La Cuchara de San Telmo…San Sebastián.


Pintxo Heaven

Long time no post…took a wee while after my UK adventure trip to settle back in and combined with a wonderful family visit, time has just slipped away at warp speed. But just last night, we ended up in the Old Town of San Sebastián with a delicious mission of returning to a pintxo bar extraordinaire – La Cuchara de San Telmo. It had been one of our all time faves on our last visit to San Sebastián more than 2 years ago.


Sign Says It All…

San Telmo is a wee bit different than the plethora of bog standard pintxo bars that cram the Old Town space in that all of its pintxos are: (a) hot and (b) made to order and (c) use a decent array of different & high quality ingredients.

We timed our arrival perfectly at 7:45 (kitchen opens @ 7:30) as the bar had plenty of wide open space and we got our orders in ASAP…


Pintxo Menu Board & Keler on Tap – Yes!

Beverages were first on order – I opted for a caña of Keler, a San Sebastián brewed lager that is a seriously good brew. Hound #2 took the high road with a vino tinto – a beauty of a red, the Glorioso Crianza from Bodegas Palacio. She said it would be fine to get some for our house wine – guess that means she liked it.


Chuleta de Vaca Asada con Pimientos del Piquillo

First out of the kitchen starting gate was the Chuleta de Vaca (Steak Chop) which though highly flavourful, was a tad tough and so not the medal winner of the night. The side sauces were excellent though & awesome with some bread brooms.


Pulpo ‘Roca’ Plancha con Hojas Berzas Asadas (Grilled Octopus with Roasted Cabbage Leaves)

With the second dish of pulpo sliding across the bar, now we are talking serious pintxo talk. Many bars serve pulpo, but it is usually cold & marinated and though still good & tasty, this was a whole new level of pulpo perfection. The grilling puts it a wee bit on the tough side but once you broke the roasted skin you were in for a treat. And amazingly enough, the roasted cabbage was top notch.


Carrillera de Ternera al Vino Tinto y Humus Garbanzo (Jaw of Veal in Red Wine and Hummus)

And though it may not win any beauty contests, this was, by unanimous consensus, the dish of the night. Just think of a REALLY SLOW ROASTED brisket (veal here) that is so tender nothing but the tine of a fork is required to pick your desired bits & packed with deep, deep flavours. And the hummus was the perfect complement – so rich you’d swear you were eating restaurant mash potatoes with a bucket of butter.


La Cuchara de San Telmo

The photo above is only about 15-20 minutes after we arrived – phew! The Hounds slipped into a damn decent meal & a few beverages. If in San Sebastián, this is a must stop…

3 thoughts on “La Cuchara de San Telmo…San Sebastián.

  1. Oh my goodness – that ALL looks so tasty (even the tough chop!). I would never have thought of using hummus as though it were a smooth mash, it must be rich and unctuous… mmmm. My mouth is watering even as I am typing. The place looks achingly cool too and has hipsters in it! Love J

    • Yes, it is sort of the creme de la creme of pintxos bars in San Sebastián – and tiny. We really lucked out with our timing…and not too expensive – those 3 sweet & substantial pintxos & 2 drinks cost $24NZ….we will be back 😉

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