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Which two of Martin Berasategui, Mugaritz, Arzak, and Akelarre?

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Which two of Martin Berasategui, Mugaritz, Arzak, and Akelarre?

willyum | Mar 1, 2013 03:15 PM

Our first trip to Spain, mainly for great food and art in Barcelona and San Sebastian. Will dine at El Cellar de Can Roca while in the Barca area but not sure where to dine near SS. We can visit two high end places while at SS.

Out of the four high end restaurants in the thread title which two would you favor? We like both classical cuisine (Per Se or French Laundry) and also molecular (Alinea), and are pretty experienced at Michelin 3* and 2* dining.

If I go by the Pellegrino “World’s 50 Best” list then it’s easy ... Mugaritz is # 4 and Arzak # 8 in the world (and we would have dined at 6 of their top 10 after this trip). But I don’t agree with their rankings of several places we’ve dined at, including one in their Top 10 that I feel is wildly overrated, so I’m leery about just going by their list and including Mugaritz.

If I go by the Michelin ratings, sub-ranked with Andy Hayler’s scores for the three stars, then Berasategui (7/10) and Arzak (7/10) would be slightly favored over Akelarre (6/10) and Mugaritz would be left out because it lacks the third star. {edit: I found a Mugaritz review by Hayler and he gave them 4/10} Yet there are many internet articles like this pair that enjoyed Akelarre more than Arzak ... http://gastronomyblog.com/2010/06/23/... http://gastronomyblog.com/2010/06/04/...

So anyway, what do you say? Right now I’m leaning Arzak and Akelarre (or Arzak and MB) but am willing to be swayed.

Thanks!

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