This is going to be my last Barcelona post… for the time being, as Sexy Hubby and I have already decided to go back next year!
It is gastronomy related too like my “La Boqueria” post, as I thought I would tell you about our favourite eating and drinking experiences during our stay. Getting hungry again just thinking about it… So here we go:
CACHITOS – TAPAS Y COPAS
Located a few minutes walk from Plaça de Catalunya, it has a lovely terrace and friendly service.
Cachitos offers traditional tapas, but also an upmarket selection such as “Courgette spaghetti with cuttlefish and prawns”, “Tuna and avocado tartar” or “Monkfish with grilled vegetables”. Before you start wondering, meat options are of course available but this is what we chose that night.
We accidentally got charged for two drinks that were not ours, having changed tables after our aperitif, but this was quickly resolved with apologies and a complimentary glass of Patxaran. We enjoyed it so much that we went back a second night!
Cachitos – Rambla Catalunya 33
If you enjoy eating fish and seafood, this is the address!
Also located in the vicinity of Plaça de Catalunya, Barkeno’s fish platter is impressive… I believe the photo speaks for itself? We thoroughly enjoyed the selection of filets and shellfish, as well as the white wine, which was recommended to us by our waitress.
The staff was also very welcoming and their attitude added extra warmth to our already lovely evening.
The terrace is quite small, though, so at the weekend especially it is better to reserve a table if you wish to eat al fresco. This is what we did, booking for the next evening as there was no table outside when we stopped by.
Barkeno – C/Casp, 17
A lovely, intimate place in a quieter street, with great atmosphere.
We also went there twice during the day as we loved the food and the terrace at the back so much. Sexy Hubby told me the Serrano ham was to die for – and I had to believe him, as I do not eat meat – and the tortilla and the patatas bravas were amongst the best we tasted during our holiday.
Here again the service was efficient and affable.
There is also live music from 20:00 to 22:00 from Friday to Sunday, so I am guessing it is more animated in the evening. Sadly we missed it, but will not next time we go!
Acoma – Carrer de la Boqueria 21
This one has already been featured in my “Three Words” and “The Quirky Details” posts through photos.
Situated directly on the beach, OPIUM MAR is a bar/lounge, a restaurant and a club.
We had lunch there on the Sunday and as you can imagine the place was bustling. The food was very tasty, but of course a bit more expensive (location, location, location!).
We then moved onto one of the huge couches in the bar/lounge area… and we very nearly decided to just stay there permanently. You find yourself in this comfortable, relaxed position, sipping your cocktail or sangria, gazing at the beach. Heaven… which is why we went back the following day!
The two days were quite different as there is a DJ in the afternoon on Sunday until dinnertime. She was brilliant, treating us to a great choice of music. A male member of the staff, who obviously had loads of fun entertaining us with his dancing, joined her in her efforts.
We did not try the club but again, plan on doing so in 2012 by attending the season opening party…
OPIUM MAR – Paseo Marítimo 34
Now tell me, which one do you think would be your favourite?