Restaurants, Spain

Mugaritz

Buckle your seat belts and wear stretchy pants.  Mugaritz is the 6th best restaurant in the world and has two Michelin stars.  The restaurant, which is located in a renovated farmhouse, is about a 20 minute drive from the center of San Sebastián.  The four hour dinner consisted of 23 courses that demanded the use of all of my senses.  Each course had different flavors, textures, colors, and smells; some dishes, I questioned whether it was even edible.  Each course added to the overall story of the dinner.  It was truly the most creative and imaginative dinners I’ve ever experienced.  I’m a pretty adventurous eater but this was on another level.

My favorite dish was the empanada with chorizo steam.  The actual empanada shell was empty but when you took a bite, there was an overwhelming flavor of chorizo.  It was wild.  We couldn’t figure out how they got the flavor in there!  The other dish that stood out was the eel mousse with edible flowers and fork.  Not only was it delicious (the saltiness from the eel mousse, the bitterness from the flowers and the sweetness from the fork); it was a work of art.  The only one I wasn’t a fan of was the horse tongue.  I did give it a try but I couldn’t get over what I was eating.  What I loved about the whole dinner was that the dishes made you think.  Whether it was asking yourself what am I eating?  Or how did they make this?

I can honestly say that even after eating grasshoppers in Thailand, live octopus in Korea, and random pig parts in feijoada from Brazil, the dinner at Mugaritz was the most memorable and the most adventurous meals.  It was the best ending to our epic trip to San Sebastián and I feel so fortunate to have gotten the chance to experience this.