News & Views 1 minute 24 November 2017

2018 MICHELIN Guide Spain And Portugal Launched

Restaurants ABaC and Aponiente receive glowing three stars.

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The 2018 MICHELIN guide Spain And Portugal was launched and top of the news are two new restaurants who have received three stars: ABaC, in Barcelona, where chef Jordi Cruz captivates his customers with intelligently designed and very technical dishes, and Aponiente in El Puerto de Santa María, where visionary chef Ángel Leon creates new flavours using extraordinary techniques, great inventiveness and a passion for sea products.

Michael Ellis, International Director in charge of the MICHELIN guides, comments: "With two new three-star restaurants, Spain shows what an important place the country has in the world’s gastronomic landscape."
Chef Jordi Cruz of the newly-minted three-star ABaC in Barcelona (Photo credit: ABaC website)
Chef Jordi Cruz of the newly-minted three-star ABaC in Barcelona (Photo credit: ABaC website)
Other three-star restaurants Akelaŕe, Arzak, Azurmendi, DiverXO, El Celler from Can Roca, Lasarte, Martín Berasategui, Quique Dacosta and Sant Pau keep their stars this year.

The 2018 MICHELIN Guide Spain And Portugal selection has a total of 5 new two-star establishments, all of them in Spain. Among these are Maralba where chef Fran Martinez offers regionally-inspired cuisine, Dos Cielos in Barcelona where brothers Sergio and Javier Torres serve up creative food, and Coque in Madrid which has moved into a new space and now earns a second star.
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177 establishments receive one star in the 2018 MICHELIN Guide Spain & Portugal, including 17 new restaurants in Spain and 2 in Portugal. In the heart of Madrid, two restaurants have been awarded one star: La Candela Restò where chef Samy Ali Rando offers fusion cuisine, and Cebo, the Urban hotel restaurant, where chef Aurelio Morales serves food that combines the flavours of Madrid and Catalonia.

This year 2 restaurants in Portugal receive their first star: Gusto, in Almancil, which offers dishes with Mediterranean and international influences, and Vista, in Praia da Rocha (Portimão), where the cuisine showcases regional and local produce from the sea.

This edition of the MICHELIN Guide includes 289 establishments (252 in Spain and 37 in Portugal) with the Bib Gourmand award, 43 of which receive the distinction for the first time.

Here is the full list of new stars in the 2018 MICHELIN Guide Spain And Portugal:

New Three Stars

New Two Stars
Cabana Buenavista
Dos Cielos

New One Star
Audrey’s by Rafa Soler
Castell Peralada
El Doncel
El Rodat
Kiro Sushi
La Bicicleta
La Candela Resto


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