Saturday 22 June 2013

Tapas 24, Barcelona

A note about the restaurant: open Monday to Saturday from breakfast to midnight, Tapas 24 (or Tapaç 24) is a traditional tapas style bar with a modern edge. Usually busy and buzzing, I have visited a number of times during previous but on this trip only managed to stop by for a quick snack of a couple of their signature dishes.

A note about the chef: Tapas 24 is owned and operated by Carles Abellán, the Michelin starred Chef of Comerç 24 (see here) – who, like most of Barcelona’s top chefs, spent a few years as Ferran Adrià’s right hand man at elBulli… yada yada #obvs!

What I ate:

Named after the 1950s “Bikini” Concert Hall in the Les Corts area of Barcelona, you will find the humble ‘Bikini’ Sandwich (aka Croque Monsieur) on many Catalan menus - the only difference being, with its addition of black truffle grated over quality jamon ibérico and melted cheese Tapas 24’s pimped up version is a cut above your average cheese toastie.

Equally indulgent, Tapas 24’s celebrated ‘Mc Foie Burger’ is the other must have item on the menu – served in a light Panini style bun with a rare ground beef patty and a nugget of foie. If this isn’t good enough, the real ‘pièce de résistance’ is the accompanying rich velvety foie gras parfait (mayo) for dipping.

A note about the service: I visited between just after 11 am and there were only a handful of customers in – the service was swift friendly and efficient.

A note about the ‘experience’: this was not my first time visiting Tapas 24 and it will certainly not be my last – one of the best spots for good quality tapas in town. 

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