Bar Pintxos, a Basque-inspired restaurant, was small, family friendly, and casual, tucked in the back of the Don Gesu building, that featured a regular Pancake House restaurant up front. Since there was no discernable signage from the street, locating it was a challenge. In spite of this, Bar Pintxos’ popularity has apparently grown, purely by word of mouth. Now, I know why. Their featured tapas (small plates) and pintxos (mouth-watering creations built on a small toasted slice of bread) were simply scrumptious. Everything was made from the freshest ingredients. We started with an order of lamb paella (the size was was just enough for one hungry person) & tender Pulpo a la Gallega (octopus) to share. Then we took our time selecting individual pintxos, each one unique and delicious but by no means cheap, considering I could have fitted one entire pintxo into my mouth in one great big bite (cost ranged from 45-240 pesos a piece). Our group talked ourselves into ordering the most unusual thing on the menu—Gulas al Ajillo--basically a bowl full of white round worms (imported surimi eels), cooked in olive oil and chili garlic, and served with slices of toast on the side. At 330 pesos, it was a pretty good deal. It took me all of 10 minutes to muster the courage to sample this rare delicacy…I closed my eyes…took a bite…and swallowed. Quickly. The eels were definitely delectable, but their slippery texture was just a tad disturbing. Oh well. At the very least, it was an “experience.” I ordered their one available beer on tap, Pintxos Pale Ale, while my y husband had a refreshing goblet of Sangria. Both drinks complemented the flavorful food quite nicely, but a few choice wines were also available. I must say that even though serving sizes were on the small side, the food was quite rich, so we did not leave the table hungry. Service was friendly and efficient. My final verdict: pricey, but worthwhile.
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