Keeper Collection - San Sebastian - Arzak Restaurant

San Sebastian -- Arzak Restaurant

We naturally had great excitement about our first visit to San Sebastian. We purposely chose Arzak for our initial culinary experience. It was within walking distance of our hotel, and we wanted to set the bar high with a strong first impression of the highly regarded culinary scene of San Sebastian. Our spirits were dampened by pouring rain during our walk to the restaurant. We arrived a little wet from the rain, but we were warmly welcomed, and what followed quickly elevated our mood. As you will see, the visual experience was colorful and bright. Trust us, the flavors and the aromas were equally artful.

Keeper Collection - Scorpion Fish Pudding w/ Kataifi

The first of four starters: Scorpion Fish Pudding w/ Kataifi

Keeper Collection - Cod Fish marinated in Red Beet Juice

Cod Fish marinated in Red Beet Juice

Keeper Collection - White Tuna w/ Marinated Strawberries

White Tuna w/ Marinated Strawberries

Keeper Collection - Pear and Ham wrapped together made the Cork for the drink  Bitter Raspberry

Pear and Ham wrapped together made the Cork for the drink called Bitter Raspberry

Keeper Collection - Chorizo w/ Tonic

Chorizo w/ Tonic

Keeper Collection - Apple injected w/ beet root

Apple injected w/ beet root & creamy foie gras & potato "mother of pearl"

Keeper Collection - Grilled lobster w/ crispy star

Grilled lobster w/ crispy star shaped crepe & fresh greens

Keeper Collection - Egg w/ semi-crunchy shell

Egg w/ semi-crunchy shell & baobab accompanied by lactic leaves & curds

Keeper Collection - Squid flavored w/ kaffir lime leaves

Grilled squid flavored w/ kaffir lime leaves, served w/ potato confit in black oil & onion sauce

Keeper Collection - White tuna w/candied garlic petals

White tuna w/candied garlic petals of different colors & Strawberries

Keeper Collection - Lamb and Grape Leaves

Lamb w/different flavors & textures w/ fried grape leaves & Longan

Keper Collection - Pigeon and pine citrus

Roasted pigeon w/ eucalyptus & instantly infused citrus and pine sauce

Keeper Collection - French Champagne

This Bereche Rose Champagne paired beautifully with the dishes

Keeper Collection - Chocolate dessert with oregano sauce

Marbles of chocolate w/ Amaranth & Oregano Sauce

Keeper Collection - Caramelized Fruit

Caramelized fruit w/ black sesame bread, pepper & licorice ladybird filled w/ yogurt & Olive oil crystal

Keeper Collection - Dessert Finale at Arzak Restaurant

The Dessert Finale: chocolate keys, bolts, screws, & more

What a start to our San Sebastian Life Tastings! We didn't realize it then, but our first test of Bereche led to an infatuation with that Champagne that lives on and on - the glory of wine and food experiences!

We were honored and pleased to be visited by both Chefs (Father and Daughter) throughout our meal. They seemed sincerely interested in our enjoyment of the meal. The Daughter translated for the Father so that he could hear our thoughts first-hand.

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