Eating all the pintxos
What do people do when they visit San Sebastián? They eat.
We were no exception.
With thanks to Chris’s foursquare list and our AirBnB host’s home-made pintxo map, we visited more than 20 pintxos bars over 4 says. Lots of great micro-dishes.
I listened to a podcast last year that talked about how people only really remember the first bite of a dish. So you might go for an truly amazing meal - but if you only have one dish you’ll only really remember that first bite. One memory. But if you try several dishes, you’ll have a much richer memory. It ended by recommended sharing more dishes and getting starters over mains - you’ll try more and have more memories of the occasion. Eating pintxos is exactly like this - in an evening you’re having 10-20 different bites. So many more memories.
I don’t have any photos of them, but the potato tortillas everywhere were great. I’m on the hunt now for similar ones in London.
Our pintxo stand-outs in order:
- Beef fillet at Gandarias
- Everything at Casa Urola
- Everything at La Cuchara de San Telmo
- Octopus at Atari Gastroteka
If I had to pick one to recommend it would be Casa Urola in a heartbeat - everything we tried was fantastic and interesting. The beef at Gandaria was tastiest single thing I had, but the other dishes were so so.