Azurmendi is a 3 Michelin star gastronomic restaurant in Bizkaia, 20 minutes out of Bilbao.
The food is an experience in itself, with courses that are straight from a scientific experiment.
The visit begins in the indoor garden, with tricking waterfall and comfy benches.
A waiter brings out a picnic basket, when you stand and munch on the appetizer delights.
Appetizers in the garden:
Tomato and basil cold infusion
Homemade cheese with homegrown basil flowers
Another diners' garden starter experience
Then, you are lead to the main dining room which is beautifully decorated and scented with a strong yet unobtrusive aura.
Eggs from the restaurants' chickens, cooked inside out and stuffed with truffles
'Betizu' cow tail raviolis, wrapped in corn brad with legume broth
Sea caress: oyster, salicornia, iodinated tremella, sea weed and small crunchy nettles with natural aromas from the sea
The 'Earth' tea service
Brasiered squid, a mantle of it's own juice, crunches and onion
Salted stew: vegetables, anchovies and pork jowl with 'Idiazabal' cream cheese balls
Grilled red mullet, crunchy mushroom broth and onion toffee
Pigeon, 'hazelnuts,' leafs...
(The hazelnuts were chocolate to lead you into dessert, you're advised to eat these last)
Chestnuts with vine shoot scent
Strawberries and roses
(Ice cream as light as air on a real honeycomb)
The restaurant is an encounter not to be forgotten.
The waiting on staff were attentive and knowledgable and certainly added to the experience.
Azurmendi's website is here.