Pamplona sits in the centre of the Spanish province of Navarra, where verdant Pyrenean pastures gradually give way to the semi-arid Spanish heartland. Bordered by France to the north, the Basque Country to the west, La Rioja to the south and Aragon to the east, this formidable combination of neighbouring cuisines blends with Navarra’s own culinary sensibilities. As such, dining out in Pamplona is a highlight of visiting the city. Here are some excellent restaurants to explore.
If it’s meat you’re after, look no further than the grill restaurant Anttonenea. This unpretentious, fine-dining restaurant’s tasting menu is the star of the show and changes regularly. The emphasis is on recipes from the Navarra region and its neighbouring cuisines. Past favourites have included a foie mille feuille with goat’s cheese, caramelised apple and chocolate bread. Slightly less unusual is the grilled octopus with fried peppers and roast potatoes.
Often, inventive cuisine comes with an innovator’s premium added to the prices – but not at Oveja Negra. The name, meaning Black Sheep, is anything but a disgrace to its fellow restaurants. Simple pintxos include cod croquettes and Russian salad – but the real bargain is the three-course menu of the day, with options on the mains list that include roast pork knuckle with sweet potato puree. Leave some room for the goxua de pamplona – a regional dessert of whipped cream, sponge cake and caramelised custard cream.
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