Located in a little fishing town Getaria in the Basque Country, Elkano has somehow become one of the hardest restaurants to book in the world. The restaurant is known for its grill fishes done in a refined manner and got itself a Michelin star and rated in no 30 in the World 50 Best list. Booking a table at Elkano has become almost mission impossible but with Covid has slowed down tourism, I was fortunate enough to secure a table. Elkano is all about seafood and it now has a blind tasting menu on offer, you just need to tell the waiter what you are keen to eat and the chef will prepare a 12-course menu using the freshness local ingredient.
|Cold lobster and roe|
|Kokotxa 3 ways|
I was given a seafood feast with dish after dish of wonderful seafood. Kokotxas cooked in 3 ways showcased cod tripes can be amazing in different cooking methods, I enjoyed the traditional way of cooking with green sauce as the I found the peppery tone of parsley worked well with the creamy texture of the tripe. The signature of Elkano is the grilled whole turbot and this was the last savory dish from the tasting menu and what a great ending it was. The meat easily came off the bone, indicated it was taken off the fire at just the right moment, the fish was so buttery with a wonderful charred taste thanks to the open fire cooking. Was it turbot at its best? 100%
|Baked spider crab|
|Red mullet liver|
|Goat cheese ice cream|
Elkano delivered a truly magical seafood experience, none of the dishes are fancy, it was all about using the freshest seafood, and all cooked masterfully without any unnecessary garnishes or gimmick presentation. I would say the desserts were less impressive, but oh boy those seafood were really outstanding. Seafood cooking is all about the perfect timing, and Elkano has indeed mastered it brilliantly.
What I paid:
160 Euro per person with wine
Average cost without drinks and services:
Herrerieta Kalea, 2, 20808 Getaria, Gipuzkoa, Spain