Cañota Casa de Tapes is a funky, modern ‘taperia’ owned by the Iglesia brothers. The brothers are well known in Barcelona for their celebrated seafood restaurant ‘Rías de Galicia’ and for their partnership with Albert & Ferran Adrià in Tickets (see here) and PAKTA (here).
What we ate:
"Toasted Bread Con Tomate la Roseta” – a DIY classic. "Gillardeau Oyster with Ponzu" (Ostras Gillardeau) – a fabulous quality oyster with a Japanese twist.
“Burgerbull” a recipe from Calima’s two Michelin starred Dani García featuring Havarti cheese, vegetables and hot mayonnaise. I’ve eaten at Calima and loved it (here) - although this does not compare with the rest of Dani’s food, it was tasty nonetheless.
"Russian Salad" (Ensalada rusa) – a decent salad with the tasty addition of salmon roe and bread sticks. Pulpo a Feira – served warm, diners are encouraged to ‘mash the potato with the fork and mix it up with the oil, red pepper and octopus’
“Molecular Wings - Atomic Hot Wings” (Las Alitas Atómicas) – arriving in a Cobbler Shaker, these were fab. The wings had a crisp texture and the sauce was delicious and, despite the name, not overly fiery.
"Bowl of Avocado, Spicy Tomato & King Prawns" (Cuenco Aguacate con Tomate Picate y Langostinos) – a great dish with a beautiful king prawn and tortilla chips.
"Galician Spicy Potatoes" (Patatas Bravas) with sauce by Albert Adrià and light alioli sauce – my personal preference would be for a potato with a bit of colour or crispness but this is the way they are seemingly served in these parts.
"Galician Veal Entrecote" (Entrecotte) – a first-rate piece of meat, perfectly cooked.
A note about the service: coincidentally, the same lad who had looked after us as Tickets served us in the main. All the staff were industrious and good humoured.
A comparative note about the ‘experience’: Cañota is very much your local ‘taperia’ – much of the menu is based on classic tapas dishes with a few ‘progressive’ tweaks. If you are only in Barcelona for one or two days, there are more exciting tapas joints to visit but for these staying a little longer Cañota is well worth checking out.