We had originally made a reservation for dinner the prior evening but due to illness we rescheduled the following day for lunch. The staff was extremely accommodating and gracious.
We arrived for our lunch and were seated upstairs, where we were the only guests at the time. My wife asked if we could be seated on the main floor, which they were happy to do. The restaurant was filled with filtered sunlight and had a most pleasant atmosphere. The staff was very friendly and oh so accommodating. We chose the chef's tasting menu, which I feel is the best way to experience a fine restaurant. We were repeatedly told that if we wished to substitute anything or found anything lacking, they would immediately make change. It was our third Michelin starred restaurant in 5 days, the others being one star. Both were superb, so I was curious what would garner the additional stars.
We ordered both house wine and a bottle. I am still amazed at the modest prices of the wines. In no case were we upsold on wine in any of the restaurants. The sommelier chose very reasonably priced wine that suited the menu perfectly and was delicious.
Over the next 2.5 hours were regaled with food that was both a feast for the eyes as well as our taste buds. Each course was exquisitely prepared and presented in it's own special dish, chosen to display the food in the most artful manner. I can't imagine what the poor dishwasher must go through!
Since I do not have the photos with me as I am writing this, I cannot recall the various courses. What I do recall is how delicious and beautiful the food was, truly a wonderful experience.
At the end of the meal, Chef Juan Marie greeted each table, with the maitre'd acting as interpreter. I'm sure that he does this regularly, nonetheless, it was a special treat. We had seen San Sebastian and the restaurant on Anthony Bourdain, which was the sole reason for our visit. Neither the town nor Arazak disappointed us!
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