A Little Something More
Date night & the like
When a bit bored of the classical tapas offerings, head to La Pepita. A small but buzzy place with a great atmoshphere and fantastic service who's tapas menu has some interesting twists on the classics. It's rare and impressive to see a local place interpret the traditional cuisine in a different way, and for that I love it here. Eat: gambas 'al ajilo' that get pimped up with a rich bisque and fresh snappy green beans and spring onions. The mairnated salmon with apple fennel and miso is great too. To confuse your tastebuds a little, try the white and green asparagus with ginger and cocao. The namesake Pepita sandwiches are good value and offer something for everyone.
Carrer de Còrsega, 343, 08037 Barcelona
By Florence Nolan
La Alcoba Azul
Gotic is lovley and beautiful with its winding streets, Roman ruins and Civil War scarred Plaça's, but it can sometimes be a challenge to find good places to eat amongst the tourist traps. This cave like place only cooks 'al horno' or in the oven as it doesn't have gas facilities. Great service and lovely wine. Eat: the bravas, they are majestic. Basically two baked potatoes with ailioli and spicy tomato atop each one. The ceviche, calamari and chicken satay all had good reactions too.
Not in the mood for tapas? Also in this hidden placa is Bistrot Levante next door for brunch and lunch, or for a more contemporary aesthetic, Brugarol has delicious asiatic spins on the classics.
Carrer de Salomó Ben Adret, 14, 08002 Barcelona
El Mercader de l'Exiample
I might be a little biased as this is my local, but Mercader is one of my favorite places to eat in Barcelona. Situated in a quiet orange tree lined street, the terrace is one of the most beautiful places to eat in the city. The ethos of Mercader is a commitment to 'The Slow Food Movement' and KMO, sourcing its vegtables from it's own organic garden outside of the city and using tradional recipes from the 1800's. The menu changes seasonally, but always on in some form or another is a mussel marinera (amazing value at 4.80), grilled vegatables with romesco and sustainably sourced fish. Honorable mention goes to the croquettas and the entrecote cubes which I've been told are fantastic. Also, great wine selection.
Carrer d'Aragó, 313-317, 08009 Barcelona