The equivalent of a bread basket start in Barcelona seems to be tomato bread. Often around 2 euros, we made it a habit of starting our meal with the ultra-crunchy, rustic (sometimes day-old) country bread slathered with ripe tomato, olive oil and sometimes sea salt. The best we had was at Taller de Tapas, a bustling restaurant in the Gothic quarter that was known for their English menu, great tapas, and profiteroles..
From there this eggplant dish with roasted red peppers and olive oil soaked sardines was almost to pretty to eat..
Next came farmhouse sausage with beans, one of my favorite dishes of the week. The juicy, perfectly cooked sausage and tender beans with chopped parsley was hearty, rustic and perfect.
The fried calamari was next, our first fried fish dish of the trip, but certainly not the last. It wasn’t the best we had, but was still a lightly fried, and not-too-oily mix of fresh fish.
There was also seafood paella and profiteroles, both of which must’ve been gobbled up before I could snap a photo..