Tapas in San Sebastián

August 11, 2011 By: erik Category: Food, Photos, Spain, Travel 673 views

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Tapas in San SebastianIf the dozen or so hours of “travel in Spain” television shows I’ve watched are any indication, one of the tapas capitals of Spain is San Sebastián. There’s one particular district where every bar you glance into has fifteen or twenty different tapas to choose from, all laid out on the bar. The quality is really high, just like the prices. Just the previous week, I had been at a tapas festival in Santander, and I’d noted that 2.50€ for a tapa and drink was a little expensive. Well, in San Sebastián, all three tapas we tried were at least 4€ each (with drink). Pricy!

Feast your eyes on these lovely tapas.

Tapas in San Sebastian

This is what a typical tapas bar looks like. It’s not a good food for mysophobes.

Tapas in San Sebastian

Hake pudding.

Tapas in San Sebastian

The old standby: Spanish ham in a small baguette. This is the most common food you’ll find on bars all across Spain.

Tapas in San Sebastian

Stuffed peppers (probably stuffed with fish), breaded and fried. Those are bacon-wrapped sausages in the background.

Tapas in San Sebastian

I’m a sucker for goat cheese, especially when it’s sandwiched between some Spanish ham and peppers.

Tapas in San Sebastian

Mushroom omelet on bread.

Tapas in San Sebastian

Mmmmm… Hot peppers.

San Sebastian Bar

I wish I had a wall in my house like that.

Tapas in San Sebastian

Potato rounds, fresh foie gras, and sauteed mushrooms. Most places don’t have labels, but the ones that do are very nice, especially since you don’t have to go around examining each one.

Tapas in San Sebastian

We really liked this place dubbed The Shish Kebab Cathedral.

Tapas in San Sebastian

Here, all the tapas were raw, and you had to wait for them to be grilled. It made them all the better. I had this one: shrimp, banana, ham, sun-dried tomato with a parsley vinaigrette. Okay, so I ordered it because of the banana…which was quite a tasty combination.

Tapas in San Sebastian

More shish kebabs. Calm down, my anglophile readers. It does say “rape bacon”, but rape is Spanish for monkfish.

Tapas in San Sebastian

Goat cheese, smoked salmon and peppers. Who else is getting hungry?

Tapas in San Sebastian

Squid kebabs.

Tapas in San Sebastian

Left: eggplant stuffed with crab meat, right: eggplant, ham, peppers, and cheese.

Tapas in San Sebastian

Quail eggs are so cute, and just the right size for tapas!

Tapas in San Sebastian

Our grilled brochettes. Mmmm!!

Who’s up for a tapa-hunting trip to San Sebastián?

 
  • Anonymous

    You’re making me hungry!

  • Paul

    They all look great. I’ll sign up for your next San Sebastián trip, and I think my wife would like to go too.

  • Lee

    I get what you mean about the germphobes. I love to watch tourists who are  newbies look over the tapas on the bars – thinking they’re displays – and then are served the very same (with the waiter’s bare fingers). The horror…

  • http://twitter.com/kalhendr Kaley

    These all look so good! Expensive, but good.