I have a thread on the France page: Where should we stay and eat in the Basque Country?
Here's the first response: "I liked Kaiku in St. Jean de Luz. Great seafood in a casual atmosphere.
In Bayonne, Cheval Blanc has a Michelin star. I had a very good meal here last fall but the service is a bit cold. I can look at my notes if you want more detail..
In San Sebastian, Cuchara de San Telmo has amazing tapas; their specialty is foie but there are lots of seafood and meat pintxos as well. I ate through the entire menu on three successive nights in the city."
Here's the second: "Do try to make it over to San Sebastian where you will many of Spain's finest restaurants as well as some of the best pinxtos. One can dine at three star restaurants such as Arzak, Akelare and Martin Berasategui for about half the cost of those in Paris. La Parte Vieja in San Sebastian are filled with terrific tapas/pinxtos places. One can't go wrong by just dropping by on any that looks good, have a few pinxtos then move on to the next. Some of the best are the above mentioned Cuchara de San Telmo, Ganbara, Alona Berrie, La Cepa and Bergara. They are all clustered together so hopping from one to another is the common practice. You can find many postings on the Spain board. On weekends, cars with French license plates are very common in the parking areas of many of the restaurants in the Spanish Basque area."
And here's the third: "I second Akelare where I had a wondeful dinner. They so kind as to accomodate thier menu with half portions so that we coudl taste more dishes. I still have a vivid memory of the portk trotter.
On the other hand I was slightly desappointed by Arzak which was suppoed to be the highlight of the trip. I am sure it is a very good restaurant if you're around, but it is not worth the trip as El Bulli can be."
re: Alta Bob
Alta Bob you sound like you know about San Sebastian. I am in Spain for 3 months writing about the varied cuisines in differing regions of Spain, and am having trouble finding any courses for one. I am working/travelling alone and can't find a cooking class. Anything good? I'll also be going to Bilbao, Galicia, Sevilla, Granada and Jerez. Any advice would be appreciated.