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(...) This initiative began in 2020 and has since then certified over 130 restaurants all over the world. Kuala Lumpur’s Marta’s Kitchen and Mercat Barcelona Gastrobar are the first two in the country to receive such an honorary award – chip chip hooray! What exactly is this certificate, you ask? If, like many others, you’re wondering where you can eat authentic Spanish dishes outside of Spain, look for restaurants with such certificates.
This event, organised by the Economic and Commercial Office of Spain in Kuala Lumpur, saw the unveiling of the plaques at the entrances of both restaurants. Spanish Economic and Commercial Counsellor, Inés Pérez-Durántez, expressed that sharing food helps us become closer to other cultures, and these words could not ring any truer.
You can’t simply own a Spanish restaurant and claim to be authentic to get the “Restaurants of Spain” certificate. There are strict regulations to undergo – including quality control, the authenticity of ingredients and Spanish recipes –it’s a tough world out there! (...)