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La Cuchara de San Telmo


We had the suckling pig (9.5/10), grilled octopus (7/10), razor clams (7/10), tomato dish (5/10).

Apparently the steak is amazing too. Definitely worth going for the pork alone.

Recommended by Nick's friends (particularly for the chuleton steaks).

"Hefty portions, low prices, glowing reputation: La Cuchara is not exactly glamorous, but it’s a landmark. The whiff of slow-cooked suckling pig and roar of raucous gluttony will lure you to this narrow, warm, dark haunt beside the Santa María church and Museo San Telmo. People jostle to order bread and pig’s ear, or octopus, or carrillera de ternera al vino tinto (all around €3-€5), then head outside to grab one of four tables in the alley. Call into nearby La Viña afterwards for the famous baked cheesecake, served in massive slabs."

— The Guardian article

> "This is one spot where you’re going to want to order several different plates. It fills up really quickly, so make sure to arrive early and nab one of the tables outside to avoid the throngs of people at the bar. Their roasted suckling pig and foie gras are arguably the best in town. The skin on the former is perfectly crispy while the latter is nicely seared and served with an apple compote that helps cut into the richness of the fatty liver. Their grilled octopus also has a nice char on it and is prepared so well that there’s no hint of chewiness."

— Forbes

Overall rating... 9/10

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