Here's a long one for you ;)
I am currently living in San Sebastian with my girlfriend for some months. During our stay we are going to be visited by friends and family who we would like to take for lunch/dinner at the famous restaurants in San Sebastian. Just one per visit :)
The problem is that it is difficult to decide which ones as my dad and parents in law at 60 wont have the same preferences as my 24 year old friend and his girlfriend.
We have already booked a table for my parents in law as they arrive in 10 days, and the choice fell on Arzak. For my friends arriving in december I was thinking about lunch at Akelare because of the great reviews it has gotten on Chowhound, and the great view early in the day.
After a lot of readin I concider Arzak and Akelare as the top two choices, but now my dad also wants to go to a restaurant, and I am left with the choice of Mugaritz and Martin Berasategui (both recieving somewhat mixed/bad reviews both on chowhound and other forums) unless I switch any of these with Akelare. This will be the first time both my dad and my friends go to these types of restaurants.
So, the questions are:
1. What are the different restaurant "styles" provided by the above mentioned, and which ones do you think suits each visit the best?
2. Other than the San Pellegrino's Top 50 Restau..., and the Michelin Guide, are there other good "lists" or rankings/descriptions I should pay attention to? And how much attention should I pay to these rankings at all?
3. And out of curiosity: Anyone know why is Akelare placed 94th on the San Pellegrino list, while Mugaritz, Arzak and MB are placed 3rd, 8th and 29th? It is a pretty big difference.
A lot of text here, but this is my first post, and I had a lot on my mind ;)