It’s hard to go wrong with food in San Sebastian, but this really was the highlight of our gastronomic adventure! Tucked away in the streets of the Old Town, La Cuchara is one of the more established/well-known bars and it's buzzing with ambience and friendly service.
Inside the bar is a little chaotic (which I discovered after tripping over a local’s pet Chihuahua in an attempt to get to the bar) but it is all part of the experience. We had to flap our arms about to make just enough space to eat at the bar, or order mains to be seated on a table outside, but that didn’t stop us! We dined here four times and each visit brought consistent and faultless dishes.
Though it's not traditional Spanish Pinxtos, I feel the Risotto deserves a special mention. Roasted pumpkin with sautéed cuttlefish and basil oil; it's decadent and creamy with a wonderful harmony of flavours. The Veal Cheeks and Grilled Octopus also became another two of our favourite dishes to order.
My rating is a 10/10, La Cuchara de San Telmo really embodies what Spanish cuisine is all about; locally sourced ingredients and a variety of fresh, good quality tapas made to order. It is absolutely worth a visit!
Tip: Don’t forget about Siesta time! Kitchens close at around 3.30pm and re-opens for dinner at about 7.30pm.