2016 Year in Review

14Jan17

Christmas season is usually the time to reflect back on the past year and to start looking forward to the next year. As many people have reviewed 2016, I will do the same but a bit differently. I will review it through the restaurants around the world that have been awarded Michelin stars and have been ranked on the San Pellegrino& Acqua Panna list of world’s best restaurants. This statement sounds quite pretentious and I’m not an expert by any means, but I was lucky and privileged to dine this year at some remarkable restaurants in Europe and Asia thanks to my good friend K.K.

The restaurants were:

  1. Gaggan in Bangkok, Thailand – the best restaurant on the S. Pellegrino & Acqua Panna list of Restaurants in Asia in 2016, with its progressive Indian cuisine;
  2. Nahm in Bangkok, Thailand – no. 8 on the S. Pellegrino & Acqua Panna list of Best Restaurants in Asia in 2016, with its authentic Thai cuisine;
  3. Cuisine Wat Damnak in Siem Reap, Cambodia – no. 43 on the S. Pellegrino & Acqua Panna list of Best Restaurants in Asia in 2016, with its Cambodian cuisine;
  4. Dani Garcia in Marbella, Spain – two-star Michelin restaurant;
  5. Jose Carlos Garcia in Malaga, Spain – one-star Michelin restaurant; and
  6. Central Bar in Valencia, Spain – although not a Michelin star awarded restaurant, the place deserved an honorary mentioning because its chef Ricard Camarena has one-star Michelin restaurant in Valencia.

If there is one common thread for all these places then it is the freshness of ingredients and creativity in presenting each of these ingredients with a great deception. Although an award might not always mean a great service, based on my short sampling I came to the conclusion that more Michelin stars a restaurant has, the more impeccable, breathtaking and truly magical the service is. As in Dani Garcia’s restaurant, the fable Little Prince inspired the whole dinning experience.  The interior design tied to the menu and dish representation which consequently reflected in orchestrated service and overall experience. The whole experience leaves one with a huge smile on the face and memories that last and are worth reflecting on.

Happy New Year!

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Dani Garcia Restaurant, Marbella

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