The night before New Years Eve in Barcelona, we found ourselves in the unfortunate situation of not having a dinner reservation.
We walked all over the Gothic Quarter and figured it would be easy to find something tasty and reasonably priced … but we were wrong.
The good places were all full, so we had to get creative.
The afternoon before we had stopped in Bar Del Pla for a cava and remembered how delicious the food looked at other tables. We also remembered that this bar had one large barrel out front where people rested their drinks while they smoked.
So, in a stroke of quick thinking, I got an idea.
Hmmm… I wonder if they’d serve us dinner outside at the barrel?
In fact, they did.
Yay! We got some really tasty and unique food at a great price…
and we weren’t the least bit inconvenienced by eating while standing up.
(Actually another group of people even waited for us to finish dinner at our “barrel” so they could do the same thing)
Here’s a run down of what we ordered. A few of these tapas I’m eager to try at home.
This is the famous pan de tomate catalan. It’s toasted bread rubbed with garlic and fresh tomato. So good… I could’ve eaten another plate of this! I can’t wait until summer when tomatoes are in season. I’ll be snacking on this all the time.
This dish is holiday canneloni. The filling is chicken and spinach and it’s drizzled with truffle sauce.
These are two fried tapas dishes. The first one on the left is fried salty artichokes. The one on the right is fried eggplant drizzled with lime zest and honey. This was such a surprising flavor combination, but we really enjoyed it!
This dish was the star of the night and I will be recreating it at home soon… There is a layer of thinly sliced mushrooms topped with slices of parmesan cheese, Japanese basil leaf, strawberries, and wasabi vinaigrette.
Happy at the dinner barrel. Those are gorgonzola croquettes on the plate.