TripAdvisor is one of the friendliest sites to use for travel and itinerary planning, with visitors rating over a million restaurants, tourist attractions and services between one and five and writing specific comments about the place.
TripAdvisor has gotten so big that it annually holds its Traveler's Choice Awards, decided by an algorithm taking into account quantity and quality of reviews over a one-year period. This year, the winner for best restaurant is a three-star Michelin restaurant named Martin Berasategui, named after the chef. Located in a small town called Lasarte, just outside of San Sebastian, many tourists go out of their way just to sample their world-class degustation menu.
The menu features artisan crafted entrees such as 'red mullet with edible scale crystals, fennel with saffron and liquid baby squid bonbon' or young pigeon, charcoal roasted at a low temperature with potato and truffle bites and forgotten vegetables". According to Traveller AU, this is the second year in a row that the modern Spanish cuisine restaurant has won the award.
Two other Spanish restaurants have made it to the Top 10, making Spain a must-visit for any serious foodies. The second restaurant is also a three-star Michelin restaurant in a small town named Larrabetzu. The restaurant, Azurmendi Gastronomico also serves modern Spanish cuisines with entrees like 'egg from their hens, cooked inside out and truffled' and 'sea urchin, emulsion, crispy bread and poultry juice'.
Also featuring three restaurants in the Top ten are the UK, with Adam's, a one-star Michelin restaurant in Birmingham, in the lead. Adam's serves contemporary British cuisine in a fine dining atmosphere. Other British top picks are Le Manoir Aux Quat' Saisons at Great Milton, a two-star Michelin restaurant, and Waterside Inn, Bray on Thames.
Top 5 Travelers' Choice Restaurants in the World (according to TripAdvisor)
1. Martin Berasategui, Lasarte, Spain
2. Maison Lameloise, Chagny, France
3. L'Auberge de I'lll, Illhaeusern, France
4. Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons, Great Milton, United Kingdom
5. Ristorante Don Alfonso, Sant'Agata sui Due Golfi, Italy