The most common question I get from people when they ask me about my trip is, “How was the food?” Unfortunately, it was a bit of a let down. Not sure if we went to the wrong restaurants, ordered the wrong things or maybe I’m just not a fan of their cuisine. Or maybe I was just being a food snob.
Before I left for Barcelona I yelped, read blogs and asked people on where to eat. To my surprise, most of the restaurants we went to were filled with mostly English speaking people. It was a little disconcerting because rather I “eat where the people eat”. I wonder if I just fell for tourist trap restaurants. However, here’s my two cents on the food in Spain.
Prior to my trip, a bunch of friends were raving about Cerveria Catalana. Apparently it’s the “best” tapas restaurant. I was bummed out that we never got to try it because it was a bit far from where were staying. But, it must have been our lucky day because without even knowing we stumbled upon their sister restaurant, Ciutat Comtal. The seafood was fresh and the meal was satisfying. We learned that we love fried cuttlefish. Cuttlefish is so much more tender then squid. I don’t know why we don’t serve more cuttlefish in the states.
Potatoes in Brava sauce; basically a spicy aoli. The fried egg made this dish that much better.
We clearly have a brunch addiction. This was at Milk Bistro. Sadly the lox were overly salty.
One night we decided to have a second dinner. This was at Bar Lobo. People raved about the fried eggplant, but the wings were my favorite. I wish I wasn’t so full from my first dinner so I could have tried more things on the menu.
Cera 23 is apparently highly recommended, but was a huge letdown to me. I’m not even going to bother posting photos of that dinner. After having a few disappointing meals, we decided to try Arume, a recommendation from a couple we met during our cooking class. The decor and vibe reminded us of Cera 23 and eventually we realized that it was their sister restaurant -_- We decided to stay and hope for the best. Luckily, the food was better!
Duck paella…I was tired of eating so much seafood.
We tried deep fried octopus. The texture was so interesting and I don’t know how to explain it, but I’m glad we tried it.
Believe it or not, I didn’t eat that many desserts. I think this might be the only sweet thing I bought. It was a pistachio donut. I’ve had better.
I forgot the name of the restaurant, but they have a ton of cute restaurants near the beach. This was a delicious snack, but they definitely skimped on the meat.
Now for my #1 meal in Spain: Ombu, in Mallorca. We stumbled upon this restaurant looking for wifi and a way to kill time before our flight back to Barcelona. We ended up sitting here for hours and probably tried half the menu. My favs were the fried chicken wings and salmon tartar.
Our brilliant idea to drink this before heading to the airport.
Also in Mallorca, and also a winner. Pizza topped with shrimp, hot peppers and sauce. #MERICA.
Overall, the food didn’t blow my mind, but we did have some good meals here and there. A majority of people in our cooking class seemed to share the same sentiments food and recommended that we visit San Sabastian. Apparently that’s where the best food in Spain can be found.