A Night at Barceloneta

Barceloneta

Carrer de L’Escar, 22, Moll Dels Pescadors, 08039 Barcelona, Spain

Imagine eating dinner while watching the sun set over the Barcelona shoreline – that’s the experience you get this beautiful restaurant situated right next to the water at the La Barceloneta piers. After a relaxing afternoon at the beach on our second day in Spain, K and I stopped by for a celebratory dinner (we’d just received our job offers for next year), and had a great meal.

The view
The view

Cava
Cava
Marinated Ondarroa anchovies (€12,75)
Marinated Ondarroa anchovies (€12,75)
Anchovies
Marinated Ondarroa anchovies (€12,75)

While K loved anchovies, I’m not usually a fan. However, I actually really enjoyed this dish, especially when eaten with the house tomato bread, which helped to balance the saltiness.

Deep fried squid legs (€12,00)
Deep fried squid legs (€12,00)

Who doesn’t love fried squid? Fresh and crispy, and not overcooked – delicious!

Small clams done our own way (€15,40)
Small clams done our own way (€15,40)

Simply cooked, but really brought out the natural flavours of the clams. Even though the clams were quite small, there were a good number of them, and the sauce they were swimming in was perfect for bread dipping.

Paella Moll del Rellotge (€22,40)
Paella Moll del Rellotge (€22,40)

This was our first paella in Spain, so I had very high expectations. It was brought out to us in a traditional paella pan, but unfortunately they served it up for us, which meant neither of us really got any of the crusty bits at the bottom of the pan (obviously the best part!). If I’d known, I would’ve definitely asked to do it ourselves, which was an option, but it was too late by the time I realised. Luckily the flavour of the paella was great – there was a strong seafood flavour and the rice was cooked perfectly (the worst kind of paella is a wet one). The little bites of clams, fish and squid were fantastic too – thumbs up.

House caramel custard (€5,80)
House caramel custard (€5,80)

Pretty standard, but still a tasty dessert.

After-dinner espresso
After-dinner espresso

Barceloneta

Restaurant interior
Restaurant interior

Barceloneta was a great restaurant for dinner – the views were stunning and the food very good. Yes, a little higher priced, but nothing exorbitant considering the freshness of the seafood. K and I had a lovely dinner here, and would recommend it for sure (especially above all of the other tourist traps in the area – beware the restaurant with pictures of paella on display).

xx Judy

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