We took a quick weekend trip to Basque country and stumbled (not literally) into a couple of lovely experiences at Aura and Gin Fizz in Bilbao.
Aura is a small restaurant a block off the main square in Bilbao’s old city. The place was a quiet respite from the boisterous partying that was going on. The owner Alicia was warm and accommodating and the food, cooked by her son was terrific.
Highlights included a regional risotto-like dish – Arroz de Setas – that uses no dairy but in which the rice is slowly incorporated with an herbal, vegetable stock. I had it with beef medallions. The other great dish was a passionfruit eclair. THe creany sauce contained their version of pop-rocks!
We can’t wait to get back to try more from the menu. Here is the website Aura.
Later in the evening, tired and hankering for a cocktail, we found Gin Fizz. A small, but bright bar with an excellent selection of liquors and even more impressive talent behind the bar.
One more frightening image: