other restaurants follow.
8. Asador Etxebarri, Spain.
Outside Bilbao in the Basque Country of northern Spain is Etxebarri Steakhouse. Directed by chef Victor Arguinzoni. Arguinzoniz cooks on wood in the traditional way, creating smoked meats and fish with vivid flavors, which compete with the most refined gastronomic establishments. That’s why it’s considered the smartest barbecue restaurant in Europe.
9. Steirereck, Austria.
Heinz Reitbauer took over his family’s restaurant in 2005 and has made it the best in Austria. In first place, it owns two Michelin stars. Formed by culinary giants like Joël Robuchon and Anton Mosimann, Reitbauer’s menu is heavily influenced by the flavors and products of the Styria region. In fact, in this place his parents have set up a farm during the nineties. Thus, they can keep the restaurant full of fresh ingredients.
10. Restaurante Arzak, Spain.
Otro restaurante excepcional en el País Vasco. Arzak está dirigido por dos generaciones de la misma familia. En 1897, la familia Arzak instaló una taberna en San Sebastián. Para empezar, el nieto del propietario original, Juan Mari Arzak, lo convirtió en un restaurante con tres estrellas Michelin. El día de hoy, el y su hija Elena Arzak Espina comparten los deberes de la cocina.