There it was, that must be it over there! A modern building overlooking the road, alas it was a false hope, just some random bar! Then we passed the truck at the front playing Richard Clayderman over tinny speakers. There was an old man ahead with a kind face and a staff. Yes Akelaŕe is just up there he pointed! Finally we'd reached the promised land, it was miraculous; there it was a sign! He pointed and smiled! We walked down the road towards the sea, yes this was it! I looked back. Strangely he had disappeared, or was he an apparition? Perhaps he was the Patron Saint of Michelin Starred Diners?
First some appetisers: Sea Garden: Oyster leaf, Mussel with "Shell" Sea Urchins Sponge, "Beach Pebbles" (Shallot and corn, Codium Seaweed Coral, Goose Barnacles tasting tempura.) All absolutely delightful. Nothing is quite at it seems. We'd previously had the Oyster leaf at L'Enclume. You put it in your mouth and wait, slowly the exquisite taste comes to you.
Onto the menu proper; Prawns and French Beans cooked in “Orujo” Fire.
The spectacle of having this flambéed on your table was entertaining, but in the end you're just left with some prawns. Don't get me wrong, some of the very finest prawns you're ever likely to eat, with a delectable smokiness, but I'd be quite hard to impress tonight after last nights 'Best Meal we ever Ate' at Azuemndi Bilbao. We both really enjoyed sucking all the gorgeous juices out of the prawn heads.
It was so good like the very first taste of coconut, and so light and fluffy but slightly crunchy; like aerated foam ice-cream, a real three star dish.
So there it was; our six Michelin star weekend, what an amazing experience!
The next day we were sat at the airport eating the best airport food we've ever eaten, and we saw on a TV screen footage of the pilgrims walking from San Sebastian to the nearby coastal village. They walked all through the night.
We searched in vain for an odd incongruous couple zipping though the crowd, him like a bald headed circus giant but in a smart suit jacket and her, tiny wearing a posh frock, indigo blue tights and kitten heels.
Price: €155 for a taster menu.
Service: Excellent, a tad rushed at times.
Food: 3 Michelin Stars. Enough said.
Star dishes: Foie, Pig and 'Xaxu' dessert.
Score: 9/10. Follow @Bacononthebeech