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Restaurant Marqués de Riscal (visit – http://www.restaurantemarquesderiscal.com) is housed in what is possibly the most stunning contemporary-styled hotel in Europe. Designed by the American-Canadian architect Frank Gehry the hotel and restaurant are within the Marqués de Riscal wine estate (visit – http://www.hotel-marquesderiscal.com) near the small village of Elciego in northern Spain. Image

The two Michelin-starred restaurant is positioned on the second floor of the building and offers spectacular views of the surrounding vineyards and the San Andrés church in the village.

Renowned Spanish chef Francis Paniego is the culinary adviser to the restaurant which has become a reference point for gourmands visiting the area. It’s not hard to see why it’s been garlanded with the enviable stars. Stunning modern décor combines with the unmistakable interiors of Frank Gehry as well as high-end tableware and truly amazing cuisine and wine.

Highlights from the menu include tomato carpaccio with Dublin bay prawns, and glazed lamb lightly flavoured with fresh ginger. Desserts are well worth saving room for. Try the variation of the original mojito which comes with banana and tangy mint. Those who prefer something savory can enjoy a few slices of cheese from the large selection of Spanish and European varieties.

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As part of the interior design, one wall is given over to wine. Guest can choose from magnificent Marqués de Riscal vintages which date back to 1860 or a number of prestigious international labels. The sommelier will be pleased to assist with your choice.

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For those who wish to stay a few days, the hotel offers luxurious modern rooms and suites, a vinotherapy spa by Claudalie and opportunities to tour the wine estate and historic cellars.