OPINIONATED About Dining (OAD), the respected and prestigious American gastronomy blog, has put forward their list of the 100 best restaurants in the world and 10 of these fine establishments are located in Spain.
The blog’s list saw these Spanish restaurants achieve the exalted and coveted position on the Top 100 Classical & Heritage Restaurants 2016, undoubtedly cementing their status as world-class eateries not only for the European community, but also for international gourmands.
The top position in the poll for a Spanish restaurant is 42nd place and occupied by the famous Basque eatery Kaia Kaipe, in the port of Getaria, lauded to have the best cellars of Old Rioja in the Basque region.
It is followed by Madrid restaurant Santceloni, at the Hotel Hesperia in 47th place, and Casa Gerardo, run by father and son team in Prendes, Asturias, in 57th place.
Next in 59th place is the Barcelona restaurant Rias de Galicia, which specialises in high-quality seafood and, in 70th place, is the family-run hotel/restaurant Echaurren, based in Ezcaray, the heart of the Rioja Region.
Following in 75th place is another Barcelona eatery called Hispania, open since the 1950’s with their menu of classic Catalan dishes. Fine-dining Basque restaurant, Zuberoa, is in 86th place, and Combarro, based in Madrid and famed for the amazing selection of sea-products in its front window, is in 91st place.
The 93rd place on the list is occupied by San Sebastian restaurants Rekondo, with a cellar that includes vintages from the early 20th century, and Akelare, overlooking the Bay of Biscay.
According to the OAD list, the world’s top 2016 restaurant has been opined to be Michel Bras Toya, located in the Windsor Hotel Toya in Japan. It is this restaurant, serving the finest French cuisine using local Japanese seafood and produce, that has earned coveted first place.