Tapas, the great gastronomic patrimony of the Basque Country. Small bites capable of crossing borders and winning the love of anyone. And they are the icon of social gastronomy, bar and beer, a symbol of culinary route.
A Basque tradition that is transmitted from generation to generation. The classic procession from bar to bar, between glasses of beer and glasses of beer. A gastronomic offer that has been established in Barcelona for a long time, and is becoming more common in the streets.
We are big fans of the Sunday pilgrimage that drags us to tread the more bars the better; in search of a cold glass of beer, a Txakoli and a bar that supports the elbow while devouring a couple of tapas. A Basque pilgrimage that is impossible to resist; and to which more and more taverns are added. Lovers of the concept of a bar, of the glass tube, gastronomic explorers and fanatics of the long bars and high stools, watch out for these five pearls! Our favorite bars to go to eat good tapas and get fine beer.
Koska Taverna, a tapas bar that has been on the busy Blai Street for several years. The eldest son of this couple of friends composed by the Argentinian Eduardo Marchesi and the Basque Ekaitz Sáenz, who already have more than 15 years of training and experience in the world of restaurants.
As Ekaitz tells us: “We do not like to pigeonhole with a type of cuisine, we like to make what we like to eat and drink and we do not conform with much” Here you will find a selection of the best Basque tapas made with products from here and there. A temple to the Basque gastronomy with snacks from each region.
The flag of Koska is the tortilla tapa. A well-pulled glass of beer, a tortilla tapa, a talk between colleagues and you’re ready! A juicy, little-made tortilla that has us in love. You stick to the bar and no one will get you out of there. Another Basque standard is its Gildas. Green, salty and pungent with chili Ibarra.
And you put the final touch with with Mendavia pepper piquillo stuffed with tuna from Bermeo (Biscayan), mayonnaise and egg. All on a piece of homemade bread made with wheat and slender vegetable flours. An authentic Basque tavern in the hear of Poble Sec. Late for tapas? Go to Koska!
This place located on the emblematic square of the Cathedral of Barcelona hosts daily a crowd a curious people in search of a mouthful of Basque and Mediterranean. Here they have been able to perfectly unite the Basque tradition of the consumption of small tapas with Mediterranean touches.
The perfect snack between meals in a place that always tries to innovate its gastronomic offer. This Bilbao Berria is one of three locations this Basque group has; where the product is the great protagonist. An appetizing Basque-Mediterranean synergy in the heart of the Catalan city.
We opted for its foie gras, joined with crispy raspberry, salt, tangerine and violet. And another one, that with beer after beer, we get hungry for; made with tuna tartar and salmon trout. The perfect place to make a stop, take a bite and quite a fresh take.
This family business has been open since 1914. It all started when the current owner’s great-grandfather wanted to open a winery and found a small place in the Poble Sec where he could sell the wines he harvested.
A sanctuary for the lovers of the millenary wineries, where the historical essence of the bar is preserved; of those where we kneel in the bar, and eat some appetizers round by round.
In Quimet i Quimet you will find a great variety of small sandwiches, of which we recommend the leek, piquillo and caviar, hedgehog with anchovies and squid with onion. But honestly any of them are worth it, because they make them at the time and they are killer!
This small local has been in action since 1995 by the Fernandez family, originally from San Sebastián. With Carmen in the kitchen, and María and Julián in the room, they have become one of the best Basque restaurants in the city.
High tables, a large bar, a range of Basque tapas and photos of San Sebastián covering the walls. This is where you are crossing the threshold of Taktika Berri; a direct passageway to the heart of the Basque country. In the background a dining room always filled with white tablecloths, cloth napkins and bread.
Among all of its variety, you do not escape the tortilla tapa, a patrimony of the house. And the egg montadito. An authentic Basque bar where you stop and devour a couple of tapas along with a well-pulled beer.
Next to the Basilica del Mar, in a small corner in El Born, hides the new restaurant belonging to this family group of restauranteurs. A place where the Navarre influence of Maria and Xavier’s mother prevails, with modern Mediterranean airs.
If you have the idea of eating a snack, having a glass of wine and traveling through the rest of the neighborhood, Teleféric is the perfect place. A gastronomic space that gives a restaurant a renewed vision of tapas. Here you will find not a bar full of tapas, on the contrary, all their snacks come out of the kitchen where they take care of the smallest details. A selection of the best of the Asian and Catalan cuisine in small bites.
If you allow us a recommendation, the creamy manchego and goat skewer with avocado, salmon and mango speaks for itself. And the caramelized foie gras with red onion and cherry jam is the best in the city. We didn’t say it, Estrella Damm said that it was awarded the prize for the best tapas in Barcelona. A Basque recital in the heart of El Born!
Text: Alejandro Moneva
Photos: Anel González