Venezuelan chef Julio Flames wants “nothing to mask the essence of the product” here, believing in the natural flavors of his ingredients and valuing simplicity. Drawing on his cooking experience accrued around the world, Flames conjures up high-quality international cuisine like sashimi of sea bass with a truffle and yuzu dressing, entrecote with pimientos del piquillo and pont neuf potatoes, and crema catalana with natural vanilla. La Nuez is located on the outskirts of Pamplona’s Old Town, away from the city’s main tourist area, and is supplied by local producers.
Address & telephone number: 4 Calle Taconera, Pamplona, Spain, +34 948 22 81 30
Casa Otano has been part of Pamplona’s culinary scene since 1912 and has remained in the hands of the Otano family for the duration of its history, each generation maintaining the regional recipes that have been passed down to them. In its three rooms, which combine traditional and modern design, you can sample delicious dishes like salmorejo with ham shavings or Mediterranean salad with tuna, asparagus, a lettuce bouquet, candied tomatoes and basil, and then top it all off with a quality Navarre Rioja.
Address & telephone number: 5 Calle de San Nicolás, Pamplona, Spain, +34 948 22 70 36
Over 30 types of tapas, pintxos, and other assorted snacks can be ordered here at Basseri, which has received numerous awards over the years for its innovative approach to food. An example of the experimentation that has led to reward is a tapas dish composed of cubes of gelatinized vegetable puree, a concoction which includes asparagus, carrot, cabbage, peas, and piquillo peppers. The team behind Baserri have managed to retain a traditional ambiance while continuing to innovate, they have even introduced ostrich meat to their menu.
Address & telephone number: 32 Calle San Nicolás, Pamplona, Spain, +34 948 22 20 21
This landmark of Pamplona cuisine has catered to those participating in the San Fermin celebrations for decades, and the street where it is located is actually part of the bull-running route. The meat hanging from the rafters contributes to its rustic charm. Try the capricho escombro – shavings of the finest quality Iberian ham from Sánchez Romero Carvajal, chorizo, and pork loin, or the brochette of courgette, elvers, and piquillo sauce with baby vegetables.
Address & telephone number: 50 Calle de la Estafeta, Pamplona, Spain, +34 948 22 77 13