Carrer de la Diputació, 269, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
For our first night in Barcelona, tapas was the obvious choice. We had read about Tapas 24 on a few websites, all praising it as a hot spot for locals and tourists alike, with a great atmosphere and food, so we decided to give it a shot.
It was clear from the minute we approached the place that it was exceedingly popular – there was a line of at least 20 people snaking out from the door. Even so, the turnover of diners seemed to be quite quick, so we were seated in no time.
We ordered a selection of tapas to share, including some of the more popular items on the menu.
My personal favourites were probably the Bomba, a crispy ball of potato and meat, as well as the Bikini sandwich (what’s not to love about grilled cheese, ham and truffle?). The Mcfoie Burger was also very nice, with a smooth and flavour-packed foie gras.
Even though the dishes were decent, there were some big downsides that were hard to ignore. Firstly, the service was not fantastic as the entire area was packed to the brim and very loud. This wasn’t helped by the waiters, who all seemed to be hell bent on getting people in and out as quickly as possible – not a single one bothered to properly explain the menu (most of which was in Spanish) even when we asked. Secondly, the prices were unreasonably high for the quality and size of the dishes. I’ve always known tapas to be a bit pricey, but this was beyond my expectations, especially as we left the restaurant still feeling hungry.
Unfortunately, our first dining experience in Barcelona was quite disappointing for the most part. While the food was pretty good, the prices and service were subpar. Perhaps popularity has led to the decline of a once-great restaurant, but whatever the reason, I would suggest looking for an alternative place for tapas in Barcelona.