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Spain tops World’s 50 Best Restaurants List

Disfrutar restaurant

Spain’s gastronomical offerings improve year-on-year. For the much-awaited World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2024, Spain not only had 5 restaurants on the list, it took top spot with Disfrutar in Barcelona.

Disfrutar is a Michelin three-starred restaurant and last year ranked 2nd in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. The restaurant owned by Oriol Castro, Eduard Xatruch and Mateu Casañas who all worked at the famous El Bulli.

“We want to dedicate this award to all those who work every day for the gastronomy of our land and to our entire team, who got up very early to go to Disfrutar,” said Eduard.

The restaurant opened in 2014 and has two tasting menus of 30 courses which combine the traditional with the avant garde. As the World’s Best website says, “Regardless of the chosen menu, one thing is certain: you will have the dining experience of a lifetime.”

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Disfrutar wasn’t the only Spanish restaurant in the top 5 positions, it was joined by Asador Etxebarri in second place and DiverXo in fourth.

Asador Etxebarri is in the peaceful Basque village of Axpe, Vizcaya. A Michelin-starred restaurant, it has both a la carte and tasting menus. Everything is cooked on the grill, including the ice cream. The chef Victor Arguinzoniz emphasises the natural flavours of the ingredients.

Madrid is the location for DiverXo where the chef Dabiz Muñoz describes his cuisine as hedonistic, creative and unpredictable. The World’s Best website says, “Everything at this restaurant is a piece of art.” As the World’s Best Sommelier 2023, Miguel Ángel Millán, is also based at the restaurant, you know you’ll get a superb wine selection to accompany your meal.

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Valencia also represented

Valencia is proud of Quique Dacosta and his eponymous restaurant. Fish, seafood and rice are key incredients as he pays homage to Valencian cuisine. “His 2024 tasting menu, Por Amor al Arte II (For the Love of Art II), aims to stimulate diners’ feelings and emotions with a harmonious and sensitive approach.”

The Basque region has a second entry on the list with Elkano. Again focusing on grilled food, the signature dish here is turbot, which is grilled whole. The traditional Basque fish stew Kokotxas features on the tasting menu.

Full World’s Best Restaurants 2024 list

  1. Disfrutar, Barcelona, Spain
  2. Asador Etxebarri, Axpe, Vizcaya, Spain
  3. Table By Bruno Verjus, París, France
  4. DiverXo, Madrid, Spain
  5. Maido, Lima, Perú.
  6. Atomix, New York, USA
  7. Quintonil, Ciudad de México, México
  8. Alchemist, Copenhagen, Denmark
  9. Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand
  10. Don Julio, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  11. Septime, París, France
  12. Lido 84, Fasano del Garda, Italy
  13. Trésind Studio, Dubai, UAE
  14. Quique Dacosta, Denia, Spain
  15. Sézanne, Tokyo, Japan
  16. Kjolle, Lima, Perú
  17. Kol, Londres, Gran Bretaña
  18. Plenitude, París, France
  19. Reale, Castel di Sangro, Italy
  20. Wing, Hong Kong, China
  21. Florilège, Tokio, Japan
  22. Steirereck, Viena, Austria
  23. Sühring, Bangkok, Thailand
  24. Odette, Singapore, Singapore
  25. El Chato, Bogotá, Colombia
  26. The Chairman, Hong Kong, China
  27. A Casa do Porco, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  28. 28Elkano, Guetaria, Guipúzcoa, Spain
  29. Boragó, Santiago de Chile, Chile
    30. Restaurant Time Raue, Berlín, Germany
  30. Belcanto, Lisbon, Portugal
  31. Den, Tokyo, Japan
  32. Pujol, México City, México
  33. Rosetta, México City, México
  34. Frantzén, Stockholm, Sweden
  35. The Jane, Antwerp, Belgium
  36. Oteque, Río de Janeiro, Brasil
  37. Sorn, Bangkok, Thailand
  38. Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy
  39. Le Du, Bangkok, Thailand
  40. Mayta, Lima, Perú
  41. Ikoyi, London, UK
  42. Nobelhart & Schmutzig, Berlín, Germany
  43. Mingles, Seúl, Korea
  44. Arpège, Paris, France
  45. Singlethread, California, USA
  46. Schloss Schauenstein, Fürstenau, Switzerland
  47. Hia Franko, Kobarid, Slovenia
  48. La Colombe, Cape Town. South Africa
  49. Uliassi, Senigallia, Italy


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