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Arzak, San Sebastián

273 Avenida Alcalde José Elosegui
San Sebastián
Tel: 34 943 278 465's insider take:

For foodies, a visit to this Michelin-starred cathedral of haute cuisine is a necessary pilgrimage. Juan Mari Arzak (who runs the kitchen with his daughter Elena, a celebrated chef in her own right) is known as the father of Spain's modern gastronomy movement. Since the late 1970s, Arzak has served as a mentor to younger chefs while continuing to expand the nueva cocina (nouvelle cuisine) he helped define. His poached egg with truffle oil, crisp bread crumbs, and a mash of txistorra (local sausage seasoned with paprika and garlic) is a winning blend of strong flavors. Seafood dishes made with tender baby squid or perfectly moist marinated bonito are sublime. Your meal here will be expensive—and worth every euro.

Closed Sundays and Mondays.

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