Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Txepetxa & La Vina

Txepetxa



Anchovies heaven

Similar to red prawns and Iberico ham. Anchovies is a big deal in San Sebastian, a good plate of anchovies could command serious money and locals treat it as a luxury. Located in Old Town, Txepetxa is all about top quality anchovies pintxos and is one of the most popular pintxos bars in the city. It is amazing to see how well anchovies can work with other ingredients. The "stood out" one for me was the one with foie gras and apple, it was rich, bold with a hint refreshing sweetness at the same time, it was such a flavour harmony. Another fun one was a pairing with blackberries, never could have imagine fruit and fish can work together but somehow Txepetxa got it spot on.  


Txepetxa
Anchovies with foie gras and apple


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La Vina

Cheese cake overload...



La Vina is right in the heart of the Old Town in San Sebastian, it is renown for its legendary cheese cake which is a must try if you ever visit the pintxos bar. The recipes is a top secret but it appears part of the magic formula is using cream cheese and high heat to get a burnt top while the inter layer still remains light and creamy. The taste was sensational, the texture was silky smooth, not too sweet with a lovely blend of milky and earthy flavours. Beside cheese cake, La Vina also has a selection of your typical pintxos and a restaurant area for a proper meal, with dishes such as grilled whole sole and steak.


La Vina
The legendary cheesecake

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Txepetxa

Food 3/5

What I paid: 

7 Euro

Average cost without drinks and services:
10 Euro

Calle Pescaderia 5, 20003 San Sebastian, Spain


http://www.bartxepetxa.com/


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La Vina


Food 3/5


What I paid: 

10 Euro

Average cost without drinks and services:
15 Euro

Calle 31 de Agosto, 3, 20003 San Sebastian


http://lavinarestaurante.com/

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