Chef Eneko Atxa receives his fifth star for his three restaurants Azurmendi***, ENEKO and ENEKO Bilbao.
The Spain & Portugal 2019 prestigious Michelin guide, presented tonight at Pavilhão Carlos Lopes in Lisbon, has awarded with one Michelin star the restaurant ENEKO Bilbao located in the Euskalduna Conference Centre, in the heart of Bilbao.
Newly opened in May 2018, the identity of the project is based on Eneko Atxa’s desire to recover and update recipes that are part of his personal culinary memory; recipes he lived and inherited since childhood, but elaborated from a simple, elegant perspective of the highest quality.
ENEKO Bilbao is a very personal project where culture, product, environment, and excellence are combined through culinary tradition. The chef and his team want to show the essence of Biscayan cuisine in an elegant and innovative way, giving it a platform in the international arena.
The focus is a proposal that speaks of the land, the culture, and traditions of Basque producers and their work. It is a modern proposal that is built on the foundation of Atxa’s cuisine: flavor and technique.
The structure combines the classic menu with two tasting menus. The diner enjoys recipes that are part of traditional Biscayan cookbook, such as hake jowl in a pil-pil sauce, sukalki stew, intxaursaltsa, etc., presented in an elegant, direct an personal perspective. The menu is dynamic and alive, where seasonal products and the variety of the Biscayan pantry are the main protagonists.
The space is welcoming with magnificent views of the center of Bilbao, where the kitchen, integrated into the dining room, is at the heart of the restaurant, receiving and gathering customers.
To give each diner a perfect experience, Eneko Atxa worked together with Patricia Urquiola, one of the most internationally renowned interior designers. The space combines tradition and modernity, and responds to the canons of Basque cultural identity, inspired by the gastronomic societies, fishermen’s boats, the cottages and their kitchens, all to create differentiated spaces.
Back in the day, Eneko was one of the youngest Chef in Spain to obtain 3 Michelin stars with his Azurmendi*** restaurant. With a constant commitment to health, social commitmentand sustainability, his restaurant Azurmendi***, with three Michelin stars, has just received, for a second time, the award for the most sustainable restaurant from The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. It has also been named the Best Restaurant in Europe according to OAD (Opinionated About Dining), and Best Restaurant in the World according to the luxury magazine Elite Traveler. Eneko Atxa was awarded the National Gastronomy Award 2015, and has been part of the European’s Young Leaders. His restaurant ENEKO obtained its first Michelin star in its first year of opening.