I was really excited to eat authentic tapas in Barcelona and after reading great TA reviews, decided to visit La Bombeta on Saturday night.
I liked the fact that it´s loved by locals, no thrills, no credit cards accepted and the quirky signs on the wall the that read “We don´t have Wi-Fi, talk amongst yourselves” - I thought were a cool touch.
However, in regards to food, I felt a bit ripped off. We ordered 4 small croquettes, 2 “Bombas”, a salad, patatas bravas, kalamari, bread and the sausage and bean dish. I had a glass of Rioja and my partner a Coca-Cola.
The croquettes were nice and not sickly, the bombas okay but I was expecting them to be a lot better, salad was an average attempt, the bravas not crispy like they should be, the calamares– big disappointment, lacked freshness and were fried in BATTER!! Yuck, yuck, yuck! – I´m Greek-Cypriot and this is NOT how you make fried calamares! – The sausage came last, a 15 minutes after we finished our meal, after one bite, I got the impression it was very cheap meat as it had grizzle, bones and lumps of fat in it.
The crema catalan was good and tasted how it is meant to.
Service was fairly unfriendly and slow.
My verdict is, there are SO many nice places to eat in Barcelona, and this is certainly not worth wasting an evening of your trip and for the money (That little lot cost just over 50 euros!!), you can eat somewhere a lot better for cheaper- maybe just go for a Bomba and a caña!
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