Kategoriarkiv: Basque Country

Restaurant Kaia Kaipe (San Sebastian) – Rating 7/10

Restaurant Kaia Kaipe

Calle del General Arnao, 4, 20808 Getaria (6km from San Sebastian)

Tel: 943 140 500

Opening hours: From 20.30 daily

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Fantastic view over the small Getaria harbour

Kaia Kaipe was founded in 1962, specialising in seafood dishes as befits its coastal location around 25 km west of San Sebastian. It is well worth the trips since the trip is fantastic and on the way there you pass one of the more beautiful beaches in northern Spain. When you arrived you will find the small village of Getaria (where actually  Cristobal Balenziaga was born) to be a ”cosy” place.

Our expectations were high since highly regarded that the 3-star Michelin chef Martín Berasategui has been seen here with his family!

Kaia Kape is located right down in the harbour full of life from locals having a drink at the square.  The restaurant is divided into two where Kaia is the upstairs venue (inside) and Kape (downstairs) is an outdoor terrace (“kaia” means “port” and “kaipe” means “below the port”). We didn’t know this and was seated upstairs which was a shame…(even though the interior with is ship design was interesting).

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The main focus of the menu is of course seafood

The turbot was the best dish of the whole evening, perfectly cooked with its flavour enhanced by a gentle smoky hint from the charcoal grill. We shared a 1,35kg fish which wasn’t cheap (at 85E) but priceworthy nonetheless.

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The restaurant has an outdoor seating downstairs and indoor seating upstairs

Both restaurants are owned by Igor Arregi, the grandson of the founders of the restaurant.

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Chefs choice – fresh tuna marinated in lemon sauce – Rating 6,5/10
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Langoustine a la romaine – Rating 7/10

Fresh seawater is pumped into tanks which houses all the produce. so when you order a lobster or langoustine it is chosen from the tanks and it is cooked to order and served. Very impressive.

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Millefeux with raspberry – Rating 8/10

The cooking is very simple, with few garnishes or sauces, just great fish. There is a massive and very generously priced wine list too.

One the whole it was a great night, but the seating upstairs felt a bit…boring and maybe the quality of the food wasn’t enough to justify the prices (and least not compared to the other meals enjoyed in the Basque Country).

Eme Be Garrote – San Sebastian (Spain)

Eme Be Garotte

Camino de Igara, 33 –  20018 San Sebastian – Donostia Gipuzkoa

Tel: + 34 943 227 971

Opening Hours: Lunch Daily & Dinner Daily 20.30–23.30

San Sebastian is well known for being the worlds second most dense city after Tokyo when it comes to number of Michelin star restaurants. The city is also hosting a big number of restaurants without stars but worth a visit and Eme Be Garrote is one of those.

Eme Be Garotte is located in an old cider house
Eme Be Garotte is located in an old cider house

Eme Be Garrote is the brand new restaurant in San Sebastián by the very famous chef Martín Berasategui, located just north of San Sebastian (10 min with a taxi) in an rebuilt old cider house – Urkiola – which has been producing cider for over 100 years . Here Mr Berasategui has created a ccontemporary “euskandinavo” style restaurant with very attractive prices.

Fantastic menu that offers whole or half portions
Fantastic menu that offers whole or half portions

The menu that Martín Berasategui offers us at his latest restaurant takes its inspiration from traditional, local ingredients, but with a haute cuisine twist. While more expensive than any average sidrería or restaurant in San Sebastian, the prices are not exorbitant, and are justified by the inventive and well thought-out menu.

A set menu is available for €48, although to be perfectly honest it’s not all that worthwhile, not because of the price, but simply because for the same amount you can create a menu to suit your own preferences by ordering à la carte (we did).

The interior design is robust and the designer has kept the old Cider barells (to the left of the picture)
The interior design is robust and the designer has kept the old Cider barells (to the left of the picture) Huge wicker baskets hanging from the ceiling act as lights

According to the designer the interior should feel somewhat Scandinavian, or Basque-Scandinavian.

Chefs choice starter - a mushroom soup service with different vegetables served in tin cans
Chefs choice starter – a mushroom soup service with different vegetables served in tin cans
Poached eggs, bathed in a broth of iberian ham and crunchy bread
Poached eggs, bathed in a broth of iberian ham and crunchy bread
Grilled chop cow with special potato pure
Grilled chop cow with special potatoe pure
Fish soup with hake, prawns and clams
Fish soup with hake, prawns and clams
Callos (cow stomach) traditional way
Callos (cow stomach) traditional way
Chocolate soufflé with vanilla ice cream and cocoa pearls
Chocolate soufflé with vanilla ice cream and cocoa pearls
Cheese Cake trembling, broken biscuit, red fruit jam and cream crackers
Cheese Cake trembling, broken biscuit, red fruit jam and cream crackers

OK, it isn’t cheap, but if you want to enjoy Martin Berasategui cuisine and can’t afford the ”real” restaurant – Martin Berasategui (situated 9km out of the city) enjoy a special lunch or dinner and you want to try something new, Eme Be could be the perfect choice.

Here is a small film about the restaurant with Martin Berastegui (shows the venue…even though its a commercial film for owens 🙂