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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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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1* Michelin Singapore: Tai Hwa Hill Street Pork Noodles

Just as how fried chicken, cornbread and collard greens maketh a staple meal for Southerners in the United States, bak chor mee (minced meat with noodles) is my Singapore soul food. Having lived in Singapore for all 26 years of my life, my familiarity with bak chor mee began from a young age. At under 5 years old, I developed a premature fondness…

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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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