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“Must-eat in Barcelona”
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 February 8, 2013

We discovered this place in an online article written by people living in Barcelona and decided to give it a try. It supposed to be one of the best places for tapas and the best place for Bombas. You really have to know where it is to find it and most of the people eating are locals. If you are lucky you will find a table , otherwise you will have to wait in the bar. The best way to go is to take the metro to Barceloneta and then walk for 5 minutes. Menu is in Catalan (not Spanish) but the owner speaks some English and can help you a lot. Beware that the place is closed on Wednesday and I am not sure for Sunday.

You should definitely eat:
Bombas - probably the best in Barcelona (ball of mashed potatos with minced meat in the middle, fried with some mayonnaise and spicy sauce on the top)
Carxofa (fried artichokes)
Sardines
Calamar (squid rings)
Pop (octopus)
Ensaladilla (russian salad with egg,tuna,mayonnaise,potatoes,carrots)
Pan con Aioli (bread with aioli and mayonnaise)

On our second "visit" we had the chance to listen the two gypsies that come to the restaurant to sing with a guitar (the noise levels reach the limit but we really enjoyed it!!!).

Do not forget to drink the local cerveza Estrella (beer). For around 10 tapas and 3 beers we payed 34 euros. Excellent quality fresh seafood with excellent price, an excellent choice to enjoy food with locals.

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4  Thank Efthymios K
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Reviewed December 30, 2012

We tried the house specialties; bombas, fried artichokes, and gambas rojas based on the recommendation of the chef/cook.....we also had an order of the best clams I have ever tasted....the size of a U.S. dime.....worth all the time to eat them....only locals there on the day we went....all very nice to us .....just so lucky that we found this place.....it was the best meal we had in Barcelona. See our pictures.....

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Thank KRISANDBILL
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Reviewed December 5, 2012

Small place, but very busy. Near Barceloneta Market, many locals there. Great tapas with great price.

Thank Ricardo W
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

wow, what a wonderful tapas bar/restaurant. hard to find, but worth it. Not a tourist in sight. delicious authentic, proper, tapas. basic, but real and knocked the socks off all our other meals.

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Thank RGoldby
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

Fantastic food - great atmosphere - loved it.
You'll probably have to wait for a table and share it with other diners and I think it is only open at lunchtime. The menu is in Spanish and a little English is spoken . Small tapas dishes -and all the ones we tried were delicious. The toasted bread with garlic mayonnaise was to die for as were the chickpeas with blood sausage, artichokes. squid, octopus .... infact all of it !

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Thank sarahbrum
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