20 Oct Barcelona: Tapas 24
To dive deep into the culinary culture of each place we’ve been to, we would choose to experience a mix of fine dining and local eats. From gastronomy to patisserie, I hope foodies would enjoy the restaurant reviews that I put together.
You can’t claim you have come to Barcelona (or generally Spain) if not dining in a few tapas restaurant. Tapas are a variety of appetizers or main courses served in small plates that you can share with others. The great thing is you get to sample a lot more varieties with its small portions.
Tapas 24 is a great option if you don’t bother making reservation and the location is very convenient and close to the main shopping strip of Passeig De Gracia in L’Eixample. You won’t miss it as other restaurants were empty on the same block but this was full house.
We were there by 2pm so there wasn’t any line at all. We first ordered 2 glasses of Cava ~ Did I say I drink Cava all my way in Barcelona? I’m not particular with wine but I’m such a sparkling drink sucker.
I can’t read Spanish nor my server understood English but fortunately we had a very kind American family sitting next translated almost the entire menu for us.
Now let’s start with my favourite dish – Bikini – grilled ham & cheese sandwiches with black truffles. Tiny pieces with big flavours. I found it very delicious but I may be bias as I like anything with truffles!!! You can’t deny it’s perfectly grilled even by just looking at the picture on the top.
The second dish was the Bompa – deep fried potato croquette with beef. This dish is very similar to the ones we had in those Japanese tapas places. It’s good but maybe I would want to try something else.
The third dish was recommended by the family sitting next to us, it’s like Catalan style of taco. It’s flavourful but I was’t very impressed as it’s quite pricey. The taste (quite similar to barbecued pulled pork) didn’t seem to deliver up to its cost. (€14)
Because we sat very close to the bar/kitchen, Will was taking pictures of the dishes we would like to order and showed to the server. I think that’s a genius idea instead of figuring out the menu. He spotted this and thought we should try this.
So it’s actually a beef dish (probably grilled tenderloin) with mashed potatoes. The presentation was very nice because I found many tables ordered this after seeing our beautiful dish on the table. It tasted great and it’s very tender.
The last dish was the scrambled egg with Iberian ham and french fries. You can choose different toppings and the price may vary. I think this was the most expensive dish we ordered. I personally like Iberian ham better on its own so I would suggest you can skip adding ham. I would say it should taste equally delicious.
I have checked other food review and figured out some may find their service and food mediocre. Our experience was pleasant. We had great service and good food (I would not say spectacular but it’s above average). The Bikini sandwiches were so decadent and I will go back just because of that. 5 dishes, 2 glasses of cava and a cup of cappuccino, our bill came under €70.