Barcelona. Mention the name of the Spanish city and passionate football fans as much as architect Antoni Gaudi’s quirky buildings come to mind. But wherever you are, the whiff of garlic sizzling in olive oil won’t be too far behind for the city’s food offerings are truly in abundance.
Here, food is deeply embedded into its cultural identity. Michelin-starred restaurants rub shoulders with buzzy tapas bars. Cafes serving up traditional hot chocolate sit next to specialty wine bars. So how does a traveler who’s strapped for time know where to eat in Barcelona?
For that, we have Barcelona native Carlos Montebbio who heads Esquina on Jiak Chuan Road to thank. The Spanish chef knows the city intimately as he was born and raised in the Catalonian capital, attended culinary school and also sharpened his knives at some of its best restaurants.
“Barcelona is surrounded by amazing regions that produce some of the best produce in the world, from wild to farmed and seafood,” he says. This includes some of the most basic Spanish staples like olive oil and ingredients like prawns that make up the most common types of tapas.
Here, we get the chef to recommend five of his favourite haunts, because a trained chef’s tastebuds can surely do you no wrong.
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