Let’s eat in Barcelona !
Let me share with you 5 delicious restaurants that we can’t miss if you are in Barcelona.
When you live in Barcelona you are boosted by the energy and the good vibes of the city on a daily basis, which you take wherever you go in the world. When you answer “Barcelona “ with your mouth full of pride, to the typical “Where are from?” your interlocutor will usually smile, slightly jealous, because they know (they all know) that you live in a flavourful, wonderful city !
Would you like to explore the nooks and crannies and discover the true essence of the culture and the thousands of nuances that make this cosmopolitan city overflow with flavours and good taste ?
I would like to share with you some of the places I have discovered throughout the years and where I usually go because they take me on a journey of flavours from different cultures without having to leave the Ciudad Condal.
A little piece of Peru has landed in the Barcelona Eixample quarter to stay and it has, at the hand of Peruvian chef Gastón Acurio. Fresh fish with the best ingredients and traditional Peruvian seafood recipes coexist in ceviches, tiraditos, causa (Peruvian layered potato dish), arroz chaufa (Peruvian fried rice dish) and other exquisite dishes that make Peruvian cuisine one of the most outstanding of South America. Every time I go to Yakumanka I order a pisco sour (alcoholic cocktail of Peruvian origin). It’s heavenly! Believe me when I tell you that it is absolutely essential you try it, you may like it as much as I do. Now, just have two as the third one might make you too happy!
Carrer Valencia 207, 08007 Barcelona
Tel. 935 661 548
Nuria’s experience at Espai Kru
I have a friend with whom I maintain an almost virtual relationship, as in fact most of the relationships have become today, simply because our lives are too full of activities, work and commitments.
But from time to time we move to another dimension: reality. Our meeting up is always also a gastronomic experience.
As gastronomy is my passion and finally an area I manage professionally I always choose the restaurant (thank you Antonio for trusting me) and, on this occasion, it was the Espai Kru.
First and foremost the fact that this restaurant is linked (not only physically) to the seafood restaurant Rias de Galicia, puts you in a very interesting conceptual and emotional context. On the one hand I rejoiced in the almost childlike enthusiasm that I always experience when I hear “seafood”, on the other hand the seafood restaurants work with a product to which a proposal of contemporary elaboration adds an indisputable interest.
Since my first impression was visual, and focused on the large wooden table located in front of the kitchen, I felt that it was the heart of the space. How wonderful it must be to meet here if you are part of a large group. A very appealing possibility indeed.
It seems as if the design of the space started from there.
Arume means aroma in Galician, the language of Galicia, one of the most appreciated regions of Spain in terms of gastronomy.
This small restaurant is located in the ancient part of the city. In El Raval, calle Botella number 13 – a place with history, where Manuel Vázquez Montalbán (a great writer from Barcelona) was born.
From the moment you walk in, you perceive the singularity of the place. A bar crowded with people waiting for their tables next to where the dishes come from the kitchen. While waiting you can have a look at the delights coming and going, but if you are hungry, this can definitely be pure torture.
The overall tone of the place is warm, informal and intimate.
The Galician product is the foundation of the menu, although Catalan cuisine is also present. The tradition is in the recipe, but the dishes blend with modernity very successfully.
The chef is Manuel Nuñez, Galician born in Sada, trained in Galicia and with extensive experience in different restaurants (Casa Solla, Hotel Neri …).
Among other dishes, we tried the Crispy Galician octopus with paprika, potato foam and codium (seaweed), which you really have to try!