Martín Berasategui’s embassy at the Condes de Barcelona hotel has become one of the essential restaurants not only in the city but in all of Catalonia and Spain, where people flock to marvel at the creativity of the chef. The sampling menu is a treat that everyone should have the chance to enjoy, at least once in a lifetime, and if possible, once a year. Such excellence has earned the Lasarte the top prize in the restaurant world, and as of November 2016 the restaurant is the first in Barcelona to boast three Michelin stars. In addition to Berasategui, the man responsible for the day-to-day operations is Italian chef Paolo Casagrande. His elegance and creativity are seen in dishes such as apple millefeuille, foie gras, and European eel, and the surprising aesthetic of the dishes never surpasses the combination of amazing flavours.
Year after year Catalonia shows it can swing with the big boys in the restaurant world, and what better way to prove it than with the prestigous Michelin award. From sea to mountain, with traditional and signature cuisine, Catalonia boasts 54 restaurants in 2017 with one or more of the coveted stars (awarded every November). These are spots that will always leave your taste buds dancing, but remember you may have to book well in advance, and don't forget to bring a credit card (or two).