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Dinner at Arzak

 

Amuse… one of many

 

The highlight of our San Sebastian trip was dinner at Arzak. We also happened to be celebrating our 10 year anniversary so that made it all the more special. On our first trip to Spain, many years ago, I bought the Arzak and Adria book. I would occasionally thumb through it and marvel at the flavor and texture combinations and how they were so unique, yet worked incredibly well together. The simple elegance of their presentation was also beautiful. I never thought I would have the opportunity to actually be dining there. But, here we were in the venerable dining room of Arzak Restaurant. The following are pictures of most of our dinner, but cannot truly capture the amazing experience we had. Everything lived up to our expectations and very well exceeded them.¬† These are not foodie crazed photos with perfect lighting and composition, rather, they are a way for me to remember the multitude of dishes we had. It’s all about the experience. Get ready, there are countless courses on this tasting menu.

 

Oysters

 

 

 

Lobster

 

Cromlech, onion, tea

 

 

Artichokes, chestnuts, cardoons

 

 

 

Sole with ginger oil

 

 

Low tide monkfish

 

 

 

Venison

 

 

 

Wild duck with orange and corn

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolate marbles

 

 

Soup and chocolate

 

 

 

Pistachio and beet root

 

 

 

After the first two courses, I was getting full. But, I didn’t come all this way to squander a gastronomic opportunity¬† We both persevered and ate our way through 13 courses, not counting the 5 amuse that preceeded the menu. To round out an already fantastic meal, the chef visited with our table and even offered to let us see the kitchen. That was just too good to be true. I’ve been in my fair share of fine dining kitchens, and this one blows them all away. The size alone made my jaw drop. And, the separate dessert kitchen is a dream.Thanks to the wonderfully talented kitchen staff, the seamless professional service and graciousness of the chef, this was a night to remember.

 

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