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Barcelona with Qatar Airways – Wine and Dine

Barcelona with Qatar Airways – Wine and Dine
Iberico ham, served at El Principal restaurant

Iberico ham, served at El Principal restaurant

I can get used to the catalonia diet.

During my trip to Barcelona with Qatar Airways earlier this yearI wined and dined at several restaurants in Barcelona. Each meal comes with a variety of tapas for sharing, main courses, desserts and paired wines. Iberico ham, a staple in Spanish cuisines, seems to be present in every meal and may come as a dish on its own or as an accompanying ingredient. By the end of the trip, I grew very fond of Iberico ham – I can have it for breakfast, lunch and dinner, three  meals a day!

The first restaurant we visited on our first night in Barcelona was at El Principal, located in the Eixample, in the heart of the city and near our hotel. These were the dishes we enjoyed:

El Principal

El Principal

A whole leg of iberico ham

A whole leg of iberico ham

Slicing on the spot

Slicing on the spot

Freshly sliced iberico ham

Freshly sliced iberico ham

Tomato bread - a staple

Tomato bread – a staple

Mini cheese sticks

Mini cheese sticks

Potato wedges

Potato wedges

A dip

A dip

Fried calamari

Fried calamari

Fried lady's fingers

Fried lady’s fingers

Mind you, these are just the tapas!

Mind you, these are just the tapas!

My steak main arrived

My steak main arrived

The potato slices and sauce which came with the steak

The potato slices and sauce which came with the steak

Drizzling the sauce onto the steak

Drizzling the sauce onto the steak

Another main dish

Another main dish

Someone else ordered this which looks like SIngapore char kway teow

Someone else ordered this which looks like SIngapore char kway teow

Golden easter egg chocolates at the end of the meal

Golden easter egg chocolates at the end of the meal

Art piece in the restaurant

Art piece in the restaurant

On our second night, we visited La Gavina restaurant which is located by the port of Barcelona, Port Vell, at Plaza Pau Vila. The restaurant has an excellent seaside view, beside a bustling pedestrian street. Food was decent. These were the dishes we tried:

Anchovies with spring onion and tomatoes

Anchovies with spring onion and tomatoes

Acorn-fed pork cured ham

Acorn-fed pork cured ham

Coca bread with tomato

Coca bread with tomato

Carpaccio of tuna with vegetables, ginger and lime vinaigrette

Carpaccio of tuna with vegetables, ginger and lime vinaigrette

Shrimp in tempura batter

Shrimp in tempura batter

Seafood croquettes

Seafood croquettes

Grilled razor clams

Grilled razor clams

Fisherman style mussels

Fisherman style mussels

Noodle paella with baby cuttlefish

Noodle paella with baby cuttlefish

Catalan creme brulee

Catalan creme brulee

Champagnes

Champagnes

View of the port

View of the port

Pedestrian street at Port Vell

Pedestrian street at Port Vell

Barcelona Head at Port Vell, designed by American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein for the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games.

Barcelona Head at Port Vell, designed by American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein for the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games.

On our last night in Barcelona, we wanted to try something less fancy and more casual. Our tour guide brought us to a smaller and homely restaurant located near our hotel where we had our last round of sangria:

We chose this restaurant for our last dinner in Barcelona

We chose this restaurant for our last dinner in Barcelona

Group picture with our guide in the middle before we started pigging ourselves out

Group picture with our guide in the middle before we started pigging ourselves out

The restaurant has two floors. We got a cosy spot just below the staircase.

The restaurant has two floors. We got a cosy spot just below the staircase.

Homemade sangria, which made everyone very happy for the last night

Homemade sangria, which made everyone very happy for the last night

Catalonia brand sparkling water

Catalonia brand sparkling water

Natalie pouring beer for everyone

Natalie pouring beer for everyone

Smoked salmon with cheese

Smoked salmon with cheese

Homemade meatballs. These taste much better than they look.

Homemade meatballs. These taste much better than they look.

Spinach topped with iberico ham

Spinach topped with iberico ham

Asparagus

Asparagus

Some fried veggies

Some fried veggies

Escargots

Escargots

Seafood paella

Seafood paella

Strawberry sherbet with chocolate ice cream

Strawberry sherbet with chocolate ice cream

Fruit jelly with vanilla ice cream

Fruit jelly with vanilla ice cream

Overall, I pretty much enjoying Spanish wine and dine. I like the sharing portions which is similar to how we chinese like to enjoy our food to. Good food is meant to be shared. I find that we usually ended up taking very long dinner of up to at least two to three hours each night. Our guide said this is normal in Spain, to slowly savour the food and enjoy the company. I am not complaining. 🙂

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My favourite F&B discovery was actually a little cafe frequented by locals call Granja M. Viader. Their speciality is in hot chocolate and churros. Absolutely lovely and to-die for! The cafe has a very rich and interesting history which you can read more via their official website. 

Granja M. Viader Cardedeu

Granja M. Viader Cardedeu

Inside the cafe

Inside the cafe

Awards and accolades for the cafe

Awards and accolades for the cafe

They sell chocolates too.

They sell chocolates too.

Little figurines standing on the chocolate slabs

Little figurines standing on the chocolate slabs

Ordering counter

Ordering counter

Fresh, warm churros

Fresh, warm churros

The hot chocolate comes with a generous dollop of cream like this

The hot chocolate comes with a generous dollop of cream like this

Stirring the large dollop of cream into the melted chocolate

Stirring the large dollop of cream into the melted chocolate

This will be the last post on my trip to Barcelona with Qatar Airways. If you missed the earlier posts, do check them out. 

To travel to Barcelona from Singapore, do consider flying with Qatar Airways with a stopover at Doha, Qatar at very competitive prices. 

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