(Note: this thread was split from the UK board at: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/972994 -- The Chowhound Team)
Phil, I know you've been to Mugaritz, perhaps recently.
We have a reservation there in mid-May but after our tepid response to Fat Duck's molecular wizardry I'm thinking we should cancel it and go somewhere else with more of a 'producto' emphasis.
Would you describe Mugaritz as similar in style to Fat Duck, in that it's highly stylized and I guess the word is 'thematic' instead of emphasizing the ingredients? I thought I would like FD more since Alinea is our favorite restaurant and Azurmendi is also high on our list and both are sorta molecular in spots, but I felt detached from the Duck meal after a while.
What do you say, cancel Mugaritz or no? We would likely either pick up one of the three stars like MB or maybe Arzak (though none of the 3*s look all that appealing) or maybe search for something more slow-food oriented like Ibai (where we have reservations) or Elkano, or perhaps something in Donibane/Pasajes San Juan.