BASQUE COUNTRY - BILBAO - PLAZA NUEVA PINTXOS BAR CRAWL
BILBAO - PLAZA NUEVA PINTXOS BAR CRAWL
On a recent trip to Bilbao we had a little pintxo bar crawl around plaza Nueva. Our favourite places and bites were.
GURE TOKI 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 Chistorra
Patatas bravas with aioli and bravas sauce.
For dessert we had manzana (apple pie)
It was a very friendly service, with great wine also.
LA OLLA DE PLAZA NUEVA
Plaza Nueva 2, 48005 Bilboa +34 946 63 00 12 Quite a large place, try the Lata de Antxoas (tin of anchovies)
or the Txuleton pintxo (T-bone steak)
Wines: Monopole Siglo XXI, 100% verdejo. €14. Light and refreshing or Vega Sindea, Chardonnay. €15
ZUGA Plaza Nueva 4, 48005 Bilbao +34 944 150 321
This place gets packed, so you’ll need to push your way to the counter which is laden with mouth-watering pintxos. Generously piled on rounds of bread, in filo, or perched on a spoon. Delights include.
Foie de frutos rojos y vinagre de modena
Also try, fat prawns in a mayonnaise sauce or a mound of minuscule gulas (fake elvers/baby eels) with sherry.
CAFÉ BAR BILBAO Plaza Nueva 6, 48005 Bilbao +34 944 151 671
A vintage café on the corner of the square with good pintxos and a small poured beer.
Plaza Nueva 10, 48005 Bilbao +34 944 150 119
A small literally Mum, Dad and Daughter bar with lots of locals. They have won the prize for the campeon de gilda (gilda es aceituna, anchoa y piparrak pintxo - gilda is an olive, anchovy and pepper pintxo) on several occasions.
This pintxo is named after the American film called Gilda, which was one of the first American pop cultural influences in Spain after World War II. “It's a little bit spicy, a little salty,” just like Rita Hayworth, the femme fatale in the movie.
SORGINZULO Plaza Nueva 12, 48005 Bilbao +34 944 15 05 64
This is tucked away in the corner of Plaza Nueva. The selection of pintxos are beautiful and well presented. A very good calamari and patatas bravas was served in newspaper (as in the old days!)
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