Casa Rufo

Top choice basque in New Town

Tucked in the back of a small deli and wine shop, Casa Rufo feels something like a hidden dining spot – albeit one that's terrible at keeping secrets (reserve ahead). Amid shelves packed with top-quality wines, diners tuck into delectable Navarran asparagus and mushrooms with foie, followed by rich oxtail stew, chargrilled steak and flavour-packed chipirones en su tinta (baby squid in ink).

It's the kind of place where the amiable owner makes his way around the tables checking on diners. Football fans should ask for insight into Athletic Bilbao – he's a huge booster.