One of the best things to eat in Barcelona is tapas and one of the best places to go is Cerveceria Catalana, a restaurant with a 4.5/5 star ratings from a whooping 12,500 reviews. It was so good that we dined twice during our short stay in Spain, for both Thursday 7th March 2019 lunch and Friday 8th March 2019 dinner.
The service was exceptional. We only had to wait 15 mins during peak hour for a table and even after we ordered, it felt like no wait because we were chugging down on our 1L sangria 😂 (I guess that's how they get you hehe).
P.s. since I am writing this page a year later, and my memory is starting to fade, and the menu is not very detailed, these dishes will be rated out of 10 😅
Smoked salmon, fresh prawns, cream cheese and chives. The bite felt fattening with that thick cheese but the juiciness of the prawn cut through it - 8/10.
The four cheeses pizza tasted like a staple margherita slice - 7/10.
The white anchovies "andaluz style" tasted exactly how you'd expect it to taste: sour, acidic, with minimal mouth feel. It is not my kind of palette so 4/10 but Mick rated it a 8/10.
I don't remember if this was a special or a tapas but we loved the freshness of these pipis. The vinaigrette really enhanced the ocean flavours - 10/10
This was the grilled pork loin with cheese. I found the excessive oils too overwhelming for my taste. It felt very heavy and had a slimy mouthfeel, and this made it hard to swallow - 3/10
Another item I cannot locate on the menu but I do remember these arancini balls were lit. The crust was finely crispy with a moderate amount of dough. The filling was savory, (pork? we don't remember) and the american cheese and tomato helped lighten the, otherwise, dry bite - 8.4/10
Paella is a famous Spanish cuisine, known for the stir fried rice with seafood. In Spanish, paella means frying pan. cooked on a low temperature. This was a savory and rich dish, with the sauce overfilling the bite of fresh scampi - 9/10
Grilled prawns - not too sure why we ordered this... maybe we were drunk? Either way, you cannot do wrong with simple seafood - 10/10
The beef tenderloin with foie gras was so juicy and fatty. Foei gras is the liver of an overfed duck and if you've had it, you'd know a huge chunk of it would be playing with boundaries. We really liked this dish because the crispy bread helped cut through the richness of this delectable, easy-to-find-in-Spain duck - 9/10
We're not too sure what this was.. but it tasted like a greasy spoon of pasta without the carbs. We did not finish this one - 6/10
The shrimp 'al ajillo' was really nice, well seasoned, with fresh prawns - 10/10
We liked this chicken with cured ham croquettes. The Spanish people know how to incorporate pork in everything and this was well made. Creamy, savory filling with moderately doughy outer layer and a faint crispy bite - 9/10
You can never go wrong with prawns and these skewers were delicious. There was a nice balance between the salty seasoning and the sweet mayo, cut with the fresh seafood flavour and the crispy bite of the bread - 10/10
The Spanish omelette was a bit plain and dry for our liking. Nothing really spectacular to say - 6/10
By this point we are drunk off our sangria. The fruit mango mousse was light, fresh and not overly sweet - 8/10
A classic to try everywhere, the creme brulee was light, well balanced and the sugary shell was not too thick. It was so good - 11/10!!!!
Overall, we loved both occasions we dined at this restaurant and we would highly recommend it to our family and friends. We found the large selection to choose from really fun because it meant, as tourists, we could try different styles and variables of dishes from Barcelona without over indulging ourselves. The service was amazing.