Okay - we all know tapas comes from Spain - but which part of Spain produces the best tapas? This question when asked to Spaniards would produce a vast array of answers, and probably end in heated debate - so rather than tell you my own opinion and get it wrong, let me try to provide an impartial view.
I discovered this place - Donostia - on the way back home from work one day, and it proved to be one of the finest discoveries I have made this year so far.
First of all, the restaurant specialises in Basque tapas, which is the style of tapas believed to have influenced much of the Northern part of Spain - including Barcelona - and even as far as the capital, Madrid. The first thing to talk about - the gin and tonic- which is a very popular drink in Spain. The glass was huge, and generously filled with ice and gin, with fruit slices placed into the glass to flavour. The menu provided many delights, with dishes of tender octopus and Pipperak (Padron peppers with salt), being particular favourites.
The desserts are also worth hanging around for- with some alcoholic recommendations also made to provide a nice finish to the meal for those who don't particularly have a sweet tooth.
To answer the question of whether the Basque Country has the best tapas in Spain - that I don't think is my place to say - and similarly I can't say this is the best Spanish restaurant in London, as I have nowhere near tried them all, but I haven't enjoyed a restaurant so much all year - so if you want to take me on my word - try for yourself.