Not everything is as it seems in Zeruko, so prepare to be surprised in this modernist bar in San Sebastián’s old town. Is that a glazed tomato? No, wait…
The pintxos here are elaborate works of art. Amazingly innovative creations are beautifully presented in an overwhelming display that covers the bar – it’s a feast for the senses. Grab a plate, choose your pintxos and then hand them over to your server who will whisk away the ones that need to be heated. The creamy sea urchin is awesome.
It’s such a captivating array, but don’t forget the blackboard of made-to-order dishes, just inside the door. A particular favourite is La Hoguera (The Bonfire) – a tender sliver of cod which you cook yourself over a mini barbecue of smoking coals, served with a herby mayonnaise and a test-tube shot of liquid salad. Yum!
Everything is reasonably priced. If you’re lucky enough to get a table, try the Menú Degustación (a tasting menu of 7 dishes, plus a dessert). You can make a reservation for this too.
Zeruko can be really crowded, and its popularity is a testimony to the variety and quality of the experimental food served here. So either get here early or be patient, be brave and get stuck in. The hype is justified – it’s an experience not to be missed!
NOTE: In June 2018 the team opened the doors to a new Zeruko, just a couple of steps away from the original on the same street, at number 6. It looks like this is a little more restauranty, and does not have the vast array of pintxos that you’ll see at their sister bar. This seems to be causing confusion with some hungry pintxo lovers, who are visiting the new bar at not realising they are in the wrong place – you’ll still find Zeruko’s pintxo bar at number 10!