Restaurant: Cerveseria Catalana
Location: Carrer de Mallorca, 236, 08008 Barcelona
Date: June 14, 2016
Cuisine: Catalonian Tapas
Not only was this place recommended on Chowhound, but my parents independently “blundered” into it and loved it.
So I had to go back and try it with them.
Very “typical” super upscale Barcelona Tapas bar scene with a gorgeous wood interior.
And lots of sit at the counter space.
The layout of “white” salad (consisting of stuff in mayo).
A lot of the tapas are out in a halfway prepped form.
And pinchos (stuff on bread) like these croqueta.
Or walnut cheese spread and pineapple.
Or these amazing salmon and cream cheese.
Or Jamon with other stuff, like peppers.
Mushrooms can be selected and cooked up together.
More types, including mushrooms with Jamon (capitalized because in Spain, Jamon is a proper noun).
Boquerones en vinagre. One of my favorite traditional tapas. Super fresh here with that nice tang.
Crab salad on toast. Like an upscale spanish version of a Subway “seafood salad” sandwich.
Salmon and cream cheese or cream fraiche. Awesome.
Steamed shrimp. Super fresh and tasty with that bright briny flavor.
Sautéed mushrooms. Colon sweeper! Yummy with garlic and olive oil.
Duck cannelloni. This is the raw form. They cooked it up.
To this amazing, rich, béchamel wonder! Soft and creamy.
There was even a dessert bar.
Overall, Catalana was fabulous. Very straight up, nothing too modernist or anything, but really good, really fresh Catalonian tapas and a great atmosphere.