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Suculent has become a firm fixture on Barcelona’s culinary map.
Suculent has become a firm fixture on Barcelona’s culinary map.

Food & Drink

Barcelona’s gourmet taperías

Traditionally, a tapa is a small dish made for sharing – served cold (such as olives, cold cuts and cheese) or hot and typically deep-fried (such as squid, fish or croquettes). However, the days when a respectable tapa consisted of a plate of battered seafood with a slice of lemon on the side are long gone.

Pedro Asensio, Head Chef at Bodega 1900.In Barcelona, the concept of tapas is evolving into sophisticated gourmet movement, with many of the city’s top chefs applying their creative talents to the elaboration of these bite-sized dishes. One such example is Pedro Asensio, Head Chef at Bodega 1900, a “vermutería” (vermouth house) run by Albert Adriá, brother of Ferran, of El Bulli fame. Bodega 1900 is one of five Barcelona restaurants owned by the brothers.

According to Asensio, Barcelona’s new tapas movement is being driven by a desire to go back to basics.

“This is an old-fashioned bar, a tribute to the days when people who couldn’t afford restaurants went out for a vermouth and a bite to eat. But when you combine that tradition with the Adrià name, people know it means food – and good food.”


The following is a list of the city’s best tapas restaurants and bars that are guaranteed to give any customer a memorable experience.

 

Bodega 1900

Bodega 1900 is a modern vermouth bar, run by Albert Adrià. In an unassuming locale, reminiscent of the taperías of old, it creates the perfect balance between top-quality ingredients and a touch of nouvelle cuisine (such as Adrià‘s famous “spherical olives” from El Bulli). Don’t leave without trying the mouthwatering razor clam escabeche, the seared Iberian bellota ham (served medium rare for maximum flavor and texture) and the melt-in-your-mouth cured “ham” of entrecôte.

Bodega 1900

Carrer de Tamarit, 91, Barcelona

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Parmesan fondue at Llamber.

Parmesan fondue at Llamber.

With its varied menu, extensive wine list, delicious cocktails and elegant setting in one of Barcelona’s most delightful neighborhoods, you can’t go wrong with Llamber. Created by Eva Arbonés and Francisco Heras, who, between them, have worked for big-name chefs such as Ferran Adrià, Xavi Franco, Sergi Arola and Ramón Freixa, Llamber has made its own name for serving some of Barcelona’s most unforgettable dishes. “Don’t miss the parmesan fondue with shrimp and asparagus or the squid with morcilla (black pudding),” says Maître d’ Donald Myerston.

Llamber

Carrer de la Fusina, 5, Barcelona

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Shrimp ceviche at Suculent.

Suculent

Since opening two and a half years ago, Suculent has become a firm fixture on Barcelona’s culinary map. Looking at the team behind it – which includes Ferran Adriá’s former protégé Carles Abellán, who also runs the Michelin-starred Comerç 24, and former El Bulli chef Antonio Romero – this comes as no surprise. Set in the less-than-glamorous district of Raval, Suculent is an old-fashioned tavern with a modern twist. Specialties include various forms of “mar y montaña” (Spain’s take on surf ‘n’ turf) and the house steak tartare, served warm with grilled bone marrow, and ceviche.

Suculent

Rambla del Raval, 43, Barcelona

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Lolita Taperia

Just round the corner from Bodega 1900, in the up-and-coming Sant Antoni neighborhood, is Lolita Taperia. Owned by Joan Martínez (another former colleague of the Adriàs), Lolita serves traditional dishes of anchovies, mussels, patatas bravas and the customers’ long-standing favorite, croquetas de jamón (ham croquettes), with superbly fresh ingredients and masterful execution.

Lolita Taperia

Carrer de Tamarit, 104, Barcelona

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El Nacional

The hottest new addition to Barcelona’s gastro scene, El Nacional is a visually stunning feat of architecture, which has seen an old 2,600-square-meter warehouse transformed into a spectacular “gastronomy venue”, which can accommodate up to 770 diners in its various bars and restaurants. While the culinary offering is quite traditional, the setting alone makes it well worth a visit.

El Nacional

Passeig de Gràcia, 24, Barcelona

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Bar Cañete

Bar Cañete

On the surface, Cañete may look like the taperías of old but there’s nothing outdated about its food. Serving only the freshest ingredients – all the fish and seafood is sourced directly from the Catalan fish markets, while the vegetables are all in season and grown locally – a visit to Bar Cañete promises to be a first-rate experience. Carrer de la Unió, 17 www.barcanete.com

Bar Cañete

Carrer de la Unió, 17, 08001 Barcelona,

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