Catalana [Tapas bar in Barcelona]

WP_20141015_15_37_20_RawReasons why I could move to Barcelona: Tapas
Reasons why I couldn’t: Tapas (more specifically weight gain from tapas)

Le boyfriend warned me about this, but I wouldn’t listen, he said ‘you’ll get to Spain and you’ll find yourself sitting in a different tapas bar every 3 hours to have a wee tapa and a beer’ and I said no, that it wasn’t possible and by the time we got to the 3rd bar in a day for some tapas because we were feeling peckish…I was proven wrong.

It’s just that the are soooo good and a glass of beer is 1 euro, so instead of stopping for a full meal it’s easier to stop every couple of hours, nibble something and keep going. Plus, Le father in law, knew all the cool spots (he lives there)

I’ve told you before how incredibly hangover I was on our only day in Barcelona, but after a quick power nap I felt better and since someone recommended this tapas bar, we thought we’d give it a try. Catalana is one of the highest ranked tapas bars by locals and is placed at Carrer de Mallorca in the Eixample neighborhood. It has a super modern vibe and it was fully packed when we got there, we had to wait a couple of minutes, but at least we got one of the few tables outside.

WP_20141015_15_41_56_Raw

WP_20141015_15_44_43_Raw

I had to order a soda instead of a classic beer given my current state but for the dishes we only went for our waiter’s recommendations. We got Patatas Bravas, fried squid, chorizo sandwiches, pan seared sirloin and fried peanut covered cheese with a sweet berry chutney. As expected it tasted amazing and there was a huge variety of tapas to choose from. We sat there for a couple of minutes while we got our energy back to keep walking through the rambla all the way to the beach.

WP_20141015_15_39_19_Raw

WP_20141015_15_44_58_Raw

WP_20141015_16_03_16_Raw

WP_20141015_17_33_07_Raw

Written by julesinabox