While the Michelin Guide to Spain and Portugal 2017 didn't present any major surprises, it was notable for the first new three star restaurant across the two countries since the 2014 guide, when Madrid's Diver XO claimed its third star.
Lasarte in Barcelona opened in 2006 and has held two Michelin stars since 2010, but this year it has joined eight other restaurants round Spain's illustrious three Michelin star table. The award is also significant in that chef-owner Martín Berasategui now has two, three Michelin star restaurants (the other is his eponymous eatery, in the Basque town of Lasarte-Oria) along with the two star M.B. in Tenerife. That's eight stars in total, more than any other Spanish chef.
Chef de cuisine at Lasarte is Paolo Casagrande and below we present a selection of dishes from the restaurant that amply demonstrate just what all the fuss is all about. Get ready for some serious food porn.
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Red sea prawn on a seabed, fennel and coral emulsion
Wagyu carpaccio with extract of tarragon and iodised salad
Crayfish a la vanilla on a rice cream, black cherry, lime and bottarga
Charcoal grilled pigeon with citrus, capers, black olive and smoked sauce with galangal
Wild sea bass, mantis shrimp broth on a vegetable chlorophyll and truffle mayonnaise
Scarlet shrimp Royal with red curry, raw artichokes, celery and apple
Gin-tonic rested on mint, cucumber, lemon and crunchy apple
Cocoa, fermented black garlic, raspberry and muscovado sugar
Black sesame gianduja