4 Restaurants to Dine with a Local Chef in Barcelona

You’ve rented your beautiful private villa in Barcelona. You’ve visited cathedrals, museums, and so much more! But now, your stomach is rumbling and you need sustenance. But why settle for a normal dining out experience when you can choose something far more unique? Here are four restaurants where you can actually dine with the chef!

Abanik Bar

This indoor/outdoor bar is a gastronomic experience like no other. Abanik Bar ensures that each dish looks like a work of art. The walls in the bar are brick and under the bar top is brilliant lighting, which gives an interesting twist between modern and classic décor and atmosphere. Even their menu is unique, coming in the shape of a hand-held fan. You’ll not only want to try one of each unique, delicious dish, but you’ll definitely want one or two of their amazing cocktails as well!

Uma

Simple, clean, and modern can describe the restaurant interior of Uma. But it certainly cannot describe the food. Here you’ll enjoy seven “acts”, each a dish that offers unique flavors and culinary techniques, and looks like art. You almost won’t want to eat it, because it’s so beautiful. Not only are the dishes something you would never find in a “normal” restaurant, but each one is served in an exceptional vessel – from the normal white plates to wooden crates, to stones. This is an experience you don’t want to miss!

Chaka Khan

With a unique fusion between African and Asian cuisine, Chaka Khan is an interesting dining experience! The interior is an eclectic mixture of African culture with retro tropical décor. They offer two menus which have international dishes in a vast range and variety. If you have a large group, make sure everyone orders something different so you can all try the amazing flavors. Don’t forget to try their delicious desserts and cocktails, alcoholic or virgin.

Spoonik

This restaurant was originally an underground club until Spoonik decided to open its doors to the public. Now you too can experience the friendly hospitality, unique creativity, and avant-garde techniques of this amazing restaurant. You have a gastronomic experience like no other found in Barcelona. They offer a tasting menu that changes based on the season so that their products are always fresh and delicious. You can expect a blend of cuisines from Mexico, Columbia, and the Mediterranean with these amazing dishes.

When your gastronomic adventure has ended, head back to your Barcelona holiday rental to rest and relax with a cool evening breeze.


Top 5 tapas restaurants in Barcelona

The good way to discover 5 of the best tapas restaurants in Barcelona is by word of mouth. It’s all too easy when taking time out from your family villa in Barcelona to just go with the crowds in the main tourist areas, here are a few alternatives, so that you can experience truly authentic Catalan tapas dishes.

 

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La Cova Fumada

It may be off the tourist beaten path but don’t overlook La Cova Fumada. It’s a family run tapas bar which is incredibly popular with city residents. Serving some of the best varieties of seafood tapas there is plenty to whet your appetite. The bar doesn’t have any signs outside, just a large set of wooden doors, but don’t be put off, it’s buzzing with locals inside. The large chalk board menu details the specials and tapas dishes, football posters adorn the walls, it’s laid back and relaxed. If you want to take a break from cooking in your Catalonia villa rental and wish to indulge in some authentic tapas this is the place to visit.

Quimet i Quimet

It’s a small bar but the tapas are worth squeezing in for. House specialities include the montaditos (small sculpted tapas served on bread) or you can try a fusion of Asian/Mediterranean tapas with toppings such as salmon sashimi with honey, soy and cream cheese. Alternatively, if you enjoy fish dishes, the cod, black olive pate and passata will go down a treat. Arrive early if you want to find somewhere to sit or stand inside.

Gata Mala

Gata Mala offers you a dish of tapas for free when you order a drink, it’s a great way to sample the delicacies and decide if you wish to indulge in a larger ración. Portions are generous, they are reasonably priced, friends can share ibérico ham and manchego cheese and a bottle of wine which keeps the costs to a minimum.

 

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La Esquinica

You may have to queue for a while to get into La Esquinica especially on the weekends when it’s busy with locals. Tapas are generous in size, try the ensalada rusa, or the patatas bravas, and the anchovies – the menu is extensive with pinchos kebabs and a variety of meat and fish dishes.

Las Delicias del Carmelo

Located close to Park Güell, Las Delicias serves incredible plates of tapas and would be a perfect stop off point if you have been visiting the famous Gaudí park. The calamares (deep fried squid) and croquettas de pollo (chicken croquettes) are firm favourites here, if you feel more adventurous try something you wouldn’t make yourself in your vacation villa in Barcelona such as baby octopus served with salsa verde or snails cooked in tomato sauce.

If you are renting a villa in Barcelona you don’t have to stay in and cook every night, there are many reasonably priced tapas bars and restaurants across the city just waiting for you to discover them.

 

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