but the gambas were heavenly. I personally prefer the raw and slightly cooked version of the trilogy but they were all done very well. The calamari was a little chewy but the baked rice (cooked with prawn bisque I think), the olives, pan con tomate and wild strawberries more than made up for it. I am glad I had the opportunity to try two natural wines from Spain which had very little sulphur. The white Els Bassots was delicious and I could have mistaken it for a french Chenin blanc had I not known what it was; the grenache blend of Les Paradetes, unfortunately, was not as good and I found it a little green with strong notes of pickled jalapeno chillies. Anyway, I am happy I didn’t succumb to ordering wines from the Bourgogne section, maybe next round with a bigger crowd? I am pretty sure they won’t let me order anything from a lesser pedigree. I love this restaurant too, and I love their professional and humble wait staff who do their jobs with pride.
I am no chef but I always find it inspiring to look at what bars and restaurants are doing to attract their crowd. How could I resist not visiting one of the local tapas bars in Getaria before dinner? After a few tapas too many, 2 glasses of cheap house red and a full glass of beer, I was ready to have some dinner. The tortilla de bacalhau was a let down but the croquetas de jamon (not shown here) was good. I am already thinking about re-creating the blood sausage tapas that I saw on my way out.
I loved the complimentary olives and the salad. The baked rice wasn’t bad (at least the seafood was not cooked to death), just a tad too salty to my liking. Also tried a bottle of the local txakolina poured the “teh tarik” way at the table – frizzy, easy drinking, simple, straight forward but nothing too exciting.