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South American cuisine in Barcelona

Here are the hottest spots for South American cuisine in Barcelona right now

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Michelin-style tacos

If you want to sample Paco Mendez’s Michelin-star-winning cuisine without spending a fortune, book a table at Niño Viejo. Although this colorful, laid-back taqueria (or taco shop), which occupies a section of Michelin-starred Hoja Santa, is billed as “informal”, there is nothing casual about the food. Top dishes include the chicken enchiladas in salsa verde, the “divorced” half-red, half-green ceviche, and the taco “al pastor”, filled with mouthwatering spit-grilled pork shawarma.

Niño Viejo

Av. de Mistral, 54, Barcelona

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Venezuelan sensation

Venezuela is best known for its arepas – corn cakes filled with a variety of ingredients, including meat, fish, vegetables and lots of spicy salsas. However, a visit to beautifully designed Caña de Azucar will prove that the Venezuelan kitchen has plenty more strings to its bow, including pabellón criollo, a stew of shredded beef and black beans, and cachapitas, corn cakes filled with cheese. For a bit of everything, order the seven-course Peruvian tasting menu – a steal at only €36.50 per person.

Caña de Azucar

C/ Muntaner, 69, Barcelona

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Samba flavors

Co-owned by former FC Barcelona star Dani Alves, you would be forgiven for thinking that FOgO is just another celebrity eatery that does not take its food seriously. But you’d be wrong. Helmed by talented young chef João Alcântara, FOgO offers on-point design, flawless service, and an open kitchen that invites you to watch the chef and his team at work. Order the 10-course tasting menu and prepare to be wowed by creations such as the shrimp moqueca, or seafood stew, and the feijoada black beans with pork, served with a spectacular orange caipirinha.

FOgO

C/ Còrsega, 231, Barcelona

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Fine dining Mexican-style

Mexican food has never been known for its haute cuisine credentials but that is all changing, thanks to restaurants like Hoja Santa and Oaxaca. Oaxaca prides itself on its authenticity, with ingredients like fried grasshoppers and ants ever-present on the menu. However, even if bugs are not your bag, don’t miss an opportunity to visit this exceptional Mexican eatery and try standout dishes like the traditional guacamole, prepared for you at your table, and the to-die-for soft-shell crab taco.

Oaxaca

Pla de Palau, 19, Barcelona

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Caribbean rhythm

“Serious Caribbean cuisine” says the website, reminding us that the Caribbean islands are more than just palm trees and all-inclusive resorts – these people are serious about their food too. With gastronomic inspiration taken from the likes of Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and Curacao, El Tarantín invites you to try dishes like fried plantains with black bean dip, duck magret cooked in a banana leaf shrimp with green mango and homemade ketchup. Everything, from the food, to the space and the service, is bright, cheerful and bursting with Caribbean flavor.

El Tarantín

C/ Aribau, 186, Barcelona

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Street food fusion

Hawker 45 pays homage to the street food vendors – or “hawkers” – of Asia and Latin America. An odd fusion, it might seem, but it turns out they go remarkably well together. With roots in the Philippines and Brazil, chef Laila Bazahm has taken her cultural heritage into the kitchen and transformed it into one of Barcelona’s most exciting culinary proposals. Best sellers include the Peruvian cauliflower anticucho, and the Mexican barbequed pork, along with Asian classics such as Singaporean spicy fish sambal, and tandoori carrots.

Hawker 45

C/ Casp, 45, Barcelona

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New from the Peruvian master

It is impossible to talk about Nikkei cuisine without mentioning Gastón Acurio in the same breath. The Peruvian chef owns numerous restaurants and is the author of several books, while his Astrid y Gastón in Lima is listed as one of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Yakumanka is Acurio’s latest proposition. Specializing in all things fishy, the menu varies depending on the daily availability of fresh seafood. Don’t leave without trying the oysters in leche de tigre, or the ceviche of the day.

Yakumanka

C/ Valencia, 207, Barcelona

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Last edited: July 9, 2018

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