Despite technically being in Barcelona for the festival, we still found some time for yummy noms in town. We were very happy to stumble across Rosa del Raval for a late lunch after checking into the hotel. A Mexican taqueria with 3,50 euro margaritas, decent tacos and burritos, and plenty of veggie choices – always a winner for me.
That evening, we went to the restaurant right next door to Rosa, Anima. A really delicious menu of Asian-influenced Mediterranean dishes, like teriyaki steak with fondant potatoes and rocket, housed in an industrial-chic interior. Really friendly service; even a power cut during dessert (stewed apples with panna cotta) didn’t deter from a really great dinner, and it was excellent value.
We lunched the next day at Tapas24, having tried to eat there the previous night but finding a queue out the door – no surprise when the head chef is ex-El Bulli pedigree. The food was fantastic and the patient waiter let me adapt some dishes to be veggie — the burrata cheese with pesto and confit tomatoes was particularly amazing. Other hits were veg tempura, patatas bravas, and croquettas – lots of deep-fried goodness, basically.
Another nice – slightly lighter – lunch the next day at Fastvinic, a poshed-up sandwich bar with focus on design and sustainability. My aubergine and local Catalan cheese baguette was really tasty. There are even big recycling machines that dispose of your leftovers with a pleasing whir and crunch.
One final lunch place to recommend, Habaluc, where 13,90 euros will get you three courses from a concise but tasty menu with plenty of veggie options. Plus there’s a counter of yummy-looking takeaway cakes and pastries.
We ate at the festival site every evening apart from the first, which is a bit of a shame as there are loads more restaurants I would have liked to have tried in town. But for festival catering it was pretty good, even including a stall from artisan bakery Barcelona Reykjavik, as well an some amusingly punny musical offerings.
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