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Ranked #6 of 102 Restaurants in Hondarribia
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed April 13, 2014

As a solo female traveller it can sometimes be a little daunting going to restaurants alone. Not so in this case. The staff were flawless and identified me as an English speaker but allowed me to communicate in Spanish as I like to practice.
A quiet Sunday lunch and each dish was presented and served beautifully. Each dish was wonderfully flavoured and immensely enjoyable. The beef sirloin in particular will take a lot to be beaten!
A meal that will not be forgotten! Eskerrik asko

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Reviewed January 1, 2014

We first visited Alameda back in November 2006 when the ten course degustation just blew us away. Unforgettable and unsurpassed, legends are made of lesser stuff.
Seven years is a long time in terms of human endeavour and it is impressive that Alameda has even survived. But somehow the “gods of food” tugged us back towards Hondarribia. Expectations and anxiety are high.
We remember Spanish roads in general as being pretty poor and those getting into Hondarribia are terrible, even worse than before. The roads as a statement for the state of the Spanish economy? Could there be an equal demise at Alameda?
We find the Alameda as serene as ever and the feast to beyond our best hopes. The restaurant has survived a mere seven years with ease and has grown in many subtle ways. But this is to be expected given the legacy of the three generations who have owned and managed “the Mall”.
The current master of the kitchen, Gorka Txapartegi, tells us of the inspiration to him and his family of the revered grandmother Julia. Of recipes handed down through the generations and stored in memory. Cuisine founded on the brilliant local produce of the Basque region, done in a Basque way. The modern custodians are the brothers Txapartegi, Mikel who manages the dining room, Kepa the general of the kitchen and Gorka the master.
And what good hands the family Enterprise is in, which is established very quickly as our selected menú begins to arrive. We have selected three entrées and three mains covering most of the food groups on the menu as well as a couple of diverse deserts. For empathy with the local food flavours we select a local dry white interestingly of the Hondarribia variety as well as a dry regional red.
Our first treat is “just” an appetiser of pumpkin and citrus soup, which pulls our taste buds in several directions, wholesome and tangy at the same time. We would like to see a lot more of this. But then it is on to the entrées and the first is the intriguing smoked Banka Trout with sprouts herbs and idiazabal cheese. The smoked trout is from the tiny French Basque town of Banca where we will be in a few days, and this fresh offering is a tantalising and subtle offering.
And then there was the tuna, fresh from the Bay of Biscay. The slices of tuna are quite thin, maybe half a centimetre, and come marinated in citrus fruit with a cold tomato soup and sprouts. This dish is melt in the mouth wonderful with the citrus and tomato providing the perfect lift to the brilliant fish. It is our pick as the plate of the day. On our last visit the thermal egg was a highlight and the egg with a truffled potato with garlic soup is again unforgettable, a wonderful compliment of earthy flavours.
Pork is not generally one of our favoured food sources. But if you need a dose of pig then Alameda is the place for pig, it is heaven for pork. The glazed pork jonl with seaweed roasted apple and nuts is an amazing taste bursting entrée and the pork main which follows is stunning as it is simply delicious. Our other main, the local lamb which is quite subtle by contrast, is left floundering a little, but only just
For desert we have selected a caramelised pear with eucalyptus and chocolate which is refreshing and rich with a contrast of eucalypt and chocolate adding intrigue, but how good is that bread and butter pudding? Sorry Grandma, a new high standard has been set with wonderful rich and wholesome flavour accentuated with a touch of sundried fruit. Throughout the local Talai Berri dry white Hondarribia grape wine has been a pleasant and crisp benchmark while the rich local red held the pork and lamb in line. (Oh and "saltiness" was not an issue)
So why have we stayed away from Hondarribia so long? Certainly the distance and the local roads don’t help. But when we get there we are in heaven. It was seven years between meals last time, but we will be heading back very, very soon. Alameda is better than its current one Michelin star!!

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1  Thank Constant T
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

Service was excellent but I always want the great meal more than the service! The ravioli dish (starter) was too salty, the hake was good but I ordered it with the fresh vegetables and got the rice in squid ink which was no big great dish either. My wife got sea bass which she liked but we are from the California coast and are used to getting excellent fresh fish. Our friend got the fish in seaweed but he had to ask where the seaweed was! The waiter said it was there but you couldn't see it...just a very light broth. The bread pudding we had was really the only dish we all thought was great. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant because it doesn't deserve the Michelin star by any stretch.

1  Thank Barton W
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

Classic Basque cooking with a contemporary flair and brilliant presentation; freshest ingredients and not a disappointing item on the entire menu; fish and seafood dishes are absolutely perfect, not to mention everything else: interesting appetizers, firstrate meat offerings and a creative offering of desserts! Outstanding wine pairings and an interesting but not huge wine list.
This is a restaurant with a spacious dining room and perfect service ( considerable space between tables enables good conversation, no dish clatter in the room, quiet and attentive staff are not obtrusive, friendly and courteous service) This is a PERFECT example of what a Michelin Star restaurant should be: superb cuisine, fine setting, flawless service (although not everyone with a star lives up to this standard!) The big plus is that it is affordable; prices are quite reasonable and one can eat less well for more money at many other places in the area.
This is one of the best restaurants in the Basque country, and a model of what a fine restaurant should be, not only for the cooking but for the ambiance as well. Nearby restaurants with more stars and higher prices cant compare to this for perfection without the silly conceits of experimental cuisine: this is classic food of the highest quality prepared in a manner that respects the great tradition of Basque food and hospitality. A perfect restaurant, worthwhile to visit even if your are not staying in Hondarribia!

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1  Thank 101coastie
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Reviewed October 17, 2013 via mobile

We were impressed and absolutely loved the tasting menu which is changing seasonally. The food was brilliantly presented, fresh and delicious. It was impossible to single out our favourite dish but I must admit the roast pigeon with foie gras and chutney was a winner. We thought that the quality of the food is equal to 2 Michelin starred restaurants that we have been to but at an even better cost. We will not hesitate to return the next time we are in Hondarribia.

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