Friday, May 23, 2014

My Trip to Barcelona, Spain (Day 5): Tapas 24

From Madrid, we took the high speed train to Barcelona. We chose this route to avoid having to waste time at the airport with check in and security lines. Even though the train is technically more expensive, it was a bit more relaxing in terms of boarding and the ride itself. We were a bit tired from our first half of our Spain trip so m ost people took a well deserved nap. However, I got a second wind and decided to work on my list of restaurants. I double and triple checked with a couple of books we all gathered together. I studied the maps and neighborhood. I was prepared.
First stop, dinner at Tapas 24. Reservations are not taken but just wait for a table. Beers are offered while you stand and wonderful smells torture you as the time ticks away.

I've forgotten what the Catalan name for the dishes here so please forgive me. Above were chicken wings with a plate of grated tomatoes. The wings though so simple in nature are delicious. Juicy, tender, and full of flavor. The grated tomatoes with olive oil were perfect with some crusty bread.

Next risotto ball. One large baseball sized ball comes to the table with melted cheese and sauce on top.
Slice through it to find a delicious meat filling and creamy risotto inside. Hearty, delicious, meaty, and carbo-licious!
The famous bikini sandwich. Crusts cut off, bread toasted, cheese melted, and savory iberico ham. A good sandwich though overhyped in my opinion. Delicious nonetheless.
Vegetables! Hello white asparagus. Tender, sweet asparagus stalks adorned with flowers and lemon zest. A really welcomed dish after so much eating on this trip so far.
And now what I was definitely waiting for: the mcfoie burger. A beef patty wrapped in a thin bread with black truffle paste and foie butter on the side. I licked that little bowl clean. The burger, though was nothing like an American burger, was just as tasty with flavorful beefiness and toasted bread. Good meat to bread ratio too.
One of the specials of the day involved squid and falafel patties with a side of chicharron. This was really delicious. From the tender squid rings to the hearty chickpea fritters and the super crispy chicharron. A really well thought out dish.
The fried rabbit was surprisingly tasty as well. Tender piece of little rib chops breaded and fried until crispy. The meat had no funky flavor that I'm used to and the side of homemade aioli was quite nice as well.
When I saw this dish on the menu, I had to have it. French fries, runnyy eggs, and foie gras. Wowza! This was very luxurious. Crispy potatoes, rich eggs, and fatty duck liver. I was in heaven.
And sometimes food is best served simply like these shrimp with the head on, grilled a la plancha with salt. These were small which made it hard to peel but the meat was so naturally sweet. The salt brought out the flavor even more so. Really good stuff here.
We realized that we didn't eat much dessert so far. So we decided to a couple to share this time. The olive oil chocolate gelato is a popular one. Sweet, salty, creamy, crunchy, and slick. A strange combination of flavors and textures confused some but was generally enjoyed my most. If you're looking for your traditional dessert, this is not it.
And to round up the meal, the Catalan creme brulee. To our surprise, the sugar topping was hardly caramelized and the custard itself was really runny. I mean soup like. That was really off putting. We wanted custard and this one just didn't set yet.
Overall the meal at Tapas 24 was really good. We left licking our lips and with happy stomachs. We would not hesitate to go back.

Tapas 24
Carrer de la Diputació, 269
08007 Barcelona, Spain
+34 934 88 09 77
http://www.carlesabellan.es/restaurantes-tapas-24/

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