Time for another San Sebastián Restaurant Week face-off.
Among my eating travails this week are two Old Part stalwarts, La Fábrica and Patxi Aizpuru. La Fábrica is ranked number two on Trip Advisor (!) for San Sebastián.
Patxi Aizpuru: Selection of Seasonal Vegetables
This dish was a complete surprise. It’s not as easy as one would think to find all the typical vegetables of the season in one place, much less on one plate. And that’s what Patxi does at his Old Part restaurant. You get asparagus, artichokes, spring onion and whatever other veggies are in season (he informed us we had just missed the favas).
La Fábrica: Porcini and wild mushroom ravioli.
There aren’t too many ways to lose when you’re mixing two delicious mushrooms and stuffing them in pasta dough, to be coated with a thick, rich sauce.
And the winner is: Patxi Aizpuru. The dish at La Fábrica was absolutely delicious, but in a way that was much more predictable than Patxi’s plate. Plus, he gets extra points for his passion, coming out and explaining to us exactly which mountain his veggies were grown on, and all about the “majo chaval” that grows them. What American can resist that talk?
Round two over! Stay tuned.