Best Ever Barcelona Dishes!

Regular Gourmet Getaways readers would know that I choose my holiday destinations based on the food I would like to try. Today I give you a delicious look at some of the best Barcelona Dishes!

Must Try Dishes in Barcelona

If you are planning a grand trip to Spain, one of the places that you be part of your bucket list is Barcelona. This majestic city boasts of several tourist attractions such as the Barcelona Aquarium, Barcelona FC Museum, and the Barcelona Zoo.

But aside from visiting the wonderful man-made and natural wonders in the city, another thing that you should do is to try the local cuisines of this place. Your Barcelona holidays won’t be complete if you don’t try an authentic tapas or escalivada. If you are a new visitor, you might become too overwhelmed with the choices, especially if you don’t speak Catalan. Check out this post to learn more about the best dishes that you should try when visiting the beautiful city of Barcelona.

Crispy fried fish cod cheeks with guajillo lime allioli

Crispy fried fish cod cheeks with guajillo lime allioli

  1. Allioli

This is a common Catalan sauce that has the almost the same taste and texture as mayonnaise. Usually, it is made from garlic, salt, and a touch of olive oil. However, most locals tend to spice up their allioli recipe and add other ingredients to satisfy their palates. You can eat this sauce with vegetables, meat, fish, and other meals.

Spanish Tapas

Spanish Tapas

  1. Tapas

Never go home without eating this delicious Catalan dish. Tapas are the general term for appetizers in Spanish cuisine. As such, it comes in several forms and tastes. Some of the snacks that you should try are:

  • Pa amb tomaquet – this is a piece of bread that is rubbed with tomato and it is sprinkled with olive oil.
  • Xipirons – deep fried squids
  • Alcachofas laminadas – fried artichokes
  • Pimientos del padron – deep fried green peppers
Escalivada -Barcelona Spanish Tapas

Escalivada -Barcelona Spanish Tapas

  1. Escalivada

Escalivada is a type of Catalan dish that is made from mixed vegetables that are grilled to perfection and is commonly topped with healthy servings of anchovies. The usual vegetables that are added on this dish are eggplant and bell pepper. It is cooked using traditional wood fire so it has pleasant and mouth-watering woodsy smell and taste. After cooking, the veggies are topped with olive oil and garlic.

  1. Esqueixada

This is a type of salt cod salad that is also known as the ceviche of Catalan. Its ingredients are shredded cod that was dried and salted, fresh tomatoes, onions, and hard boiled eggs. It is a very hearty meal that is perfectly served with a cold glass of beer.

Esqueixada Best Ever Barcelona Dishes

Esqueixada Best Ever Barcelona Dishes

  1. Crema Catalan

This one is a traditional Catalan dessert that tastes like crème brulee. However, it has a smoother cream compared to the latter. It combines the lemon zest and cinnamon to give that spicy and citrusy taste. Afterwards, It is topped with caramelized sugar.

Crema Catalan

Crema Catalan

Which one of these Barcelona dishes would excite you enough to hop on a plane and travel to this culinary city for some genuine Spanish food? Let me know in the comments below.


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