Do You Deskontu?

Casa Mirones. San Juan.

Casa Mirones. San Juan.

I wonder if Casa Mirones in San Juan had ever taken 1,400 booking in a day before the 6th of July 2011. And I wonder what the reaction was like in the restaurant on the 7th! Jubilation? Excitement? Stress? But if you´re going to offer a nine course meal, with delicacies like kokotchas (fish cheeks), spider crab, grilled prawns and cava sorbet for 29€ with drinks, bread and tax included, you can’t really complain when you get the odd booking. It´s the kind of thing that will get a Basque excited. 1,400 of them to be exact.

If restaurants from Gipuzkoa keep getting bookings from at the current rate there´ll be no room left for the rest of us. And it´s not surprising. The simple idea of a set menu in well known and respected restaurants at hugely discounted prices is bound to be a winner. And amongst other things, that´s exactly what does. One offer. One day. One hell of a lot of bookings.

There are other offers on there as well. Most of which sound pretty appealing. From day

Gondolin Concha. Donostia-San Sebastian

Gondolin Concha. Donostia-San Sebastian

spas to beauty sessions, from guided trips in caves to stand up paddle surf in la concha, or wedding photographers and sex toys, deskontu offers a nice little surprise every day. But it´s the restaurants which get the biggest uptake. The template is always the same. A set menu of food for two people. Sometimes limited in number, like the lucky 100 couples who will be first to try Patxi Aizpuru´s new menu in the Restaurante Urbano. Always only available for 24 hours, which was great for the 460 people who booked up for the Restaurante Galerna in Orio.

In order to take up the offer, you have to register your details at When you make a booking, you get emailed a code to present at the establishment and you get a limited time to take up the offer, usually a couple of months.

Online outlets offering mammoth discounts is getting to be a bit of trend in Spain. Shops with 40%, 50%, 60% and 70% off big designer brands are cropping up like mushrooms – Privalia, Vente Prive, Ofertix, Buy Vip and the like. I must admit I´m a regular purchaser and think the idea is superb. They are starting to broaden their offering from simply fashion to travel, food and drink and entertainment. As far as I´m concerned, all the better. But one of the things that make Deskontu a little different is that it offers a real local flavour. It´s only available in SanSe, Bilbo and Logroño. And that means it´s not dominated by global brands like McDonalds, Pans and Company and Pizza X, Y or Z. These are all local, often family run businesses being given the chance to offer local products to a local audience (or to those visiting). Which also means that you can be more flexible and adapt your offering to the local audience.

In PintxoBoy´s opinion, the global internet village at its best.


About PintxoBoy

Scottish by birth and in my heart. Basque by lifestyle and in my stomach. Living in San Sebastián where I eat and comment about as many pintxos as I can. In my spare time I work in Marketing the renewable energy sector.
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2 Responses to Do You Deskontu?

  1. Iris V. Saenz says:

    I just registered at deskontu. Thank you for the heads up! Will be in San Sebastian October 16th. Can’t wait.

  2. Gigis_mum says:

    Thanks for sharing, Pintxoboy! Interesting that you mention Restaurante Urbano. We had a lovely dinner there this past July (my review is linked below). Weirdly enough, several people have written before and after about it and they absolutely hated it.

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