Spain Repsol Restaurant Guide 2012

During Thanksgiving, the 2012 Micheline guide for Spain and Portugal was released to public. As mentioned in this post it was a big disappointment, it was hard to believe that  Mugaritz, Atrio, Calima or Quique Dacosta did not get their 3rd start. Or what about the new Albert Adria restaurant in Barcelona Tickets and 41 degrees they did not even get 1 star.

In addition, as mentioned in mouthfulsfood forum by multiple members  the Micheline guide undervaluates traditional spanish food. It is true, in Madrid there is no traditional restaurants recognized with a Start. Definitely Mr Michelin overestimates French style high-end food and service, and Madrid and South of Spain the “high-end” service attention is not our strength ( while the food definitely IS )

Long Story short, if you visit Spain I would not recommend you to follow only the Micheline guide. Specially if you want to discover traditional and cool emerging places there is an other guide for you: The Repsol guide.

The 2012 Repsol guide was release just a few weeks in San Sebastian Grastronomika  and it uses Suns ( Soles ), instead of Stars ( Estrellas ). There are more Soles than Estrellas, and in my opinion reflects the Spanish gastronomy in a more accurate way.

What is more the Repsol guide is available in iPad and iPhone version for free, and via web at http://www.guiarepsol.com/es_es/gastronomia/

This year 3 new restaurants were awarded with the maximun award, 3 soles:

  • Arrop (Valencia), de Ricard Camarena. 
  • Nerua (Bilbao), de Josean Alija;
  • Ramón Freixa (Madrid), de Ramón Freixa,

I’m specially happy about Ricard and Arrop, that we visited at the beginning of 2011 and was one of the highlight  of the year with their Arroz de caracoles sin caracoles or this beautiful dessert:

Arrop Restaurant - Valencia, Spain-7895.jpg

So remember if you plan a visit to Spain, make sure you have this Repsol application handy if you want to discover the most interesting part of the Spanish gastronomy,

Here you can find all the Restaurants in Madrid, where I used to live, with a Sun, most of them would have at least 1 start if they were outside of Spain.:

MADRID
  • DIVERXO (Madrid) 3 SOLES
  • LA TERRAZA DEL CASINO (Madrid) 3 SOLES
  • RAMON FREIXA (Madrid) 3 SOLES
  • SANTCELONI (Madrid) 3 SOLES
  • SERGI AROLA GASTRO (Madrid) 3 SOLES
  • ASTRID & GASTÓN 2 SOLES
  • CASA JOSÉ (Aranjuez) 2 SOLES
  • COQUE (Humanes) 2 SOLES
  • EL BODEGÓN (Madrid) 2 SOLES
  • EL CLUB ALLARD (Madrid) 2 SOLES
  • EL OSO (Madrid) 2 SOLES
  • GOIZEKO WELLINGTON (Madrid) 2 SOLES
  • HORCHER (Madrid) 2 SOLES
  • KABUKI WELLINGTON (Madrid) 2 SOLES
  • LA TASQUITA DE ENFRENTE (Madrid) 2 SOLES
  • O’PAZO (Madrid) 2 SOLES
  • RODRIGO DE LA CALLE (Aranjuez) 2 SOLES
  • RUBAIYAT (BABY BEEF) (Madrid) 2 SOLES
  • SACHA (Botillería y Fogón) (Madrid) 2 SOLES
  • VIRIDIANA (Madrid) 2 SOLES
  • ZALACAÍN (Madrid) 2 SOLES
  • ALDABA (Madrid) 1 SOL
  • ARCE (Madrid) 1 SOL
  • ARS VIVENDI (Majadahonda) 1 SOL
  • ARZÁBAL (Madrid) 1 SOL
  • ASIANA (Madrid) 1 SOL
  • CASA D’A TROYA (Madrid) 1 SOL
  • CASA LUCIO (Madrid) 1 SOL
  • CHIRÓN (Valdemoro) 1 SOL
  • DANTXARI (Madrid) 1 SOL
  • LAVINIA (Madrid) 1 SOL
  • MANZONI (La Moraleja) 1 SOL
  • NIKKEI 225 (Madrid) 1 SOL
  • NODO (Madrid) 1 SOL
  • 99 SUSHI BAR (Madrid) 1 SOL
  • PEDRO LARUMBE (Madrid) 1 SOL
  • PIÑERA (Madrid) 1 SOL
  • RAFA (Madrid) 1 SOL
  • REALCAFÉ BERNABÉU (Madrid) 1 SOL
  • SANTO TOMÁS (Alcalá de Henares) 1 SOL
  • SANXENXO (Madrid) 1 SOL
  • SUDESTADA (Madrid) 1 SOL
  • TABERNA GAZTELUPE (Madrid) 1 SOL
  • TÁMARA – LORENZO (Madrid) 1 SOL
  • TEATRO REAL (Madrid) 1 SOL
  • VIAVÉLEZ PUERTO (Madrid) 1 SOL
  • EL PARAGUAS (Madrid) 1 SOL
  • EL PESCADOR (Madrid) 1 SOL
  • DON GIOVANNI (Madrid) 1 SOL
  • ARS VIVENDI (Majadahonda) 1 SOL
  • EL CHAFLÁN (Madrid) 1 SOL
  • EL CENADOR DE SALVADOR (Moralzarzal) 1 SOL
  • EL MESÓN DE DOÑA FILO (Colmenar del Arroyo) 1 SOL
  • EUROPA DECÓ (Madrid) 1 SOL
  • GOYA (Madrid) 1 SOL
  • JOCKEY (Madrid) 1 SOL
  • LA BIBLIOTECA DE SANTO MAURO (Madrid) 1 SOL
  • LA BROCHE (Madrid) 1 SOL
  • LA DORADA (Madrid) 1 SOL
  • LA MANDUCA DE AZAGRA (Madrid) 1 SOL
  • LA MÁQUINA DE LA MORALEJA (La Moraleja) 1 SOL
  • LA PALOMA (Madrid) 1 SOL

And some of the restaurants in that list are not even of Spanish cuisine, for example Kabuki or 99 Sushi, Sushi places that will make New York ones to cry. But that desserves its own post… In the mean time, eat this!

Kabuki Japanese - Madrid, Spain-4097.jpg

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