I ended up going to Barcelona again because a few of my friends were having dinner there. I wasn't too jazzed about the place last time, but I decided to give it another try. This time, at least in the bar area, the restaurant was a lot more lively and inviting. The bar seats are on first come, first served basis, so we were lucky that someone was leaving as we were arriving.
Apparently, Monday is half-price wine night, and most of the wines of the list are included. We ended up splurging for some really good wine. I will say that Barcelona has had a good wine program both times I have been there. The sommelier matched the wine to what we were having that night and wanted to drink, so kudos to that.
My friend and I tried not to overdo it with the food. Tapas places like this, you end up ordering a lot of things and spending triple what you expected to spend. We kept it simple after starting with wine, and then I got lamb burger with a salad instead of bread. The salad was just mediocre. My friend both got the skirt steak dish, and for the price point, I thought that the portion was rather small.
I will say that our server was very good at up-selling. He suggested these roasted jalapenos (or whatever kind of pepper they were) as an accompaniment to the cheese. It's not something I would normally think of getting, but they were very good and I have two portions of it. Very simple, but well-executed.
Overall, I had a much better time at Barcelona this time than last. It has a good vibe, and as the weather gets warmer, it'll definitely be a good spot to sit outside and have a drink.
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