Michelin unveils the new selection in the 2018 Michelin Guide Spain & Portugal. This year, two new restaurants receive three stars: ABaC, in Barcelona, where chef Jordi Cruz captivates his customers with intelligently designed and very technical dishes, and Aponiente in El Puerto de Santa María, where chef Ángel LEON, a true visionary, creates new flavours using extraordinary techniques, great inventiveness and a passion for sea products. Led by two creative chefs, ABaC and Aponiente each offer customers an experience that worth the journey.
Michael Ellis, International Director in charge of the Michelin Guides, comments: “With two new three-star restaurants, Spain shows what an important place the country has in the world’s gastronomic landscape.”
The three-star restaurants Akelaŕe, Arzak, Azurmendi, DiverXO, El Celler from Can Roca, Lasarte, Martín Berasategui, Quique Dacosta and Sant Pau keep their stars this year.
The 2018 Michelin Guide Spain & Portugal selection has a total of 20 new two-star establishments, with 15 in Spain and 5 in Portugal. Among the newly starred restaurants are: Maralba in Almansa (Albacete), where chef Fran Martinez offers regionally inspired cuisine and surprises with the talent he employs in his vision of the produce combined with great technical skill; Dos Cielos in Barcelona, where brothers Sergio and Javier Torres serve creative food that perfectly masters the blends of flavours, and Disfrutar, also in Barcelona. Chefs Eduard Xatruch, Oriol Castro and Mateu Casanas, trained in the kitchens of elBulli, united their forces and talents in this restaurant where fantasy and creativity underpin a cuisine that is distinguished by the great purity of flavours. In Madrid, the restaurant Coque also gets a second star: in this new space that increases and elevates the customer experience, Mario Sandoval and his brothers continue to offer the wonderful cuisine they previously offered when their restaurant was in Humanes de Madrid. Finally, Cabaña Buenavista in El Palmar (Murcia) also earns a second star this year – chef Pablo Gonzalez offers excellent technical dishes, with refined presentation and very precise flavours.
177 establishments receive one star in the 2018 Michelin Guide Spain & Portugal, including 17 new restaurants in Spain and 2 in Portugal.
In Andalusia, the restaurants Alevante in Chiclana de la Frontera / Novo Sancti Petri in Cadiz and Bardal in Ronda (Malaga) receive one star, as does the restaurant Caelis, which has just moved, and Enigma, both in Barcelona, and Castell Peralada (Peralada) a restaurant in the towers of a magnificent medieval castle in Girona.
In the heart of Madrid, two restaurants have been awarded one star: La Candela Restò where chef Samy Ali Rando offers fusion cuisine, and Cebo, the Urban hotel restaurant, where chef Aurelio Morales serves food that combines the flavours of Madrid and Catalonia.
In the Basque Country, two establishments receive one star this year: Amelia in San Sebastián (Guipúzcoa) and Eneko in Larrabetzu (Biscay), where the kitchen is supervised by Eneko Atxa.
Three establishments in the Valencia region have been awarded one star: Sucede, in Valencia itself, along with Audrey’s by Rafa Soler (Calp) and El Rodat (Xàbia), both in the province of Alicante.
Finally, La Bicicleta in Hoznayo (Cantabria), El Doncel in Sigüenza (Castile-La Mancha), Trigo in Valladolid (Castile and León), Kiro Sushi in Logroño (La Rioja), and Nub in La Laguna in Tenerife all also received one star.
This year 2 restaurants in Portugal receive their first star: Gusto, in Almancil, which offers dishes with Mediterranean and international influences, and Vista, in Praia da Rocha (Portimão), where the cuisine showcases regional and local produce from the sea.
Finally, as proof of the growing success of the Bib Gourmand award, this edition of the Michelin Guide includes 289 establishments (252 in Spain and 37 in Portugal), 43 of which receive the distinction for the first time.