Seafood is the basis of the national cuisine in Bilbao. Various vegetable garnishes are a very popular addition to fish in the restaurants that specialize in the national cuisine. It is important to mention that many restaurants specializing in fish and seafood partner with local fishermen. This guarantees that finest and freshest fish and seafood are always delivered to a cafĂ© or a restaurant in time. In fact, fish and seafood are quite often never refrigerated â€“ local fishermen deliver their catch directly to the cuisine where chefs start cooking it.
Fans of traditional Spanish tapas snacks will have an opportunity to try a special variety of this popular meal in Bilbao â€“ Pintxos. This is the name for small sandwiches that can contain various ingredients. The delicious snack is available in many local restaurants and bars, and its price will not ruin any budget.
Cod remains the most popular dish in local restaurants. It can be cooked in a number of ways, including quite original ones, for example, cod baked in clay pots. Olive oil and garlic are often the only ingredients used with the fish, so it keeps its original taste and aroma. Local chefs use tuna to cook a very interesting soup that is called Marmitako. It is possible to find this soup in virtually any high-class restaurant in the city. Fans of unusual dishes will like horse mackerel fish that is usually served with a special green sauce made of herbs. When it comes to describing fine delicacies in Bilbao, travelers are recommended trying Changurro crab. As a rule, local restaurants bake crabs.