Thursday, 20 November 2008

Barcelona's tapas bars

Inopia is run by Alberto Adrià, the younger brother and partner of Ferran Adrià, at this point perhaps the best-known chef in the world. There is nothing at Inopia that is not at least intriguing. You can order ham croquettes in any tapas bar, but here they are made with jamón ibérico, and they are certainly superior. The menu is huge, and with precious ingredients, prepared and served simply. The frying is done in olive oil, as it is throughout the best places in Spain. Don't pass up the opportunity to taste their delicious anchovy fillets, the torta Canarejal, and a sliced confit tuna belly. At Inopia it somehow seems to be vastly superior than the touristic bars along Las Ramblas... and consequently more expensive. So, don't forget your credit card!

Bar Tomas (in outlying Sarrià) gets trainloads of patata brava fans evey weekend. What's the secret? Its salsa brava. It varies a lot from chef to chef. Bar Tomas is one of the most popular places in Barcelona due to his bravas. Don't pass it up!

But my favourite is a bar/restaurant in Gracia called Samsara. This trendy restaurant has built up quite a following among Gràcia foodies. I recommend you their sweety potatoes with pesto, king prawns with popcorns and parma cheese, pincho of prawns and bloody sausage, watermelon gazpacho with basil oil... and a brownie of white chocolate with pistachios... Nice alternative tapas at good prices.  
This is a cool place to hang out as well, since afterwards, the place became a bar to drink and mingle while a DJ plays lounge. 


boliveros said...

I had the opportunity to eat at Samsara.. Highl recommended.

The food is great and the prices are affordable.

Adrià said...

Hi! Thanks for your post!
You're right Boliveros, Samsara is a good option
Which is your favourite "tapa" there?