It was a mere 4 years ago that I first I stepped foot in Biarritz. And on that very trip, I chanced upon a little tapas place called Puig & Daro. Seduced by their window display of scrumptious looking tapas, there was no way I could walk by without tasting a few!
You know what also stopped me in my tracks? Their prices! Prices range from 1-2 euros per tapa and you can also order hot dishes, such as baked camembert, mussels, and sautéed squid from 7 euros onwards. Just a few steps away from the market place in town (Les Halles de Biarritz), you can find Puig & Daro across the street. With limited seating on the terrace and inside, this little joint is often jam-packed during apero hours. Gin and tonic, wine, beer, a little bit of Ricard — happy hour can’t get any better when it’s accompanied by these tasty tapas bites!
Once you’ve gotten your table, you can head on inside to pick out whatever your heart desires and a server will promptly come out with your tapas platter. Do have a look at their menu to order something extra (HINT: their foie gras maison or sautéed squid “chipirons” in a buttery parsley sauce).
Holy molyyyyyyy! Their foie gras maison dissolves like a velvety butter spread! ???? That is a MUST order, my friends.
My favourite tapas were the anchois mariné et tapenade (marinated anchovy and tapenade), risotto cèpes (risotto with porcini mushroom), tapenade et charcuterie (tapenade, guindilla green pepper, chorizo, dried sausage, and lomito) and for dessert, the verrine ananas, basilic et coco (mini jar of pineapple, basil, and coconut whipped cream). Whenever I see anchovies or guindilla green peppers on a tapas or pintxos menu, I make sure it finds its merry little way on to my plate!
The magret séché creme de foie gras (dried duck breast with foie gras) was pretty tasty as was the chipirons à la plancha (sauteed squid in buttery parsley sauce).
Of course, all the tapas in jambon (ham) form were delish! Jambon bayonne, bellota (LOVE!), saucisson, chorizo… I have a weak spot for jambon bellota, more commonly known as Jamón ibérico de bellota. Bellota ham is truly a wondrous thing, oh how it melts in your mouth! My only qualms were that I found the tortillas maison (Spanish omelette) quite bland and mistook the gazpacho de betterave et fromage frais as a dessert (beetroot gazpacho with cream cheese) since it was above the tray of mini dessert jars, my bad!
Last but not least, the hospitality at Puig & Daro is warm and lovely. The staff running Puig & Daro come across as bon vivants who take pride in what they do! Bref, come and get your tapas fix at Puig & Daro when in Biarritz!
Till our next meal together,
Location: 34 Rue Gambetta, 64200 Biarritz, France