As we drove up to Mugaritz, the first thing we saw was the view of the Restaurant's gardens. Our anticipations were heightened as we saw the many fresh ingredients that the Chef has right outside the front door.
San Sebastian -- Mugaritz Restaurant
After we were shown our table, we were immediately invited to the Mugaritz kitchen. This was a first for the Keeper Team as kitchen tours are more commonly offered after the meal. We thought this was a genius idea as they shared the kitchen/Chef's philosophy so that we could have this perspective as we had our dinner. Our first tasty bite was given right there in the kitchen! This was just the beginning of a memorable dining experience.
We loved these Edilble Stones (Potatoes)
Smoked Toast, 100% Lobster
Small Crustaceans in a Pocket
Carrots & their Smeared Flowers from the Restaurant Garden
Grilled Toast of Bone Marrow w/ Herbs & Radish Ash
#6 of 21 called "Tendon" derives from the Latin word tender, which means "to stretch." Honey, Mead, Yolks & Dipping ash
Mugaritz offers hot hand towels between the 1st 6 dishes & the 2nd 6 dishes. We thought it was a nice touch.
Cold Peach & Razor Clams
Tanned Lobster Flesh w/ Fermented Rice
They also offer fun & games -- the first person at the table has a chance to win a food surprise!
The game prize was this delicious caviar with flan.
Threads of Crab w/ Vegetable Mucilage, Macadamias, & Pink Peppercorns
Loin of Hake, Tiger Nut Sauce, & Concentrated Clam Juice
Sweetbread of Suckling Lamb w/ Mushrooms
Grilled Entrecula, Grilled Steak Emulsion, & Salt Crystals
Dessert called "Glass: Sugar and Cocoa as a Cookie"
Dessert: Mocha in its Lightest Version--Amazing!
Dessert: Edible Paper of Leaves & Flowers
Mugaritz made the dining experience both delicious and whimsical. The ingredients from the gardens were seen throughout the meal and certainly enhanced this Keeper Life Tasting.