Discover the Basque Country

Restaurante Kaia-Kaipe


Walking into the sun-filled atmosphere with a sea view of Zarautz and distant Donostia-San Sebastián, I recalled how I first met manager and chef Igor Arregui at his Restaurante Kaia-Kaipe over a spectacular dinner here in Getaria.  This time I had my camera and I wanted to capture some of the ambiance and check out the amazing wine list.

Last year at lunch with USA friends, we heard a group of Scottish food and wine connoisseurs step out of Kaia-Kaipe’s bodega (cellar).  They repeated what I had heard previously—that Kaia-Kaipe might just have the best wine list in all Iberia.  Wow.  So today Igor invited me to see the bodega firsthand and I caught some of the decades-old vintages through the lens.  I saw wines from the 1940’s and there are some from 1920; the range of years and price is immense and many bottles Igor just enjoys privately with friends and family, savouring the richness of flavours.

The beautiful thing about Kaia-Kaipe is not just the quality food and wine, it’s the experience—Igor’s welcome, the familial atmosphere and the friendly staff—a pleasure to visit.  I will have to drop back in with my camera another time to highlight the superb menu!

Words & Photos by Jonathan McCallum

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