Txikiteo Taberna Vasca, Barcelona
Given that our initial intention to go to San Sebastián on this trip got nixed, it was fortunate that we happened to step into this Basque restaurant here in Barcelona (7 Josep Anselm Clavé, 93-412-4157), as if it were a form of consolation. We got a huge spread of items, including a garlic soup that hardly tasted of garlic, as well as something called pisto, which was a thick mix of tomato, peppers, and zucchini that made for great bread dipping.
My favorite of the bunch was the gulas a la vasca, or young eels sitting in a little dish of bubbling hot oil, garlic, and chili peppers. These weren't giant unagi-type eels, but rather little noodle-like things that one never would have thought was a form of seafood at all.
Some items pushed the envelope a bit though, including the marmitako stew in the photo up at the top. The dark cubes of tuna carried enough of a fishy stank to the point where we only ate the potatoes. I also got some Arceniaga black pudding that, while edible enough, had a bit more of a bloody aroma than the stuff from yesterday. I'm glad I tried it all either way - next time we'll just have to make sure that we actually head over to the Basque Country to get it straight from the source.