Talking about restaurants in Logroño is something as spontaneous as the act of eating. Thanks to the number of good quality restaurants offered by the capital of La Rioja. The word culture has many meanings in the city of Logroño, and one of the most clearly recognisable is centred precisely on its cuisine.
However, the well-deserved fame that Logroño has always enjoyed for its tapas and pinchos can also tend to hide the glories of its restaurants, very tempting once you have worked up an appetite with an aperitif.
A wide range of options always makes choosing difficult, but in the capital of La Rioja success is guaranteed whatever you choose. However, a Michelin star is still a Michelin star, so we need to remember that are two Michelin starred restaurants that are firmly established on the culinary scene.
One is Íkaro, where chefs Iñaki Murúa and Carolina Sánchez showcase everything the former learned at Azurmendi in Larrabetzu, and that the latter learned at Central in Lima, and at Celler de Can Roca in Girona, and that both learned at the renowned Basque Culinary Center.
The fusion of Basque-Riojan-Ecuadorian cuisines results in excellent dishes such as Cardo a la carbonara con tuétano vegetal encurtido which is based on cardoons. And without leaving that touch of exoticism behind, the second Michelin starred restaurant in Logroño is Kiro Sushi – a name that tells us that this has to be one with an Asian flavour.
In fact it is a Japanese food bar with space for just ten diners, run by chef Félix Jiménez who prepares outstanding niguiri. It is hailed by critics as one of the best Japanese restaurants in Spain.
The latest to join the firmament of Logroño’s Michelin stars has been the Ajo Negro restaurant, run by Mariana Sánchez and Gonzalo Baquedano, who mix Mexican and Spanish cultures to offer exquisite dishes made with great respect for seasonal produce.