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“Well worth the wait”

El Quim de la Boqueria
Ranked #159 of 9,510 Restaurants in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Full Bar, Serves Alcohol
Neighborhood: El Raval
London
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50 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Well worth the wait”
Reviewed April 24, 2014

I think this is a Barcelona institution. Deep in the La Boqueria market is this Tapas Bar. You have to wait behind a current diner's chair. Don't worry the system works and it is worth the wait. You watch piping hot dishes being served one after the other. All the diners are licking their lips because the food is delicious, the service slick and they just know what they are doing. The guys working behind the bar in a small cramped space are poetry in motion. We ate 6 dishes between the 2 of us (probably a bit greedy) but we ate it all as it was so delicious. They had normal Tapas dishes but a very good range of fresh fish and then sadly the mixed wild mushrooms with foie gras was finished so we had the wild mushrooms on their own in a port jus - totally delicious. As were the mussels, the padron peppers, huge grilled sweet prawns etc. Thank you to Roy who made the recommnedation. Definitely worth a return trip next time we are in Barcelona

  • Visited April 2014
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Yum!”
Reviewed April 24, 2014

We had breakfast here. It's a fabulous little place, really interesting. There were so many things going on, and a great menu to choose from.

Visited April 2014
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“El Quim, Mercat de La Boqueria, Barcelona”
Reviewed April 22, 2014

While we were planning our trip to Barcelona, this eatery was almost always mentioned in the reviews of people who visited this city. Closed on Sundays and Mondays, we made it a point to visit El Quim on our last morning in Barcelona. True enough, we were not disappointed. Although we spent a fair bit for breakfast (by Malaysian standards), we have no regrets because the food lived up to expectations. The taste of their signature dish, chipirones on eggs, cannot be found elsewhere (expect maybe only at their branch in Hong Kong).

  • Visited March 2014
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New York City, New York
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere”
Reviewed April 22, 2014 via mobile

I was fortunate enough to get four seats after a 10 minute wait. We started with some batatas bravas and tomato bread. They both did not disappoint! The brava sauce was probably the best we had in our time in Spain. My friend ordered the plate of the day, cod salad, and it was excellent. The rest if us ordered the Squid and egg dish. These dish was even better than the plate of the day. We washed the food down with some local cava and called it a day.

It was a great experience coupled with the fact that it was only a 10 minute wait to be seated. (It was 11:45am when we arrived) the atmosphere of locals and tourist made this a great experience.

  • Visited April 2014
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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“WOW- flavor galore!”
Reviewed March 28, 2014

Stood here for about 45 minutes waiting for a spot a the bar and the wait was worth every minute!

Had a fantastic meal with a cold beer, padron peppers, albondigas, roasted artichoke and patatas bravas. The padron peppers were, for me, the best part of the meal- sooo tasty, hot and flavorful.

Service is quick and effective but this definitely is not the place to come to if you like the white table cloth treatment. I'd recommend this place in a heartbeat and will be back the next time I'm in Barcelona.

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Visited March 2014
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