FrontRunners: Sun Basque
Eneko Atxa, the inventive Basque chef freshly awarded a third Michelin star at Azurmendi in Bilbao, now has a second restaurant in Thailand. But unlike most high-profile chefs with restaurants in far-flung locales, Atxa will spend about three months a year at Aziamendi (www.iniala.com), which opened in December at the new Iniala Beach House resort on Phuket. Atxa seems to have immersed himself in the setting, creating a serene dining room meant to evoke the Andaman Sea and a menu that reinterprets many of his signature dishes with Thai flavors, including pigeon with hazelnuts, foie gras, and ash from Natai Beach wood and a Thai pumpkin custard “egg” with vanilla. The 40-seat restaurant offers à la carte and tasting menus for lunch and dinner.