Monday, 12 September 2016

El Globo

Bilbao's classic

Grilled prawns

If your research online where is the best place to eat at an affordable price 
in Bilbao, you will most likely to see El Globo high on the list. With countless awards, El Globo is considered one of the finest pintxos bars in Bilbao. Located in the city centre, the bar has a small dining room as well as an outside space with a full table service. The menu contain a selection of pintxos as well as larger dishes which are ideal for sharing. This is also ideal for a quick lunch with a strong list of sandwiches and salads. 

octopus croquettes

The octopus croquettes was a real winner, the smooth octopus flakes blended in nicely with the potato and the octopus ink, it is one of those snacks I could easily eat all day long. The grilled prawn was as fresh as you can get, with the prawn head leaving no trace of bitterness, just pure fresh and sweet prawn juice with a lovely smokiness from the grilling process. Red peppers stuffed with crab meat was an interesting dish, the mixture of rich and creamy brown crab meat worked pretty nicely with the sweet and peppery tone of the peppers, as much so I didn't think the seafood sauce was necessary.

Red peppers stuffed with crab meat

Overall it was a very enjoyable meal, El Globo showcased some very classic Basque cuisine, nothing fancy, just well cooked dishes using fresh ingredients. Also the service was really outstanding, our Spanish waiter took great care of us in a very friendly and engaging manner, it was easily the best service I have encountered in Spain if you exclude any Michelin restaurants. Simply put, if you seek classic pintxos and Basque cuisine at a reasonable price, you can't go wrong with El Globo.  

Food 3/5

What I paid: 

£21 per head with a beer

Average cost without drinks and services:


Diputazio Kalea, 8, 48008 Bilbo, Bizkaia, Spain

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