⭐️⭐️⭐️ Azurmendi, Bilbao, Spain

A three michelin starred restaurant ranked 26 in the top 50 world’s best San Pellegrino’s list came through as slightly underwhelming after my lunch there this week. Don’t get me wrong, its a good restaurant, but good is no longer enough. I tend to look for and appreciate restaurants that have the ability to impress and make me want to return.

Despite the highly coveted stars awarded, there were some misses. First of all, there were no course I particularly love. The preparation methods were technically correct, however, seasoning was an issue. Some dishes were too salty (even the waiter agreed). There was one course I particularly dislike – the hake. The sauce made it slimy and the texture unpleasant to consume. Plus, it completely lacked in flavor. Everything was aesthetically pleasing though. Hands down to beautiful presentation.

Even though Azurmendi did not satisfy me on the food-front, the experience was pleasant. I really like the “entertainment” aspect of it all starting from the visit to the garden and sampling creations hidden among the floral in the glasshouse. This was followed up by a picnic basket delivered to the lobby area. It was very cute and brings up fond memories of the “picnic” at Eleven Madison Park a three stars establishment in New York run by Daniel Humm and ranking 4th in the world (11mp is a whole different level though).

I don’t think i have to discuss the service and price? High price, impeccable service reflecting the standard of the restaurant.

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