Cordoba is full of history and bursting with the traditional Southern Spanish culture. The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba is the main highlight, and for good reason. The combination of Muslim and Christian architecture is gorgeous and tells an amazing history. Cordoba has an unexplainable charm and is a romantic city to explore. The small idling streets with whitewashed homes are beautiful to explore. When you visit Spain be sure to take at least a day trip to explore Cordoba.
Brasserie Flo: Carrer de les Jonqueres 10, Barcelona
If you have a special event coming up, possibly like Valentine’s Day you should reserve a table at Brasserie Flo! Be sure to purchase it with a discount as it can get quite expensive. Starters are each about 14€ and the main plates are around 20€. So make sure you visit this fancy place on a special anniversary.
The atmosphere is lovely and quite different than the other restaurants in Barcelona’s gothic neighborhood. It’s a warm and welcoming, spacious environment. The waiters are in suits and make you feel right at home and quite fancy!
The best appetizer was the “Timbal de setas de temporada y huevo pôché” meaning grilled assorted mushrooms with an egg on top with a crunchy eggplant chips drizzled in honey. It was quite filling and a wonderful blend of flavors.
The best main dish was the “Medallones de magret de pato con chutney de mango” and it was heaven on earth. Four big hunks of duck topped with a sauce made with mangos, berries, cranberries, and peach. It tasted just like Christmas! The fish was also quite tasty it had a creamy bechamel sauce with spinach. We were too full to try too many desserts, but the “Crêpes suzettes flambeadas” crepes were amazing and so sweet! In conclusion, check this place out if you’re feeling fancy!
Tantarantana: Carrer d’En Tantarantana 24, Barcelona
The Born neighborhood is one of the best things about the city of Barcelona. This old neighborhood has charming winding streets and cute cafes and restaurants abound! One of my favorites to take visitors to is Tantarantana. It is the epitome of Barcelona’s Born neighborhood: cozy, cute and typically Spanish. It has very much of a “hole in the wall” place feel. and is housed in a 16th Century building with exposed stone walls. Great authentic vibe.
It’s a place to drink red wine from the Rioja and Catalunya and share tapas with friends. There are also many options for Gin Tonics to top off the night. Visitor’s favorite tapa is consistently the fried eggplant chunks topped with lime and honey. It’s a very different combination of flavors and is probably their best tapa dish. The jamon and pan con tomate are essentials. The “huevos estrellados” meaning “broken eggs” which are fried potatoes mixed with jamon and fried eggs, are tasty as well! The toast with sobrassada and cheese is melt-in-your-mouth delicious!
This is a great tapas place to eat among locals and experience a real tapas feast when visiting Barcelona! It’s less than 15€ a person usually, excluding alcohol. It’s an affordable tapas extravaganza!
Taktika Berri: Carrer de València 169, Barcelona
In Barcelona’s Eixample you can find one of the nicest restaurants in Barcelona! It’s a beautiful homage to the food from the Northeastern part of Spain, the Basque country. The Basque country is very different than the rest of Spain, it’s a very wet, green and beautiful landscape. But, more importantly, it is the home of phenomenal culinary talent. They’ve invented a lovely little tapa called a “Pintxo,” and you’ll want to eat them by the thousands! A pintxo consists of a small piece of bread topped with a tasty morsel of meat, fish, cheese or all of the above, held together with a toothpick!
Taktika Berri is a family run restaurant and upon entry the first thing you’ll notice is a gorgeous pintxos bar. You’ll be welcomed to grab a plate and fill it up with all the pintxos you want!
Once seated at the table you’ll quickly notice there are no menus. The waitress will tell you your options which are a wonderful starters including tortilla Espanola with fish and a tuna and tomato salad. The tortilla is huge and wet as a good omelet should be; you cut it up to share with the table just like a quiche. The tuna and tomato salad is delicious and beautiful generously topped with vinegar and olive oil.
For the main dishes there are two choices of fish and a huge hunk of meat, called the “entrecote” which is the best seller. I’m sure these photos will convince you of how incredibly tasty these plates really are! The bill will be about 20-25€ per person. Be sure to order some “txakoli” which is a Basque traditional alcoholic beverage. It’s bubbly and sour, and is best served highly aerated, so the waitress pours it from above her head! It’s a fun experience and a tasty treat!
Plan a visit to Taktika Berri, it’s so nice to have a little slice of the foodie heaven that is the Basque country right here in Barcelona!
La Balsa: Carrer de la Infanta Isabel 4, Barcelona
In the gorgeous upper part of Barcelona sits La Balsa, among the prestigious Barcelona schools and old castles. The restaurant is beautiful and the patio dining is covered quite artistically by re-purposed sails from sail boats. This interesting covering lets in tons of light yet keeps you warm. “Balsa” means in little boat or raft in Spanish.
Their diligent effort put into making the restaurant beautiful is also reflected in each plate brought to the table. Each dish was presented more beautifully than the last. When your desserts arrive you will be blown away.
Be sure to order the fish croquetas and the peppers stuffed with meat, the sauce was phenomenal. My main dish was certainly the best plate. I consisted of pieces of steak that melted in your mouth with grilled huge and tasty mushrooms. If that wasn’t beautiful enough, once the plate was served to the table the waiter poured over a hot creamy foie sauce. It was one of the most delicious dishes I have ever had.
The other steak dish was lovely as well. The quality of the meat was outstanding. The tuna tataki was also tender and delicious. It came with 4 tasty maki rolls as well, and they were presented so artistically.
Now many restaurants in Barcelona serve beautiful and tasty meals, but La Balsa is different. They do not skimp on portions. You will leave full and satisfied. We’ve left many fancy restaurants in Barcelona after paying a fortune and my Spaniard complaining he is still hungry.
We luckily had a 30% discount we purchased when reserving our table via atrapalo.com. This restaurant would have otherwise been quite pricey. Including wine you will probably end up paying about 50€ per person. Definitely plan a visit for a special occasion.
Pepa Tomate: Plaça Revolució De Setembre De 1868, 17, Barcelona
Gràcia is one of the most authentic neighborhoods in Barcelona, yet often overlooked by tourists. I highly recommend all visitors to Barcelona explore this maze of a district as each street has something special. Pepa Tomate is a cute tapas place boasts all things “tomato”. Jars of tomatoes and tomato products from all over the world fill the restaurant. Notice the dining table made of a table football game.
There is even tomato themed artwork on the wall and a giant piece of smashed tomato art on the ceiling. The decoration is cute and the paper placemat menus give the place a relaxed vibe. The “patatas bravas” are made quite differently than the rest of the Barcelona. They are a sweet and onion based tomato sauce, not spicy at all. Definitely order these, the twist on this Barcelona staple is perfectly executed.
The other must-order is the “Bloody Pepa” drink which is just like a Bloody Mary but more delicious. You can order it with or without alcohol, it’s tasty either way. I also recommend the cheese plate. It’s a rather generous serving especially for Barcelona. I have a deep passion for cheese and the cheese product to money ratio is very important to me. Pepa Tomate’s cheese plate is a bargain and a must-visit. You can leave full for about 20€ per person!