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San Sebastian: Mondays and has Arzak overcome issues?


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San Sebastian: Mondays and has Arzak overcome issues?

Drogue | Sep 24, 2010 09:38 AM

I realise there are quite a few San Sebastian threads, and they've been a huge amount of help in planning my holiday so far, but I have a couple of questions that I haven't found answers to - where that's good is open on a Monday and how Arzak has been recently or whether it's worth going somewhere like Martin Berasategui instead?

I'm going with my girlfriend from Sun-Thurs at the end of October. I'm a big foodie, and though she likes interesting things, she's not the most adventurous person in many ways (so we decided against Mugaritz) and wasn't taken (surprisingly) with the idea of Extebarri. We already have a reservation at Akelarre for Tuesday lunch.

I was hoping to find something a bit more traditionally Basque for Monday to ease us into things, though the two places that appealed from reviews - Casa Nicolasa and Bodegon Alejandro - are both closed then. Is Zuberoa a good option for this? Is there anywhere else worthwhile (starred or not) in the area that's open on a Monday?

For Wednesday, I like the idea of something both inventive and semi-traditional, so I'm drawn to Arzak, however I noticed a lot of 2009 posts from people disappointed with Arzak, suggesting the quality had dropped when Elena tooker over from Juan Mari. Has anyone been more recently and has an idea of whether these were teething problems that have been overcome or whether Arzak is relying on it's past reputation? Or would it be a better bet to go to Martin Beresategui, as I've seen lots of good reviews of his place? Also, does anyone know how much Arzak's tasting menu is now - Relais & Chateaux suggests €150-170, but I've heard reports of it being €190 now? It's not a huge issue if it's worth it, but at €190 it seems a chunk more than the other 3*s.

Many thanks for any advice!

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