While I don’t reckon I’d look good in a basque, I’m definitely keen to get into a Basque. And, thankfully, London is awash with great Basque restaurants, so it isn’t that hard. The Basque region of Spain (or not of Spain, depending on your politics) is awash with amazing tastes and flavours. Here is the best of Basque…
Taking its name from the city San Sebastian in North West Spain, Donostia is a real Basque affair. The Basque pintxos & tapas in Marylebone serves its eclectic range of dishes under the supervision of some seriously top-notch chefs using a range of seasonal ingredients. And for those who want to bask in a whole load of Basque, there’s a private dining area that seats up to 16 people!
Where: 10 Seymour Place, Marylebone, W1H 7ND
We’re fangirling over Vino Tech Compass; they use seasonal produce from ‘the cheeky fifth generation butcher’, as they so fondly label him. The Greenwich Peninsula restaurant with the quirkiest of names holds wine as old as 82-years and Basque food; the result of the rich food knowledge of the maverick duo behind the venture, Arnaud Compass and Keith Lyon.
Where: Peninsula Golf Range, Tunnel Avenue, Greenwich Peninsula, SE10 0QE
Situated in popular Covent Garden, Eneko Atxa at One Aldwich showcases renowned chef Eneko Atxa’s fresh modern Basque dishes. The food proves to be a real contemporary take on Basque cuisine, unique in appearance and – we’re sure – in taste too, most notably because it comes under the hand of Eneko, whose three-Michelin Azurmendi restaurant is one of the World’s Top 50 Restaurants…no biggie. The wine list is bursting at the seams with Spanish wines, and a host of materials are sourced from craftsmen in the Basque region.
Where: One Aldwych, Aldwych, WC2B 4BZ
Sagardi restaurant triumph their ancestry, with a real tribute paid to the Basque Country in all that they serve up. Thanks to chef Iñaki López de Viñaspre the food is completely authentic, generating olfactory smells and flavours in the heart of London. Key dishes include the best cuts of Basque red meat, the txuletón and wild fish just brought into the Basque ports.
Where: 95 Curtain Road, Shoreitch, EC2A 3BS
Ametsa with Arzak Instruction boasts menus that change to reflect the seasons as they pass as well as staple dishes that remain a constant. There are earthy flavours galore and it’s suggested that you should opt for the tasting menu showcasing a broad range of iconic ‘New Basque Cuisine’ dishes with wines specially paired by Ametsa’s sommelier.
Where: Halkin Hotel London, Halkin Street, Belgravia, SW1X 7DJ
Melody and Nemanja are the restaurateurs behind Donostia and Lurra Basque restaurants in Marylebone, a couple who decided to open-up-shop after an unplanned stop in San Sebastian for a single day.Lurra takes its influence from the traditional charcoal and wood grills “Erretegia” found all over the Basque Country, and food flavours consist of traditional flavours and aromas.
Where: 9 Seymour Place, Marylebone, W1H 5BA