6 Jun 2020


A visit in 2016

Heading east along the coast road from Mundaka, you will find this lovely restaurant,

which is situated on a beautiful little surfers beach.

It is a fair sized stone restaurant/bar, with one wall of glass looking out onto the beach with a fantastic view, it is a great spot for a nice relaxing lunch, trying a few delicious pintxos at the bar, or having a more leisurely meal in the evening.  

There is a very good menu del dia for €20, which consists of 2 starters, 2 mains, dessert, bread and wine.

Estofado de chorizo y frijoles (chorizo & bean stew)

Pimientos rellenos de mar...

20 Dec 2019

For this visit to San Sebastian in early December, we concentrated on pintxos rather than sit down meals. We started our pintxo tour in the Parte Viejo (old town). We always prefer hot pintxos as they are made to order. There is not a problem with the pintxos on the bar but you may eat too much bread!

We tend to have no more than two pintxos and a glass of wine or beer per bar, so as, not to be too full, to early. The best time to go to the pintxo bars is 8.30 pm - 10.30 pm.

We stayed in the Hotel Niza, set opposite Playa de La Concha. 

which has wonderful views from the bedroom balcony.

We then strolled...

14 Apr 2019


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)

Sopa de setas y maíz con huevo de co...

21 Nov 2018


On a recent trip to Bilbao we had a little pintxo bar crawl around plaza Nueva. Our favourite places and bites were.

Plaza Nueva 12, 48005 Bilbao
+34 944 158 037

Winner of best pintxos in town over many years for a reason. 

Try potatoes stuffed with pig’s cheeks and vanilla salt

Foie con manzana y Pedro Ximenez

Corn soup with a submerged quail egg
Quail egg on crisps with Jamón and chorizo

Patatas bravas with aioli and bravas sauce.

 For dessert we had manzana (apple pie)

It was a very friendly service, with great wine also.


Plaza Nueva...

9 Feb 2018


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!  


20 Dec 2016


At the back of the  parte vieja (old town), the red and black scheme is as elegant as the food, which is miniature cuisine at its most exquisite.

Grab a stool at the bar and try the delicacies on the counter  or anything exciting looking that is emerging from the small kitchen.


Olives with a splash of vermouth inside

A shot of shrimp soup

Ham coffee with gizzard cookies followed by icy blobs of spider crab.

Mini Burgers

T-bone popcorn salad 

Wash down with a glass of Txacoli (the slightly sparkling Basque white wine).

There is also a chefs 14 course tasting menu.

A little more expensive then others in the ar...

3 Oct 2016


You will find this place down the end of a side alley off of Calle de 31 Augusto at the back of the old town. Its well worth seeking out and do not be shy about walking in even it is busy.

You will not see any cold pintxos on bread set out on the bar as is normal in most pintxos bars, all the pintxos here are hot (and made to order) and you order from the blackboard menu behind the bar.

It can get very busy at weekends and when special events are on, like the San Sebastián film festival.

A few of the excellent pintxos to try include.......

Sopa fría de tomate con jamón y Idiazábal (cold tomato sou...

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