Monday, 2 April 2018

Borda Berri

Pintxo at its best

Roasted hake, beetroot and pickled

When you visit San Sebastian, diving in pintxos with wines is a no-brainer. But with so many pintxos bars to pick up from, it is hard to identify which one to go to. For me, one of the important factors for me is knowing if a bar cook the food to order and Borda Berri is one of those pintxo bars that exactly does that. I am not a fan of some of the bars that made all the pintxos in advance and just place them out in the open, not a problem at a high season when the food is moving fast, but the freshness can be questionable when is less busy. 

Cod tripe and parsley
Crispy pig's ear
Sheep cheese risotto

To start, I had the house special sheep milk risotto, silky and rich in taste, I was an instant fan. The roasted hake wouldn't look out of place in a high-end restaurant, it was moist and cooked just right, nicely seasoned with the bitterness of the beetroot and pickles really boosted up the freshness of the fish. Beef hip with hummus and aubergine was another outstanding dish, blessed with powerful flavours with a lovely earthy undertone. Last but not least was the pig ears with romesco, crispy on the outside with a very pleasant chewy texture inside, with the romesco added a beautiful hint of nutty and pepper taste.

Squid and veal stew
Pork ribs kebab
Beef hips with hummus and aubergine

Borda Berri went well beyond of my expectation, the quality of the food is fine dining level without a doubt, just pure sensation. It helps that the Basque region offers great ingredients but the team at Borda Berri really knows how to take advantage of it to cook up some top-notch dishes. Service was solid and everything came at a fast pace, almost fast food level! Most tourists enjoy hopping on one pintxo bar one after another to try more places but not for me at Borda Berri, everything was so good that I ended up staying there and ordered pretty much the whole menu!

Food 4/5

What I paid: 

22 Euro per person with wine

Average cost without drinks and services:
15 Euro

Fermin Calbeton Kalea, 12, 20003 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain

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