Antonio and I were incredibly lucky to have Zarautz Taberna Vasca a block away from our hotel in the Sants neighborhood of Barcelona. It was unassuming, so we expected nothing and came out completely in love. So in love that we went in for a second visit.
For the first visit we walked in for lunch. We had just arrived at the hotel and were pretty hungry. As soon as we walked in our server (who we found out a few minutes later is named Alex) showed us to a table. This Basque-Catalan restaurant was full of locals drinking beer, wine and cider and making constant visit to the bar for cold tapas.
Our hotel had given us a voucher for one free tapas and a complimentary drink. We started off with this. It was the restaurant’s choice. We were given a sausage tapa with a glass of cider. The sausage was sinfully delicious. It’s greasiness was cut perfectly by the bread it sat on. This was win #1.
After this lovely starter we decided to share two dishes. Antonio selected the Huevos Estrellados con Foie Fresco (smashed eggs with fresh foie). Decadence should have been the name of this dish. Seared foie, perfectly cooked eggs and a sweet vinegar that somehow brought the whole thing together.
Our next dish was the risotto with trumpet mushrooms and a crunchy Parmesan addition. Off the hook. The risotto was creamy without being overly rich. The mushrooms added the gentlest umami. A lovely dish.
Our bellies were full, our cava glasses empty and we were two happy people. Then a little surprise; a bowlful of miniature chocolate chip cookies. The bill came to 63 Euros. Not bad in comparison to most mediocre meals we had over the past two months.
The next evening; we were too tired to go anywhere so we decided to hit up Zarautz again. Since we had already had actual dishes; we decided to try out their tapas. They were all wonderful. Here is a sampling of those we enjoyed:
Anchovies, cheese topped with a green olive.
Chorizo tapa and a fried cornish hen egg tapa.
Morcilla and cebolla (blood sausage and onion) tapa.
Cornish hen egg and seared foie.
Sobrasada sausage with cheese and honey and pinxto Moruno.
If you find yourself in the Sants neighborhood by Miro Park or the Industrial Spain park, take a walk and check it out. It is definitely worth it.
Zarautz Taberna Vasca is located at C/Elisi, 13, 08034 Barcelona, Spain 93 325 28 13