Rating: Exceptional
World's best turbot at Elkano

World's best turbot at Elkano

World's best turbot at Elkano

I thought I knew something about fish until I met up with Aitor Arregi, who heads the kitchen at Elkano, a seafood restaurant in Getaria on the Cantabrian Sea. Aitor is the son of the late Pedro Arregi, who founded Elkano in the 1960s and developed his own pioneering ways…

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Mar '18
17th-generation tea master Fuyuko Kobori

17th-generation tea master Fuyuko Kobori

17th-generation tea master Fuyuko Kobori

If you have ever witnessed a Japanese tea ceremony, then you know that it is a very special event. Unfortunately, many Westerners think the ceremony is just a fancy way to drink tea. As Fuyuko Kobori, a 17th-generation tea master and one of the rare women to attain this position…

27
Feb '18
Kouji Kimura: the genius of extreme fish aging

Kouji Kimura: the genius of extreme fish aging

Kouji Kimura: the genius of extreme fish aging

“As fresh as it can be” is one of the most common pre-conceptions about sushi. Sushi masters in Tokyo have the world’s greatest seafood market to buy their fish, but often, depending on the fish or seafood they would mature it before serving to their guests. Yet few of the…

23
Feb '18
Sushi Sugita

Sushi Sugita

Sushi Sugita

Images from my visit to Sushi Sugita last October. Some older articles I’ve written about Takaaki Sugita can be found here, here and here. He is a sushi master with a soul, who never ceases to evolve and is definitely my favorite.

17
Feb '18
Chambre Séparée, Gent

Chambre Séparée, Gent

Chambre Séparée, Gent

With the very recent opening of Chambre Separée in Ghent, Kobe Desramaults, one of the most talented and one of my favorite chefs in Europe is continuing his work he had started at In de Wulf. The new sleek location is miles away from the rustic farmhouse, where In de…

19
Nov '17
Frantzén

Frantzén

Frantzén

My first time at Frantzén was in 2012 when it was still called Frantzén/Lindeberg. Cutting edge “New Nordic” cuisine was at its peak back then, but Bjorn Frantzén was one of the few Scandinavian chefs who didn’t follows the fashionable trends religiously, instead,he always focused on what was the most…

14
Nov '17
Hoshinoya Tokyo: a ryokan in the city

Hoshinoya Tokyo: a ryokan in the city

Hoshinoya Tokyo: a ryokan in the city

I first discovered Hoshino Resorts’ riverside Hoshinoya Kyoto a few years ago while filming “Foodies: the culinary jet set” documentary. Set in a century-old renovated villa against the backdrop of Arashiyama district’s leafy forests, this updated ryokan (guesthouse) is a haven of peace and traditional Japanese hospitality. Since then, I…

8
Nov '17
Été by Natsuko Shoji

Été by Natsuko Shoji

Été by Natsuko Shoji

On my last trip to Japan, I had the rare opportunity to dine at été, the invitation-only restaurant owned by Natsuko Shoji, a young and talented Japanese chef. I discovered her on social media through colorful snapshots of her cakes, which are inspired by iconic fashion accessories like the quilted…

7
Nov '17
Etxebarri

Etxebarri

Etxebarri

Images from Etxebarri, still my number one restaurant in Europe (last visited in June 2017). The cooking style is not that rustic as it used to be and has become somehow more sophisticated (with more international staff in the kitchen). Etxebarri Plaza de San Juan, 148291 Atxondo, Bizkaia, SpainTel.: +34…

6
Nov '17
Los Marinos José

Los Marinos José

Los Marinos José

Another worth a special trip seafood temple in Andalucia. Los Marinos José Paseo Marítimo Rey de España,161, 29640 Fuengirola, Málaga, SpainTel. +34 952 66 10 12losmarinosjose.com

4
Nov '17