The Michelin Guide for Spain and Portugal 2018 was officially presented in Tenerife this week and, as expected, Malaga province can boast another star, this time for Bardal, Benito Gómez's restaurant in Ronda which was previously the prestigious Tragabuches.
In this new venture, Gómez places the emphasis on local produce, reinvented tradition and deep and recognisable flavours. The inspectors from the Michelin Guide said they had been completely surprised by the authenticity and freedom of style which “combine to perfection creative gastronomy with the finest interiorism.”
Thanks to this recognition, Bardal joins Dani García, who has two Michelin stars, Jose Carlos García Restaurante, El Lago, Skina, Messina, Sollo and Kabuki Raw in the list of shining stars of Malaga cuisine. Dani García was particularly pleased with the news: “I am especially delighted because that was the place where I began and these are people with whom I have spent many hours in the kitchen,” he said.
Malaga, at the forefront
José Carlos García said he was “proud” that Malaga had retained its existing Michelin stars, but stressed that “we have to keep working for more; there are other chefs in the province who could achieve it. Malaga is at the forefront,” he said, and he is convinced that there are many worthy ideas and much impressive talent in the area.
Diego Gallegos (from Sollo) agreed. “The more stars we have, the more we make this a destination for tourism and gastronomy,” he said. “Andalucía benefits from every Michelin star,” referring to the interest in the new guide every year and the rush to book tables in the featured restaurants.
Marcos Granda (Skina) stressed that nobody can afford to be blasé. “This requires constant work,” he said. He declared himself “delighted” with the way Skina is going, and is excited about his new project, Clos, in Madrid, which opens in early December. “This is a really good time for Andalucía,” he said.
Like the other Michelin starred chefs, Francisco García (El Lago) could barely hide his delight at retaining his star. “This is excellent news for Malaga. We are all pleased that Andalucía and Malaga are growing in this way,” he said.
There was more good news for Malaga province at the presentation, as well: more restaurants have now been included in the Bib Gourmand category, for good food costing less than 35 euros. There were already two of these (BiBo Marbella and Figón de Juan), but they have now been joined by Aderezzo (a sister establishment to Skina in Marbella), El Palangre restaurant in Estepona and Platero & Co, which is in Gaucín.