Goodbye San Sebastian! These were our last meals in the city that topped the poll as the greatest gastronomic destination in the world. San Sebastian beat out Tokyo, Sydney and Paris for the top spot for foodies and I agree 100%!
From Michelin 3 Star restaurants to pintxos bars the food never failed to amaze us. I almost made a grave mistake in not joining my cousins for our last dinner since I was honestly still full from our 9 course lunch at Akelaŕe and I was tired from shopping in the afternoon. But since the restaurant they chose was just across our hotel I went at the last minute and I’m so glad I did.
These were the best anchovies I’ve ever eaten. What made it different from the others I’ve eaten were the addition of crispy garlic on top. It really added an extra flavor dimension asides from just vinegar and oil.
antxoas Getaria (Getaria anchovies) €9
We all went nuts over the extremely tender squid cooked in it’s own ink and served with a tiny amount of white rice. Naturally the rice wasn’t enough so we had to make do with dipping the bread in the super delicious sauce.
txipirones tinta (squid in black ink) €14.50
One last cochinillo. After the unusual and out of this world cochinillo from lunch this paled in comparison but still it wasn’t bad at all. We let the guys who skipped lunch eat this.
cochinillo asado (roasted baby pig) €19.50
The guys who didn’t join us for lunch at Akelaŕe were teasing us that our dinner for 8 adults and 4 kids cost less than what one person paid at Akelaŕe. True but we don’t regret our spectacular lunch experience at all.
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The next day we decided to have a quick lunch before we separated ways and meet up again in Barcelona. One family took the train while La and family and our group drove to Barcelona.
I was wary of the ready cooked tapas on the bar since I didn’t have a very good experience the night before in this kind of a set-up.
Dark chocolate mousse on cake? Yum!!!! What a marvelous end to our quick 3 day stay in San Sebastian. It was way too short and I will definitely be back.
Gran Bar La Espiga
Calle de San Marcial, 48 20005 Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain
telephone: 943 421 423
Rojo Y Negro
Calle San Marcial 52, 20005 Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain
telephone: 943 431 862