Was in San Sebastian, Spain in September and had the greatest culinary adventures whilst walking the streets of the old town (Parte Vieja). Every corner unveiled another narrow street with more pintxos (tapas) bars to visit. This is my homage to the best little street out there (Calle 31 De Agosto), with the three places that we had to go back for over and over again. Warning: google maps may fail you. Another warning: these places keep ridiculous hours.
First up is the cool and modern Fuegro Negro. It’s pintxos with a twist here. Modernised version of small food. Twas so good! The top thing to try here is definitely the “Mackobe with Txips” – a miniburger served in a tomato bun along with banana chips. Insanely good.
Other dishes of note: “Pickled Pork with Frozen Mole” and the “Foie Snack“. The surprise element of the frozen mole melting in your mouth with a piece of porky goodness is a winner. The foie snack is for those that love foie gras – big serve of foie gras which has been caramalised on top, with lots of bread.
Next up, Bar Martinez. A more traditional kind of place with no seats, a huge bar with lots of pintxos up on display, and grumpy old men behind the counter. There are two things that you must have here. First are the chicken skewers. It’s not up on show, so you have to ask for it. Marinated tasty chicken on a stick grilled to golden perfection.
The croquettes here may have been the yummies in the whole of Spain. There are a few different varieties – cheese, chorizo, jamon, salted cod – and they are all excellent. There is a fair amount of variety here for other pintxos, so go nuts!
This place has the greatest seared steak ever: Gandarias. Again, it’s not on the menu, and the dudes in the shop don’t speak English… but you’ll get there. It’s so good. We had it 3x in 2 days. It’s topped with grilled capsicum and sea salt. Yum! The tapas here are a bit more uppity then Bar Martinez (as can be seen from the pics below).
So that’s it. All in one street, with plenty of other places around the corner. There’s a nice little beach around the corner, so between the food and sunshine, it’s fantastic in San Sebastian!