Elkano: Best Turbot in Basque Country

Located in the idyllic fishing town of Getaria, Elkano is one of Basque Country’s best fish restaurants to savour turbot. Its specialty turbot dish, cooked whole on an open-air charcoal parrilla grill outside the restaurant, is served on the bone with sea salt and olive oil.

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Tickets, Barcelona

Tickets, a one-star Michelin tapas bar opened by the world’s most influential modern chefs Ferran and Albert Adrià, is often revered as a pilgrim culinary pitstop in Barcelona, Spain, as it lends gastronomy devotees a small footing into the world of its legendary three-star preceder ElBulli (which closed in 2011). With Tickets, chef Albert Adrià imagined a very different…

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Etxebarri: Temple of Grill in Basque Country

Chef Arguinzoniz’s shokunin-like approach to ingredients and wood-fired grilling is worth the most arduous of journeys. Our meal here made us reconsider the way we look at the flavour potential of vegetables and seafood, and how sometimes simple is best. 

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Sushisho Masa – “Best Sushi in Tokyo?”

Popularised by the internet foodie community as one of the best sushi restaurants in Japan that “serves a lot of food”, Sushisho Masa – a 7-seater edomae style sushiya located in the heart of Tokyo’s upscale Nishi Azabu district – gained the attention of global audiences when prominent YouTube duo Simon and Martina Stawski, shared a ‘vlog’ of themselves each eating their way through more than 40 servings of sushi at the restaurant in 2013. Is this the “best sushi in Tokyo?” – Here are 5 things to take note before visiting:

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1* Michelin Tokyo: Sushi Iwa

Not all hope is lost in the pursuit of dining at the temples of Tokyo’s sushi gods. Plenty of Michelin-standard and underrated sushiyas, tucked away in the streets or basements of anonymous buildings in the capital, welcome tourists and first-time diners. One such restaurant is Sushi Iwa いわ, a 1 Michelin-starred sushiya by owner-chef Hisayoshi Iwa who trained at Sushi Kanesaka, a celebrated institution which has produced a legion of sushi masters, including Takashi Saito (Sushi Saito).

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Andaz Tavern: Modern provincial kitchen in the heart of Tokyo

Unlike what you would typically expect of flagship restaurants in luxury hotels, Andaz Tavern’s menu echoes a down-to-earth approach, featuring locally and regionally sourced produce cooked with the customer’s heart and soul in mind. It draws inspiration from classic European homestyle dishes that many can identify with – from Italian-style risottos to French duck leg confit and beef bourguignon – and shakes things up with Japanese influences in cooking and aesthetics.

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1* Michelin Tokyo: Tempura Motoyoshi

Nestled within a basement corner of the Minami-Aoyama residential district in Tokyo is Tempura master Kazuhito Motoyoshi’s playground for deep-fried artistry, the one Michelin-starred Tempura Motoyoshi restaurant. Often revered as the benchmark for exceptional tempura, owner and chef Motoyoshi’s finesse and dedication to detail in his restaurant is both iconic and exemplary. From the choice of grandeur…

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