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“Can it be more original?”
Review of La Cova Fumada

La Cova Fumada
Ranked #108 of 10,185 Restaurants in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $39 - $49
Cuisines: Spanish
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Dining options: Breakfast
Neighborhood: Barceloneta
Reviewed July 7, 2012

This tapas bar you don't see because it is more or less a "hole in the wall", but in the street you hear all the happy guests and the atmosphere is fantastic. We ate there 2 times in a short week, and I can't wait to go back. It is Old fashioned, hectic and very croudy at peak time from 1-3 PM. Small tapas courses who will make your mouth watering :-) Try the Bombas and the artichokes, picante sauce but you will love it. Rounded up with Cortado and stayed happy the rest of the day. This is a place you don't want to miss :-)

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Reviewed June 23, 2012

We tried two restaurants in the Barceloneta district: Jai-Ca and this one. And I prefer the Cova Fumada, simply because the food tastes better. Also the waiter was helpfull. We had delicious bread with aioli (spread with garlic), delicious squid, cod with tomato, three bombas (some potato speciality with a somewhat spicy tomato sauce) and two beers for around 20 euro.

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Reviewed June 9, 2012

My most memorable barcelona experience. The place looks like it might not have changed since the 1930s but the buzz inside lets you know this is an extremely popular restaurant. There are just a few simple dishes (maybe 25 in al) chalked up on the board, all very modestly priced- nothing costs more than maybe 7 euros. When we arrived at around 1:15 we found a perch
on a shared table but were told politely by the owner we couldn't sit down as there was a waiting system, we were asked to come back in about 10 minutes. It's on a pretty square with benches so even though I was with my elderly father that wasn't really a problem.
We chose dishes based on what the people around us were eating. Bomba ( a house speciality, I think a fish and potato croquette with a garlic mayo and a little chilli on top), grilled sardines, octopus, fried artichokes and an ensaladilla. There were other dishes which looked really interesting which I now wish we'd gone for- chick peas and black pudding for instance. Dishes are accompanied by grilled bread which has been rubbed with fresh tomato.
The noise levels throughout were ear splitting which was not to my father's liking but he did relax a lot more when the food arrived. Things reached a peak when a couple of Gypsies came in ( to the obvious disapproval of most of the Spaniards inside) and started yelling renditions of the Gypsy Kings. All in all a vivid experience and good, simple spanish food at great prices.

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Reviewed January 20, 2012

What a very special restaurant in the Barceloneta district! We were so happy we stumbled upon a review of this casual small restaurant and took the time to find it. There is barely a sign on the door, but a peek inside at the full room lets you know the locals love it. . But don't let the close tables or lack of Spanish discourage you, as the owner makes every attempt to welcome you and provide you with the recommendations of the house specialities. Listen carefully and choose about four or five selections for two people....for the small plates that appear are outstanding. This small intimate family run restaurant is filled with warmth and ambiance, and will always be this New Yorker's favorite Barcelona experience. Thank you for a wonderful meal and moment.

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Reviewed June 20, 2011

Enjoyed the lull before the crowds when we arrived at 12:30. The waitress steered us well and a lot of pointing at nearby tables got us to a point of foodie heaven - octopus, artichokes, mushrooms, bread with garlic, cod with tomato, and heavenly garbanzo beans. 15 mins later it was filling up and 45 mins later this small, basic tapas bar was heaving. The food was truly tasty and we enjoyed the simplicity of the surroundings. Very well priced.

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