We’d been quite intrigued by Restaurant Sebastian ever since we’d moved to Hondarribia in June 2015. It’s on the Calle Mayor, one of the sweetest streets in the Casco Antiguo and we pass by it just about every day. It has atmosphere in spades and could easily be the next place Woody Allen shoots a scene or two in his next movie. We wandered past over Easter Weekend and they were in full lunch swing so we decided to take the plunge & make a dinner reservation for the coming Friday. Here we go….
Restaurant Sebastian does not do a menú del día nor an evening degustation, just a la carte so that was how we rolled. It is not an over the top expensive place but a notch or two up from our usual taberna meals with a short, sweet & quite reasonable wine list.
We did not try to pick the cheapest wine on the menu, but this bottle from Bodega Borsao Bole caught our eye as it is a blend of Grenache & Syrah, two of our fave grapes. It was estupendo!
We started with a gratis house hummus & chips – perfect palate pleaser. Then it was on to a shared plate of the house smoked salmon – might of been the best bit of the meal! Wow! This was beautifully presented and a taste sensation to match.
On to the mains where Hound #2, uncharacteristically, decided to go for (a) meat, and (b) pork – she is most often a fish hound but not tonight. It was very tasty but a wee bit salty for her taste buds (we swapped halfway through)…
I have a very hard time resisting any slow braised cut of meat, as we do not seem to get around to doing a lot of braising at home. So my decision was pre-made & it was an excellent decision I’d have to say…no knife needed here folks, just the tines of your fork will do the trick.
For dessert, we did our usual thing – Hound #2 the sweet stuff, and I finish the vino! She chose well, a warm melt-in-your-mouth chocolate pudding to end a most pleasurable meal.
So if you find yourself in Hondarribia, in the Old Town, think about a special dinner or lunch at the picture perfect Restaurant Sebastian…and keep your eyes peeled for Woody Allen!