Spain is famed for being a foodie’s paradise and Barcelona is amongst these. Being located in Catalonia, there are a number of dishes which are specific to this area, but there are also a number of classics too. Here’s my food journey in Barcelona. What we ate and what we would have eaten, should we have stayed longer.
This is one of first things that pop to mind when you think of Spanish or Barcelona food. We ate tapas on more than one occasion. It suited our itinerary to have small dishes and we got to sample more dishes. In a restaurant at the Waterfront, we ordered a whole heap of fish dishes. When by the water, what else would you order?
Fried small fishes, which we believed to be whitebait
Patatas Bravas, with a garlic sauce
Mixed fish stuffed balls
One also to order is the Catalan classic, Pan a la Catalana (or Pan Con Tomate depending on where you are ordering it). Which is bread rubbed with fresh tomatoes and garlic and drizzled with olive oil. Often it can be found topped with cheese, ham or sausage.
This is also known as Catalan stew. It’s made up of meat, beans, potatoes, cabbage and pasta. Served in two courses. The first is the soup from the stew and the second, the meat, vegetables and the carbohydrates. This isn’t something we tried, but definitely one I would try when I return.Jamon Iberico de Bellota
This is prized ham is made from pigs only fed on acorns (bellota). The meat is cured and aged for three years, so it held in great esteem. There are four different grades of Iberico ham, the de Bellota being the finest.
We of course had to try paella. We went to a very nice looking restaurant off Las Ramblas called Taverna Bisbe and ordered three mixed paellas and one veggie one. I can honestly say this was the most amazing paella I have ever eaten. I have made a half-decent paella once or twice (if I say so myself) and I’ve been cooked it a few times whilst on holiday in Spain, but this surpassed all of them. When the paella arrived, I didn’t think much of the way it looked. It looked a bit watery as there was a lot of moisture still in the pan. But as this absorbed, it fluffed up the rice and made it even tastier.
If you adore Crème Brulée, you’ll like this. It’s the Spanish version of the dish. Like Crème Brulée, it is made with sugar, egg yolks, lemon and cinnamon.
I hope this summary of Barcelona food has made you hungry! I’ve put together a little video of some of our highlights of Barcelona (including the yummy food). I invite you to watch.
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