FOOD

BEST FOOD TO EAT IN BARCELONA

BEST TAPAS IN BARCELONA

Tapas are small dishes that fill you up faster than you think. You can always ask for more later on.

PIMIENTOS DEL PADRON

PIMIENTOS DEL PADRON

Impossible to predict if one or more will be spicy, don't be a chicken, they are very tasty.

Contains: Green peppers with sea salt flakes.

JAMON SERRANO

JAMON SERRANO

Spanish ham is raw, don't be afraid unless you are pregnant.

Contains: Raw ham mostly.

I only eat it with pa amb tomàquet, see further below.

SOLOMILLO DE TERNERA

SOLOMILLO DE TERNERA

At its best medium cooked ("al punto")

Contains: One Beef Sirloin with crispy toasted bread, pimiento de padrón and sea salt flakes. (we ordered 3 :)

BROCHETA DE GAMBAS

BROCHETA DE GAMBAS

Simply delicious tapa.

Contains: One prawn skewer with sea salt flakes on crispy toasted bread with butter. (we ordered 4 :)


GAMBAS A LA PLANCHA

GAMBAS A LA PLANCHA

Grilled yummy prawns.

Some places are more generous than others...

SEVERAL TAPAS

SEVERAL TAPAS

Croquette on crusty slice of bread (not made of potato).

Crab salad with prawn on top.

TORTILLA DE PATATAS

TORTILLA DE PATATAS

Spanish omelette with fried potatoes.

Contains: eggs, potatoes, sometimes onion, occasionally pepper or chorizo.

Homemade ones, are best!

ALIOLI

ALIOLI

Alioli is a homemade sauce, egg, garlic, salt, whip!

Similar to garlic mayonnaise but tastier, all means garlic, i means and, oli means oil in Catalan, so garlic and oil.


CANELONES (MEATY)

CANELONES (MEATY)

Canelones are similar to lasagne but more meaty and with more bechamel sauce.

In Spain they are always full of meat mostly, the spinach version is rare for them.

BERBERECHOS

BERBERECHOS

Berberechos are cockles.

Cockles and lemon, some add pepper.

ANCHOVIES & more

ANCHOVIES & more

Anchovies, olives, pepper and tomatoes.

4 CHEESE

4 CHEESE

Self explanatory.

SPANISH VS MEXICAN FOOD


A friend went to visit Barcelona and proud of her Spanish, she ordered the following:

Tortilla: thinking it would be a fajita type of thing, but they brought her an omelette, as this is what it means in Spain.

Taco: thinking it would be another fajita type of meal, only to be given a piece of cheese. "Taco de jamon, or taco de queso" mean simply a slice or piece.

She was disappointed her friends had better dishes than her who knew more Spanish! It still makes me giggle! Read the guide below and check the pictures for future reference..

QUESO MANCHEGO

QUESO MANCHEGO

A very balanced tasty cheese (not strong).

Buying it abroad doesn't really work!

PATATAS BRAVAS

PATATAS BRAVAS

Hard to find good ones!

Contains: fried diced potatoes with spicy sauce, usually made up of ketchup and mayonnaise.

My favourite ones are from "Pans & Company", (fast food Baguette's chain.)

GAZPACHO

GAZPACHO

It's a cold soup.

Contains: tomato, onion, peppers, olive oil, salt, vinegar.

Most restaurants have this on a set menu, for a starter, specially in summer.

ALMEJAS

ALMEJAS

Almejas are clams.

Contains either white wine or tomato sauce.

MAIN DISHES

PA AMB TOMAQUET

BEST DESSERTS IN BARCELONA

TARTA DE FRESAS

TARTA DE FRESAS

A favourite dessert.

Contains: Cream, custard, strawberries.

If you want dessert don't ask too many tapas ;)

CHURROS CON CHOCOLATE

CHURROS CON CHOCOLATE

This picture has "melindros" rather than churros, they are soft.

Next to it there is "horchata", see below.

CREMA CATALANA

CREMA CATALANA

Creme Brulee.

Contains: custard, burnt sugar on top.

TARTA AL WHISKY

TARTA AL WHISKY

For extra naughty ones.

Contains: nuts, cream, whisky, custard.

DRINKS

PLACES TO GO IN BARCELONA

Please check my personalised Barcelona map here for exact locations, etc

CIUTAT COMTAL TAPAS BAR

Most of this food is from my favourite tapas bar :) it can be a bit pricey but worth it, 80 euros for 3 people, but it depends on how much you ask.

They are so popular that they don't need a website, yet is always busy.

It is a chain of restaurants with the same concept but different names, "La flauta", "La mallorquina", etc.

Go through the crowd from the entrance to ask for a table, the rest are waiting already.

Go for an early lunch or dinner, like 12pm or 7pm to avoid queues. Enjoy!

RESTAURANTS WITH MENUS

They range from 9€ to 12€, it mostly includes everything.

Starter, main course, dessert, bread, drink and coffee.

I tend to avoid touristic zones, and look for a local one (e.g. Restaurant L'Eucaliptus behind "Las Ramblas", see my personalised Barcelona map here.

PANS & COMPANY

Fast food (not so unhealthy) chain with tasty baguettes and salads.

My favourite: Extremeño (thin pork loin with manchego cheese), and patatas bravas with it.