The Michelin Guide for Spain and Portugal was announced last week with the big news being that Spain now boasts two new restaurants with three Michelin stars: Aponiente and ABaC.
“With two new three-star restaurants, Spain shows what an important place the country has in the world’s gastronomic landscape,” said Michelin’s international director Michael Ellis in a statement. The Michelin Guide to Spain & Portugal 2018 was announced at a decadent gala hosted at the Ritz-Carlton Abama Hotel in Guía de Isora, Tenerife, home to two of the island’s Michelin-starred restaurants.
There are four new restaurants in Spain with two Michelin stars – Cabaña Buenavista, Disfrutar, Dos Cielos and Maralba – and 17 new establishments with one star.
The ‘three-star club’ in Spain has two new members: ABaC in Barcelona and Aponiente in Cadiz, Andalucia – making just eleven members of the exclusive band. Three stars in the Michelin guide denotes a restaurant that serves exceptional cuisine, definitely worth a trip.
Spain now has a total of 11 three-starred Michelin restaurants: Akelarre, Arzak, Azurmendi, DiverXO, El Celler de Can Roca, Lasarte, Martin Berasategui en Guipúzcoa, Quique Dacosta, Sant Pau.
Here in Andalucia if you are looking for a Michelin starred establishment there are plenty to choose from with four in Marbella alone.
Michelin Stars in Andalucia:
- Aponiente, El Puerto de Santa María, 3 stars (NEW)
- Alevante, Cádiz, 1 star (NEW)
- Bardal, Ronda, 1 star (NEW)
- Noor, Córdoba, 1 star
- Dani García, Marbella, 2 stars
- Kabuki Raw, Casares, 1 star
- Choco, Córdoba, 1 star
- La Costa, El Ejido, 1 star
- Sollo, Fuengirola, 1 star
- Acanthum, Huelva, 1 star
- José Carlos García, Málaga, 1 star
- El Lago, Marbella, 1 star
- Messina, Marbella, 1 star
- Skina, Marbella, 1 star
- Alejandro, Roquetas de Mar, 1 star
- Abantal, Sevilla, 1 star
Spanish cuisine is amazingly diverse and even if you aren’t looking for a Michelin starred establishment there are plenty of places along the coast and inland that make for a tantalizing tasty evening.