La Esquina (‘The Corner’) Kitchen & Corner pays literal homage to its moniker, with its angular shape and location on the corner of Bergara and Pelai. And as soon as you step over the threshold, you know that you’ve come somewhere special.
The decor at La Esquina has international influences and opts for a casual cosmpolitan look. It might not seem like it at first glance, but there must have been quite an effort involved and the result is welcoming and modern without being clique-y or employing the post-hipster stereotypes of many similar venues. Open, bathed in natural light and decorated with a mixture of wood and new materials, this isn’t the place to go for a quick stop-off.
You could linger all day in La Esquina, watching the trade in hot drinks, meatball sandwiches, home-made cakes and cocktails. In fact, everything prepared in the kitchen and at the bar is natural, artisanal and created with love. You can enjoy exquisite, authentic gourmet coffee, and have breakfast, lunch, snack and (as of a few months back) supper there. The chef, Alan Stewart, originates from London and is a restless, inspired creative -– his risotto, clams with ham, and pasta are foolproof options for a romantic evening meal.
Indeed the food is good whenever you go, as are the drinks. The barman is experienced and makes a Bloody Mary that’s strong, dense, flavourful, spicy and noble. And both the biodynamic wines and artisan beers on offer are top quality. All of which is just a small sample of what you’ll find at a place that’s complete, truly modern and goes beyond already outdated fashions. It makes you happy to be trendy.