On our recent trip to La Rioja we decided to take a pinchos bar crawl down the famous Calle Laurel in Logroño. These were our favourite bars and bites on this very busy and pleasant evening in December.
Travesía de Laurel, 1, 26001 Logroño, La Rioja
Quite literally a hole in the wall and very easy to walk past. The very traditional Bar Cid has vines and grapes dangling from the wooden beam ceiling, above the same duo of old men hanging out at the bar every night.
Serving up one pincho only, grilled mushrooms (setas a la plancha).
Tucked away in a corner of the bustling plaza nueva in the old town, this little bar was the winner of best pintxos in town for many years for a reason. They are the modern gastronomic type of pintxos.
The top two pictures are from a previous visit.
We Tried the following
Patatas rellenas con mejillas de cerdo y sal de vainilla (potatoes stuffed with pig’s cheeks and vanilla salt).
Foie con manzana y pedro ximenez (foie gras with apple and pedro ximenez sauce).
Txistorra a la plancha (grilled spicy sausage)
Patatas bravas (fried potatoes with ali-oli and spicy tomato sauce)
Situated on a corner of the now trendy area of Bermondsey Street this cosy little tapas bar serves up excellent authentic tapas. Opened by José Pizarro with his eponymous restaurant, Pizarro, further up the street.
José is a buzzing spot for an atmospheric lunch or dinner.
This is not a sit down restaurant, but a Spanish bar, where you go to have a drink and some tapas, standing or sitting on stools with a barrel for a table. There are also window stools looking out onto the street.
This is a very traditional, social club, old school style Pintxo bar. There are always many local families here, the young to the very old mixing amongst the tourists. The bar is big on boxing, rugby and Basque rowing with lots of old memorabilia on the surrounding walls.
It is run by owner Paco Bueno (who was a boxer in his younger days ) and his sons.
It's lively, entertaining and a friendly atmosphere.
The specialties are deep fried seafood like calamares, but the prized dish is the deep fried gambas, you need to wait for them to come up piping hot, but be quick as they are soon snapped up!
The second part of the trip to catalunya in 2009, this time to the Roca brothers restaurant in Girona, which has been rated number one in the world on a few occasions.
El Celler de Can Roca is a restaurant in Girona, Catalonia, Spain which was opened in 1986 by the Roca brothers, Joan, Josep and Jordi. It was first located next to their parent's restaurant Can Roca, but moved to its current purpose built building in 2007. It has been received warmly by critics, and currently holds three Michelin stars.