By Regina W Bryan in Barcelona—
As much as I love Rioja wine, Manchego cheeses, golden olive oil and paella, there comes a time when one tires of Spanish food and wants a bit of curry or guacamole in life. Barcelona’s non-Spanish/Catalan foods scene improves each year (I’ve seen a big change in the five years I’ve been here) offering up a little something from many countries around the globe.
Here are seven non-Spanish restaurants with Cheapo-friendly prices that I recommend:
Every month a new sushi place seems to open in Barcelona. Sushi is so hip, so cool, so expensive!
Poeta Cabanyes, 19
Tel: +34 93 329 67 40
A friend of mine who owns the newly opened Japanese restaurant, The Tatami Room told me that “there’s a lot more to Japanese food than sushi.” Indeed, at his Tatami Room, not one piece of Maki is served. The Tatami room is in Barcelona’s Poble Sec neighborhood, overlooked by tourists and locals alike. Try “real” Japanese at The Tatami Room and then head two doors down to Bar Rouge, a sexy bar on the same street.
It is possible to get a good burrito and margarita in Barcelona. Two of my favorite spots are Rosa Negra and Chido One.
Via Laietana 46
La Rosa Negra and its sister restaurant, La Rosa de Raval serve up Tex-Mex style meals at fair prices. I dig the happy hour at Rosa Negra from Monday-Friday when they shake up margaritas for a super cheapo €3.50! Have some nachos to go with your Cuervo, or one of their enormous burritos.
I also like Chido One, a slightly pricier Mexican joint in the city’s Gracia neighborhood offering up an ample selection of classic “south of the border” dishes.
In search of the perfect burger? Aren’t we all? My burger spot criteria is that they have at least five burger choices, that the burgers are served on buns (yes, there are some places here where the burger comes bun-less) and that they also serve veggie burgers. My two favorites in Barcelona are Betty Ford’s, which servers very aFordable burgers (it’s a pun, get it?), and Fastnet on the beach.
Joaquin Costa, 56
Betty Ford’s is in El Raval and also pours some mean cocktails. This place is usually packed with drinkers on Fridays and Saturdays, some come early for burgers.
Paseo Juan de Borbón, 22
The Fastnet is an Irish pub in Barceloneta near the beach and across the street from Port Vell. Sit outside when the weather is nice and have one of their fab burgers with fries for about €7. Add a pint to that and you’ve got a large lunch for €10.
4. Additional Asian Options
Thai restaurants have been popping up all over Barcelona lately, and the following two Asian eateries come highly recommended to me by friends.
Calle Corsega 381
Tel: 93 459 35 91
Thai Gracia is in Barcelona’s Gracia neighborhood and serves authentic Thai food made with ingredients imported from Thailand. Consider the abundant “tasting menu” for €21 any time or the daily special Monday – Friday for €11.00.
Tel: 620 938 059
Thai Thai, in Barcelona’s central Eixample barrio has a slightly less expensive daily special for €9.50 during the work week.