San Sebastian - Statues of Jesus and Arzak
Trip Start Oct 10, 2011
15Trip End Nov 11, 2011
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San Sebastian was well worth the long journey. It is a peaceful and beautiful place and Ash and I quickly agreed we would both love to live here. Not only is it nestled between the coast on the north and mountains on the other sides (making it a very scenic city indeed), it is also crazy about food, with secret (men's) eating societies, michelin-starred restaurants galore and hundreds of high quality pintxo bars
On our first day there, we went straight up one of the small mountains which has a giant statue of Jesus on top of a small castle, and which gives breathtaking panoramic views of the city. We also went for a walk along the beach - while the beach was not as high quality as the best in Sydney, it was still miles better than most European beaches, with real sand!
We had also booked in a visit to Restaurant Arzak well in advance. Once again, we ordered the degustation for two, with a red wine recommendation (tempranillo). Elena, one of the two main chefs (her father is the other) came out to chat to us, and she told us about when she went to Australia for the Melbourne food festival and ate at Tetsuya, Marque, Quay and Golden Century! Apparently Tetsuya is an old friend. Anyway, the atmosphere at Arzak is completely different to Ramon Freixa in Madrid (I found the service there to be rather stuffy) but the food was just as or even more delicious!