My recent visit to Barcelona was full of foodie delights that I want to share with you. I’ve picked out four to give you a flavour of my trip….
It wouldn’t be a trip to Barcelona without some fantastic tapas and the one I would recommend is Elisabet’s; a relaxed tapas place in El Raval area of the city which is popular with locals. The restaurant opened in 1962 and has walls adorned with old radios and black and white photographs. One of their specialities is patatas bravas topped with bolognese. The little green padron peppers covered in salt are so moreish that we had to order a second serving. This place is very affordable; we had plenty to eat and drink and the bill was around €15 each.
There are a couple of Bacoa Burger restaurants in Barcelona. I went to the one near the Universitat but also noticed one at the beach near W Hotel. This is casual dining where you place your order at the counter and your burger is cooked to order. I opted for La Bacoa which is topped with smoked bacon and Manchego cheese. The burger was very good quality and tasted great. Highly recommended and open until 1am so great for some late night food!
Alongside the tapas and street food, Barcelona has a thriving fine dining scene. I wanted to have one really special meal during my four day break and after some online research I came across Petit Pau. The restaurant is located in the rustic Sants area of the city and seats just 16 people.
Proprietor, Pau, welcomed us with a glass of cava and talked us through the mouth-watering menu which was written in Catalan. The menu is small but perfectly formed with six starters and six mains to choose from. The decision was quite painful as every dish sounded delicious!
Some of the highlights of our meal were octopus salad, fois gra with apple puree and sea bass in a muscle broth. Each dish was cooked to perfection and the flavour combinations were just amazing. Pau carefully chooses local Catalonian wines to go with the regularly changing menu and as a result, there is one variety of red and one variety of white wine available (priced at only €12 a bottle).
This was a fantastic dining experience from start to finish and I cannot recommend it highly enough! Pau was knowledgeable and so welcoming. The three course meal and wine came in at less than €50 per person.
Due to its size and popularity, you need to book Petit Pau a few months in advance. You can book by sending a message to their Facebook page here.
Barcelona is famous for its food markets and the most famous of all is The Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, known simply as La Boqueria. It is, of course, a tourist trap, and if you are a serious foodie you might want to go off the beaten track and explore one of the less well known markets. However, La Boqueria is right on Las Ramblas and I think definitely worth a visit to take in the sights and smells. We grabbed some delicious fresh oysters and razor clams from a stall while we wandered round. When we got peckish again we found a tapas bar towards the back of the market and ordered a few dishes.
Barcelona has everything a food lover could want from cheap and quick eats to luxury Michelin star restaurants. There were so many places on my list that I didn’t get a chance to try that there’s only one thing for it – I better start planning my next trip!