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Just Like in San Sebastian

April 23, 2014

Donosti Pintxos Y Tapas

The tapas train is still rolling through Manila at high speed, but thankfully its latest stop has an offering that’s just a little different – at Donosti Pintxos Y Tapas, the new restaurant in Fort Bonifacio, Basque tapas is the name of the game. Taking inspiration from the region so famed for its cuisine (San Sebastián, or Donostia, is the city iconic chef Ferran Adria considers the best in the world for food), native chefs Pablo Lopez Iglesias and Borja Duran Cid are aiming to bring something new to the city’s tapas-saturated table.
Donosti focuses on ‘pintxos’ (local lingo for ‘bar finger food’), small plates intended to be served with or on garlicky toast, and a frequently changing menu highlights some of the best Basque flavours this side of the Atlantic. On any given day, cold cuts range from the classic (jamon iberico) to the playful (‘fuet de vic’, an air-dried cured pork sausage), and egg dishes include the delightful huevos estrellados (eggs and chorizo over French fries). Garlic shrimp, pickled anchovies, and Madrileno ox tripe stew round out the finger lickin’ delicacies, while main courses feature sinful roasted Spanish baby lamb and Bilbao-style Chilean seabass. Add a pitcher of the restaurant’s signature sangria to pair, and all that’s missing now is the Biscay breeze…
G/F / NAC Building / 32nd St / Fort Bonifacio / +63 917 849 2205 / closed Sun /