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Azurmendi starts to get recognition

willyum | Apr 5, 201410:19 AM

Azurmendi really took off last year, earning a third Michelin star and a series of rave reviews. I remember PhilD last September writing here on Chowhound "Go here as soon as you can – it is a real winner and will be impossible to get into when the word gets out."

We dined there shortly after Phil and also had an excellent meal and overall dining experience, and will be returning this May.

I was curious how well the restaurant would do on those "Top 100" lists for 2014, whether enough people had dined there yet to vote it onto the lists.

Well, the "Elite Traveler" list came out this week and I see Azurmendi debuts at # 7 in the world, which is pretty impressive.

I'm aware that these lists are somewhat controversial and in some cases not trustworthy (when a Michelin 3* Spanish chef calls the Pellegrino/Restaurant Magazine list a 'fraud' it gets your attention). I've dined at seven of the top nine on this year's list and I feel two of them are grossly overrated, based on our experiences there.

But if a restaurant you want to visit is high on one of these lists it's often a warning that you need to get an early reservation. I learned this the hard way when I missed out on Can Roca, which has been fully booked for the next eleven months for some time now.

Here's a link to the list:

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