above photo © Bar Cañete
(34) 93 – 270 3458
Carrer de la Unió, 17
08001 Barcelona, Spain
13:00 – 24:00 Monday – Saturday
Bar Cañete is a wonderful Catalunian tapas bar. It came highly recommended by a local bohemian foodie. It is quite the institution, with their large kitchen staff, wonderful displays and very charming sommeliers. The Bar is not to be confused with the Cañete Restaurant next door; where you need to make a reservation (which we did not do).
Bar Cañete was so good, we went twice during our short visit. What stood out so far that it was ordered twice (each visit), was the cocas con tomato (toasted bread with tomato) that was the second best we had in Barcelona (after L’eggs)!
Other top dishes were the salmorejo Cordobez, a spectacular thicker version of the classic gazpacho, the bogavente (lobster) croquette, and the grilled artichokes with romesco.
We’ll let the photos do the talking .. but please be sure that Bar Cañete is worth seeking out!
grilled artichokes with romesco
Zamburiñas a small delicious scallop
fricando de rap bolets (monkfish stew with mushrooms)
grilled calamari sandwich with aioli
garlic and trumpet mushroom soup with a poached egg, a bit heavy for our palate
above photo © Bar Cañete
(34) 93 – 217 4338
Calle Pau Claris, 192,
08037 Barcelona, Spain
12:30 – 24:00 Monday – Friday
11:30 – 24:00 Saturday – Sunday
We found and fell in love with Barmut over our kitchen table in New York City. Chef Albert Mendiola’s anti-promo video on the website is more like a Jim Jarmousch’s Vampire film “Only Lovers left Alive“, then an enticing view of his moody and delectable establishment.
In life, thankfully, the service is very warm and accommodating; as we were not familiar with most of the extensive local wine list, we received a very fun crash curse and tasting from the sommelier – without any attitude or up-sell.
The food was heavenly. In a city known for seaside taps, Barmut had he softest, most delicious octopus we found in Barcelona. Seriously. It was grilled to perfection with just enough fire flavor to enhance, not overwhelm. The paprika potatoes on the side are the perfect companion. My mouth is watering a little just remembering the dish!
If you are in Barcelona, we highly recommend Barmut!
Some other quick notes on the menu:
Scallops with aioli -> perfect 🙂
The Pan con tomato was the 3rd best for us in Barcelona (we became a bit aficionado in our pursuit of the perfect Pan con Tomate !)
The gambas a la brasa, were pretty good, if you are a fan of the dish.
we found a bit heavy.
A reservation is recommended, we found the best place to sit is one of the tall table. There is also outdoor siting for those lovely Barcelona nights 🙂
Scallops with aioli – a must order!!