Victor Restaurant and Bilbao marmitaka

Sample typical Basque dishes in the middle of New Square,in one of the city's gastronomic institutions. The atmosphere is perfect.

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Victor Restaurant and Bilbao marmitaka

The best marmitako in the city.

Victor Restaurant, in the middle of New Square, is the ideal place to sample typical Basque dishes. Some say that this restaurant serves the best fish in the city. Open since 1940, it has become an institution. This is a friendly and welcoming place, with around twenty tables. If the weather’s good, they also have a lovely, atmospheric terrace. If you can, we recommend stopping here for your city centre dining experience, where you can enjoy a good ‘marmitako’. This is a typical, native dish, consisting of potato stew with tuna (white or northern), onion, peppers and tomato. The recipe originates from the fishermen of the Cantabrian Sea. The Basque, Cantabrian and Asturian fishermen would go out to sea for several consecutive days, and would bring pots of cooked potatoes and garnishes, to which they would add the fish that they just caught. Generally, the dish is made with tuna, as this is the most popular dish. However, you can find all sorts of varieties, including marmitako with calamari.

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