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Grande Cuisine is a fairly new culinary trend that has been escalating within the years. This is the type of cuisine practiced in high end hotels and most Michelin star restaurants. It is most common because of the use of products with extreme good quality; detailed, artistic presentations; and the most complex and refined recipes. Within the last 50 years the well known Basque Chefs have been working towards this type of cuisine, making the Basque Country (specially San Sebastián), a well known tourist destination for those who like indulging on fine dining. The Basque Country is home to over 40 restaurants with Michelin stars.
Here is a list of the most common Restaurants with Michelin Stars in the Basque Country:
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Healthy Eating and Superfoods
Healthy eating and the use of superfoods is a culinary trend worldwide. I have been living in Spain for 10 years now and it has always been hard to find a place to just eat a clean healthy meal, low in calories and stuffed with super foods. Within the years I have seen more bars and cafés implementing smoothies, juices, lean sandwiches and healthier delicacies in their menu.
In the culinary world we have seen loads of different gastronomy merging and creating a fusion between one or more cuisines. Not a very common thing in the Basque Country but within the years you can definitely see the globalisation of gastronomy in Basque dishes.
You can find pintxos with Bao bread filled with duck or head to a fusion restaurant like Topa Sukalderia in San Sebastián, which merges Mexican and traditional Basque cuisines; Restaurante Elosta which merges Japanese and Basque cuisines; and Bar Nikkei which is a fusion between Japanese and Peruvian cuisine.
Vegetarian and Vegan Cuisines
If you are vegetarian or vegan and you have travelled to Spain before you would know how hard it is to enjoy a lovely meal in a restaurant. The number of vegetarian and vegan restaurants in this region of Spain is not high but it is becoming more and more popular within the years.
Here is a list of really good vegetarian or vegan restaurants in the Basque Country:
Black Salad, Vitoria (Vegan Restaurant)
Km O, San Sebastián (Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurant)
Maiatza, San Sebastián (Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurant)
El Pastor de Gorbea, Berriz (Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurant)
Mapa Verde, Donostia (Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurant)
El Curry Verde, Hondarribi (Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurant)
Sirimiri, San Sebastián (Vegetarian and Vegan Options)
Rekalde, San Sebastián (Vegetarian and Vegan Options)
Donostidog, San Sebastián (Vegetarian and Vegan Options)