Travel and family ties bring me to Barcelona often, and I have been lucky enough to witness the city’s transformation from a charming Mediterranean port into a Tourist Hub during the last few decades.
This change has brought about a lot of variety (sometimes at too high a price) to the city’s gastronomical offering but has, regretfully, erased part of the authenticity that made no-frills eating such a great thing to be enjoyed not so long ago.
Hope, however, is not completely lost: “La Plata”, in the very heart of Barri Gòtic stays true to the tradition that made the city great in the first place. A basic menu of simple yet outstanding local specialties awaits you there, just past the colorful doors: the “peix fregit” (pescadito frito/fried fish) is worth the visit by itself, while the anchovies’ & tomato salad or the “butifarra” (a smaller but tastier version of the larger-size catalan classic) will for sure satisfy any hungry appetite. In the spirit of the good’old taverns, you will also have at your disposal a more than decent house wine to go along the food, all served by a friendly staff that, for the time I have been knowning them, I can call for sure true ambassadors of Barcelona.
It is always a refreshing routine for me to visit La Plata and reconnect with my city. It can also be for you a fine introduction to “tapas” culture as it should, or as it used to, be.
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