Monday, January 08, 2007

Eating in Barcelona

Tapelia - tapas, rice and much more

"Arroz and tapas" is offered at Tapelia, located on one of Barcelonas busiest streets, Passeig de Gracia. But you can get this and so much more, at a very low price. It was such a great restaurant that we ate there twice!

Location BBBB

At 15 Passeig de Gracia close to Placa Catalunya. The restaurant has two floors, one basement level serving dinner, at the upper level they offer a wide variety of tapas. Even if the location is good, it has no wow-factor, so four B's to Tapelia.

Atmosphere: BBBBB

Tapelia has a great interior, very minimalistic and chic. The rooms were painted in grey and cream livened by large colourful paintings. The china on which the dishes were served, were all different in shape. Good chairs, really nothing to put you finger on!!

Price: BBBBB

For a Scandinavian it is great to see a menu with dishes mainly priced less than € 20, and this is the upper end. And the food is worth the price we paid.

Service: BBBB+

The service was very different the two times we visited Tapelia. The first night, we experienced difficulties when ordering. Our waiter did not speak english, and even if I pointed at my meal, a chicken salad, I was served salad with asparagus. He also started to clear our table before all of us had finished our meal. Our second meal, we ordered tapas for lunch, and the service was generally very good.

The food BBBB+

The food was very good. The first evening, I ordered a salad with white aspargus. Susanne had a crepe filled with aubergines and hake in a bechamel sauce. Per ordered a chicken lasagna lasagne and small vegetables, gratinated with emmenthaler cheese. My salad was great. The asparagus and salad were crisp. Lovely tastes.

We were served a great selection of tapas for lunch the second time. Some very traditional as tortillas and crocquettes, but we also orderes game pate with a wonderful sweet jam. The desserts were delicious too, two different sorbets, crepes with chocolate, profiteroles, banoffi pie. We were also served a great rosé wine, spanish Free Gold. Yum, yum!!

Overall score: BBBB+

Very recommendable - a place to return to!

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