New: San Sebastian

San Sebastian, in the north of Spain, is a coastal surf hotspot lined with world renowned restaurants.

So it’s no surprise the most recent addition to Palm Beach’s rapidly expanding restaurant scene paid homage to this town by utilizing its name.

With live music, Spain’s traditional Pinxtos and an atmosphere akin to an energetic European holiday, San Sebastian is bringing vibrant, high energy dining to the Gold Coast.

Back to the Pinxtos. Translating to small finger foods, San Sebastian offers a variety of the customary dishes, perfect to accompany a glass of Spanish wine or two.

Try the ‘Gilda’, a traditional dish containing an olive, anchovies and pickled peppers skewered to create a salty, delicious bite.

A definite crowd pleaser is the tiger prawn Pinxtos with mango salsa, an olive, egg and sour cream piled high and skewered onto bread.

Larger plates include Chef Bruno’s pièce de résistance, the Moqueca – a unique blend of seafood and capsicum mellowed with coconut and tomato, served with saffron rice.

But leave room for dessert. Be enticed by the passionfruit and white chocolate mousse sprinkled with toasted coconut. This could well become a daily indulgence.

Of course, Spanish-inspired cocktails also grace the menu. The Lady Marmalade hits the spot, mixing gin, a slap of basil, lime marmalade and shaken. Summer nights never tasted so good.

If a night of music, share plates and guaranteed good times are up your alley, it’s time to give San Sebastian a try. Olé.

HOURS: 5pm to 11pm daily.

LOCATION: 1089 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach (between Sixth and Seventh Ave on the beach side).

Words and photos by Kirra Smith.