PENSION LARREA in Donostia
It's a pension or guesthouse right above the bars in Parte Vieja or Old Town in Donostia-San Sebastián. If you want to do a serious pintxos bar crawl, locate yourselves in this area. You can eat and drink to death and never mind that the crowd can be noisy especially on weekends.
The rooms are clean, though spartan. But the real attraction here is Amparo. She is a widow, lives alone, tidies up the place squeaky clean, and if she likes you, may even cook white asparagus and artichokes for you. As she did for mi sobrina y nieto. Our friends and family have stayed with Amparo a total of 3 times. And Amparo remembers. 💕
This is Amparo. True Basque, through and through. She hardly speaks English but her hand gestures and facial expressions will suffice to make her understood. If you read the reviews, those who've stayed here were obviously charmed by Amparo. She welcomes you, and easily makes you a friend. Not a guest, but a dear friend. She has a good memory and remembers her guests very well. Tells you how interested she is in people. If you're not looking for luxury but just a modest, tidy, safe and excellently located guesthouse, this is it.
Daci & Daci Bakers (Hobart)
Read about it. Good reviews. So that when we passed it, we went in to check out the place. Oh, there were many choices. And everything looked good!
We settled on a lamb stew pie and some kind of frittata with kale. Both served with green salad. Plus a flat white and a latté. Very filling. Tempting to enjoy some desserts but no space in our jolly bellies!
Honestly? I wouldn't mind eating here again. There's so much to try, each looking so delectable. Each piece served with fresh salad. And I just can't complain about the coffee and the service too. Yeah, check it out. From the Waterfront, just walk up Murray Street. It should be on your right walking up. Buen Provecho!
Restaurant 58 Tour Eiffel
They change the menu twice a year. Picnic lunch is available but a romantic dinner maybe a better deal if you like the idea of an illuminated Eiffel Tower to enjoy the city lights as dusk falls.
A flute of champagne to welcome the entree of either smoked salmon or Foie Gras. There are other choices too. Linger over the menu at your own risk. Agonize. Suffer. But it's hard to go wrong with any from this well-curated menu. It maybe the touristy thing to do but hey, who'd pass up the chance to dine here around a table by the window overlooking the city?
For your mains, how about a lamb stew? Or to curb the guilt, a fillet of cod? Once more, the menu options can confuse you but suck in the ambience and order what comes top of mind. The portions are very French, but that's alright. It leaves room for desserts! Profiteroles ? Almond fingers?
In the end, your "Eiffel Night" is satisfied, you've had your French food fix, you're still swooning over your desserts and it's one off your bucket list. Touristy or not, you've enjoyed the meal and the view. Not bad!