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Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Gure Txoko Basque Club, Sydney

Salmorejo chilled tomato soup at Gure Txoko Basque Club in Sydney

Knock on the green wooden door and wait. It’ll slowly swing open with a creak, granting you entry into Gure Txoko Basque Club. Gure Txoko, which means “our corner” in Basque, began as a male-only social club in 1966. These days everyone is welcome to join their Sunday lunch, a three-course meal prepared by member volunteers that costs just $25. Bargain. And the grog is cheap too, with glasses of wine at $4, beer for $5 and bottles of wine starting at $15.

Basque Club dining room paraphernalia at Gure Txoko Basque Club in Sydney
Basque Club dining room paraphernalia

There’s still a blokey feel to the place – its wood-panelled walls are covered in trophies, portraits and sports memorabilia. Lunch isn’t served until 2pm on Sundays but as long as you’ve made a booking*, you can arrive anytime from noon for drinks.

Locals dining at the Gure Txoko Basque Club in Sydney
Locals dining at the Basque Club

Hang with the Basque locals – a mix of friends, families and wizened old timers – but do make sure you check out the pelota court at the back, a traditional handball game that uses curved baskets to hurl a rubber ball at breakneck speed.

Pelota court at Gure Txoko Basque Club in Sydney
Pelota court

Salmorejo chilled tomato soup at Gure Txoko Basque Club in Sydney
Salmorejo chilled tomato soup

The menu changes from week to week but expect rustic home-style cooking served on mismatched vintage crockery. On our visit we start with salmorejo, a chilled tomato soup laced with garlic and paprika, garnished with shredded Serrano ham, chopped hard-boiled eggs and croutons.



Marmitako Basque fish stew at Gure Txoko Basque Club in Sydney
Marmitako Basque fish stew

Main course is marmitako, a Basque fish stew that translates as “from the pot”. It’s a hearty serve of tuna, carrots and potatoes simmered into a rich seafood stock.

Baked cheesecake at Gure Txoko Basque Club in Sydney
Baked cheesecake

Dessert is a massive wedge of baked cheesecake.

Volunteer chef in the kitchen at the Gure Txoko Basque Club in Sydney
Behind the scenes in the kitchen

Everything comes out of a tiny kitchen, manned not by the nonnas you’d expect, but a brigade of young and chirpy volunteers. There might be a gap between courses but no-one’s in a hurry. Sit back, relax, and Basque in the last lazy hours of your weekend.

*Sunday lunch seats must be pre-booked by 5pm of the Friday beforehand

Estrella Damm lager at Gure Txoko Basque Club in Sydney
Estrella Damm lager beer brewed in Barcelona $5

Entry instructions at Gure Txoko Basque Club in Sydney
Basque Club entry instructions

Entry to Gure Txoko Basque Club in Sydney


Gure Txoko Basque Club Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Gure Txoko Basque Club
344 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9331 5612

Opening hours:
Sundays 12.00pm - 6pm
Special events may finish later
Lunch always served at 2pm

This article first appeared in Time Out Sydney. Read this article online or read more of my Time Out Sydney reviews.
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