For the true culinary enthusiast it can be appreciated that you have not truely experienced a destination until you have tasted it. And by tasted I mean sampling the cuisine of top local restaurants, Michelin star style.
This offers a complete sensory experience in your travel destination, connecting you not only with the culture, but also with flavours, smells, interactions and the exquisite culinary skills of chefs in your local surroundings. Travel search engine GoEuro recently compiled a European Michelin Star Restaurant Tour that caters to the cuisine loving, luxury traveler. The tour spans 11 restaurants and 9 countries across Europe, connecting you with extraordinary destinations and taste sensations as you go.
Known for being one of the best dining regions in Europe, San Sebastian, Spain is host to two Michelin star restaurants recommended on the tour. Chef Andoni Luis Aduriz’s artistically inspired Mugaritz is the first on the tour. Offering an improvised experience in dining there is no menu and the 24 courses are expertly tailored to the diner. Arzak restaurant, the second stop in San Sebastian, introduces you to Juan Mari Arzak. As a master of the new Basque cuisine movement and one of the top Michelin chefs in the world, Azark is a known pilgrimage for true cuisine connoisseurs, evident in the restaurant’s three month wait time for reservations.
Traveling on to the refreshing surroundings of France’s Azure Coast the tour’s third stop takes you to Chef Patron Mauro Colagreco’s two Michelin star restaurant Mirazur in Menton. Loose in cuisine style, but known for infusing the citrusy flavours of the region that inspire happiness in each bite – Mirazur has easily earned its Michelin titles. While in the area I can also recommend visiting Chateau Eza for a dining highlight. A short hop up from the Mediterranean coast then lands you in Alba, Italy at Bruno Ceretto’s formidable Michelin three star restaurant Piazzo Duomo. Be sure to appreciate the local wine and truffles while in the region too.
Moving up the continent the tour then moves through Austria, Czech Republic and Germany. Dine on the banks of Vienna’s Wien River at restaurant Steirereck, then up to Alcron in Prague and across to Aqua in Wolfsburg, Germany.
The Netherlands and Belgium are also not forgotten on this grand tour. You’re invited to move on to meet Chef Fred Mustert for a taste of refined, simple flavours at the restaurant of his first name in Rotterdam. Leading Belgian dining establishment De Karmeliet is then the ninth stop, but get in quick as this well loved three Michelin star restaurant will be closing its doors soon with new ventures in mind for Chef Geert Van Heecke.
And what would a high cuisine tour be without a stop in both Paris and London. L’astrance is waiting for you in Paris where diners decide on their number of courses and the rest is up to the kitchen, which serves up French, Asian and South Pacific infused flavours under the helm of Chef Pascal Barbot. The grand finale lands this gourmande traveler in London’s Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester. Why not go all out and take the central table surrounded by a fibre optic curtain and enjoy the modern French haute cuisine to your heart’s desire.
For further Michelin star dining inspiration a favourite is Monte Carlo’s Marcel Ravin at the Blue Bay. Or for luxurious hotel and dining experiences The Enoteca La Torre Restaurant at Rome’s Villa Laetitia and the Silver Restaurant at 7132 Hotel in Switzerland are also sure to please.
(Photo above courtesy of Steirereck GmbH)
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