Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Euskal Etxea, Barcelona : Restaurant review

To many blokes out there, a basque night out may set the pulses racing. I'm no different. Spain has a varied culinary scene, however Basque cooking from the North West is one of my favourites. They have their own tapas which are called pintxos and are usually served on small rounds of toast.

In the heart of the El Born area of Barcelona which is just food heaven, Euskal Etxea provides a fantastic insight into one of the worlds great cuisines. This falls into the category of food porn, your eyes light up as soon as you walk in, you want to try everything on offer and never want to leave. You forget about what anything costs and just become embroiled in the whole atmosphere.

Anyway, down to the food. Everything was perfecto as they say in Spain, but the highlights were: Black pudding and Serrano ham, Crispy tartlets filled with a membrillo paste and topped with cream cheese, Anchovies with pickles, Serrano ham, Bombas - round croquettas filled with ham and cheese, topped with aioli and a mackerel paste topped with crab. The bar / restaurant teems with life and the food provides a natural source of conversation. I remember a while ago when the so called 'best job in the world' was advertised, a caretakers job on a desert island. Well, chief taster is this place can't be far behind.


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