It’s become one of the classics of the street, even though both the decoration and pintxos are a bit more modern, a bit trendier. Of-the-moment pintxos like goat cheese with caramelized onions and ingredients like foie gras and wild mushrooms. It might be passé tomorrow, but today we love it!
While the specialty is a tostada of wild mushrooms with ham, I took the waitress’ advice and tried the goat cheese with apple and walnut confit and it was delightful (although some of the more traditional tapas types look down their nose at such fanciful combinations). The tostadas are small but good. They also have a tomato confit which must be delicious because they were all sold out of it by the time we got there. Shame.
But seriously: the Donosti is great. And aside from the tostadas, other innovative creations like croquettes of wild mushrooms and foie gras or bacon and courgettes are served alongside classic Logroño pintxos like chorizo and quails eggs. It’s a place that has something for everyone.
It is one of the new additions to Laurel Street (it turned one year in February 2012) but more and more people enjoy its plates: the house specialty is the sirloin, but what is remarkable are the “evolved Spanish omelets”. What? They are served in a glass and the evolution consists in a yolk base covered with egg white foam. I had the normal one, but they also serve them with chorizo, cheese and another series of pinchos served with foam: octopus with potato foam or delicious fresh boletus with codfish foam. Sounds good right? This is a place for everyone that loves something different.
The decoration is also untraditional: very spacious, minimalist, black and white, amber lighting and a vinotheque integrated to the wall. The pincho costs between two and three euros. It is nice if you are looking for a more modern atmosphere or if you go with a large group.
Do you remember the prawn and pineapple cocktail? The one they used to serve in weddings and other celebrations? “Old food” as my favorite food critic, Mikel Iturriaga, would say but that, “if it’s well done, it wasn’t so bad”. It is true: like melon and ham, the prawn and pineapple are also flavors that go well together.
In Juan y Pinchamé, a small tavern in Laurel Street, they have given a twist to the combination and the prawn and pineapple brochette has been marked as a house specialty, and it’s delicious: with a little bit of salt and some drops of olive oil, it is amazing.
It isn’t a traditional tapa or one of the new inventions that are being served everywhere these days, it’s simply a good idea that is well served. Well done!
The pincho costs 2,30€. The place is small, non-pretentious, and with good service. It is perfect for those looking for something different. In my opinion, it is one of the best of the area.
The Bar Cid is another legendary place in the area of Laurel. It is located in Travesía del Laurel: easily recognizable thanks to its traditional atmosphere, that is palpable from the outside, since its usually full.
The typical dish is as simple as it its delicious: grilled mushrooms. You can order it as a pincho, tapa or dish. They are delicious, with great consistency. The pincho comes with two huge mushrooms between pieces of bread and with a sauce that “only grandma knows, and grandma doesn’t share it”, the waiter tells me. It is soft and doesn’t hide the taste of the mushroom itself.
Besides the pinchos and daily menus, the best of the Cid is its classic atmosphere. It is a great place to include the popular and simple into the route.
It is an interesting proposal, specializing in “tzangurritos”. A tzangurrito is a spider crab in Basque, and a “txangurro a la donostiarra” is a way of preparing it: adding to the crab meat a mixture of vegetables, later it is put in the oven with some cheese on top and served in its shell.
The txangurrito is almost the same thing but cooked with béchamel sauce, like a big croquette and a bit spicy. To die for!
It costs 1.80 Euros. There are other options, such as the mini hamburgers. It is a place to visit!
We dared to book a dinner here, hoping to be swept away. It was as expected - the food was so wonderful that it really surprised us and we all had smiles on our faces. Fantastic experience! Fridays and Saturdays by appointment: 941031232