Another recommendation from our Spanish-Basque friend, Lekeitio was strangely empty the night we were there — all the better for us I guess. The pulpo a la vinagreta was so tasty, we ended up ordering a second portion to go with our draft beer.
Diputazio Kalea, 1, 48009 Bilbao, Spain
Ate the first pintxos of my life in this grand dame of a cafe which has been around since 1903 (worth checking out just for its tiled advertisements of yesteryears, impeccable interiors and Andalusian tiles). Café Iruña comes highly recommended by a Spanish-Basque friend who used to live in Bilbao and it didn’t hurt that we stayed right next to it.
Of course we were on a budget this road trip and subsisted purely on a diet of pintxos washed down with beer or wine, not that I was complaining. Might skip the lamb skewers next time though. Never mind they are near perfection with that dash of lemon, they are still a little pricey especially for someone who has been spoilt rotten by China’s late-night chuanr carts.
Berástegui Kalea, 4, 48001 Bilbao, Spain