I can get used to the catalonia diet.
During my trip to Barcelona with Qatar Airways earlier this year, I 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:
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:
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:
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. 🙂
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.
This will be the last post on my trip to Barcelona with Qatar Airways. If you missed the earlier posts, do check them out.