La parrilla
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The grill

The grill is the warm and well-loved place that really makes the most out of the different cuts of exceptional meat, seafood and fish that reach our harbours. It is the sanctuary where a blend of sensations and memories are prepared to transcend and settle in those that eat there, and which may accompany us for life. The great grill, with its iron structure, its fire and the magical aroma released by the combination of embers and food, forms a spectacle for the eyes, nose and palate that truly makes Urola Kosta stand out. Here, the grills are not hidden away in the kitchen. On the contrary, they are installed outside restaurants, fixed to the façades, even on the pavements, where they form part of the urban landscape. Passers-by greet the cooks, their hands in the flour, as the immense sky does the work of the extractor fan, and you can smell what’s cooking from many metres away.

The origin of this outdoor cooking culture seems to lie in the history of bartenders allowing sailors to prepare fish for their own consumption, whilst drinking and socialising outside the bars and restaurants. Cheers!

When Juan Sebastián Elcano died in 1526, he left "two iron grills" as inheritance in his will. Getaria was the first place to start grilling hake napes, which at the time were usually considered a scrap and used only to make soup.

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