Two of the best restaurants in Spain have just won 3 Michelin stars

Two restaurants at Spain probably had one of their best nights last night.

During a ceremony announcing the selections of the Michelin Guide in Spain and Portugalboth establishments have been elevated to the coveted three-star status. atriumin the city of Cáceres, and Cocina Hermanos Torres in Barcelona both achieved the highest ranking, which means that the two countries now have 13 three Michelin stars.

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“Our 2023 edition of Michelin Guide perfectly illustrates the growing excellence, creativity and audacity of the Spanish and Portuguese culinary landscapes”, Gwendal Poullennec, the international director of the guides said in a statement. “We’ve been thrilled to see how young chefs are stepping forward and embarking on their own journeys, in many cases flying the flag of reinterpreted regional or fusion cuisines.”

In Atrio, chef Toño Pérez concocts dishes centered on Iberian pork and the natural riches of the Extremadura region. Meanwhile, at Cocina Hermanos Torres, chefs Sergio and Javier Torres use the best seasonal produce in a “to eat extravagance,” the Michelin Guide said in a statement.

Atrio's wine cellar

Atrio’s wine cellar

Elsewhere in the 2023 guide, three restaurants upgraded to two-star rating. Madrid’s Deesa serves Mediterranean-inspired dishes; The Pepe Vieira de Serpe is a country place showcasing “the latest cuisine in the world”, as it is said; and El Rincón de Juan Carlos de Tenerife focuses on traditional Canary Island cuisine. In total, there are now 41 two-star restaurants throughout Spain and Portugal, 34 in Spain and 7 in Portugal.

In the one-star category, 34 new restaurants were added to the list, including 29 in Spain and five in Portugal. Cuisines run the gamut, but the guide specifically highlighted the strong presence of Japanese restaurants in Portugal and the inclusion of vegan cuisine, which is rather new in the foodie space. Overall, there are 235 one-star restaurants in the most recent guide: 203 in Spain, 31 in Portugal and one in Andorra.

That’s a lot of ground to cover, so plan your next epicurean Iberian trip accordingly. Here are the 13 three-star restaurants.

Three Michelin Star Restaurants in Spain

  • Barcelona: ABAC

  • Barcelona: Cocina Hermanos Torres (new)

  • Barcelona: Lasarte

  • Caceres: Atrio (new)

  • Denia: Quique Dacosta

  • Donostia/San Sebastian: Arzak

  • Donostia/San Sebastian: Akelaŕe

  • El Puerto de Santa María: Aponiente

  • Girona: El Celler de Can Roca

  • Larrabetzu: Azurmendi

  • Lasarte/Oria: Martin Berasategui

  • Madrid: DiverXO

  • Villaverde de Pontones: Cenador de Amos

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