Originally from Russia, there are many reinventions of the classic Russian salad, the excellent cold tapa that has been adopted by our gastronomy. It is a traditional dish that is difficult to resist and with time has become a tapa “mark of the house ” in all Spanish bars around.
A summer cap is the perfect accompaniment to a round of vermouth. We go crazy for a good Russian salad and in Barcelona the bar is very high. That’s why we bring you our five favorite bars where you can taste the best Russian salad. Although hardly comparable to those salads made with love by our mothers and grandmothers, each bite of these five salads will give you sweet memories of your childhood.
A traditional vermouth with modern air that offers a wide variety of tapas in an old cellar of the district of Sant Gervasi. This small family bar has become the meeting place for passers-by and neighbors where you can enjoy a good vermouth and something to snack on.
Reopened just over a year ago, Bodega Balmes has specialized in reinventing its concept of Russian Salad. Let us advise the Bavarian Salad, a very popular salad made with Frankfurt, pickles, mustard, mayonnaise and accompanied by the classic regañás. It is a surprising mix that undoubtedly is the best cold accompaniment. And for the most classic, its Russian salad in the traditional way is the best in the city
Her three years of life seem eternal, and her careless and intimate style so characteristically have become LA VERMU-tería of the neighborhood of Gracia. Acclaimed by all, it seems that it has always been there, offering quality tapas and dishes and being the favorite place to have a vermouth among friends.
It is the favorite place of many to start every night. A vermouth, a beer, something to eat and, without realizing it, you’re already in a spiral, trapped by the atmosphere that lives in this small bar in the heart of Gracia.
If you still do not know of this restaurant, hurry here because they make a Russian salad that should be considered gastronomic heritage. Cooked in the traditional way includes potato, carrot, tuna, mayonnaise, hard-boiled egg, garnished with olives, a little olive oil and accompanied by the typical bread sticks. Ugh …!
A gastronomic temple like those from the past, this family-run wine cellar with high ceilings, stone walls and a small terrace is the ideal place to have an aperitif. Full of gastronomic options and a wide selection of vermouths, it is always crowded by a disparate clientele that brings a homey atmosphere and signature personality to this place.
All of their dishes deserve a feature, but we better let you try them all yourself. Don’t forget their popular seafood salad, a nod to the Murcian dish. Presented with anchovy and red pepper, it is a mixture of tuna and vinegar pickles (gherkin, potato, onion) that give a refreshing touch. After a little more than three years, the Senor Vermut has become the home of the vermouth of Barcelona, so get to know Jordi and let him welcome you in his house.
This charming local of Poble Sec has become the favorite of many. This is a result of love from a passionate and encouraging mother. Rubén and his mother, the cook and commander of this hopeful project, offer traditional dishes with a modern and innovative touch characteristic of the “child of the house.”
The bar specializes in cymbals and sandwiches in which the main ingredient is the pork, as the name suggests. And in a short time, it has become a staple of the local gastronomy being the perfect place for the most nostalgic ones who yearn for “mama’s kitchen“. Here we find the highly acclaimed “marinericas “, the typical Salad from Murcia served in little boats of toasted anchovy or anchovies strategically cut to devour in three bites. A Russian salad with garlic, potato and pickles that the mother prepares us with love is the best accompaniment for vermouth or your homemade lemonade!
Snacks, tapas and a lot of tradition in this small local of Poble Sec where the palate brings us back to our childhood.
This historic tapas bar in the Barceloneta neighborhood dating from 1955 is a living heritage of a gastronomic culture to the old. With traditional chess floor decoration, marble tables and old wine boots, it features a counter filled with a selection of cold appetizers, as well as grocery style.
Their Russian salad made in the traditional way does not go unnoticed among a menu full of tapas for all tastes, sea and mountain, fish or meat. Its traditional salad dressing incorporates pieces of carrot that give a refreshing touch, accompanied with muffins and extra mayonnaise to savor the exquisite texture in the mouth. Refreshing and classic, this is one of the best salads in Barcelona.
Text: Alejandro Moneva
Photos: Anel González