Wednesday, May 28, 2014

My Trip to Barcelona, Spain (Day 8): La Boqueria - Kiosko Universal

If you're looking for a bite to eat within La Boqueria, then there are a few places worth visiting. Although I missed a place on the outside of the market serving platters of cooked seafood that's to be eaten with your hands. That's my kind of place. Anyway, back on track. Most of the places within the market are bar stools only. It's first come, first served so be ready to hover and pounce if you get a chance. If you're feeling a bit adventurous, bounce around the different stalls for a bit of food at each. If you would rather sit and relax, plop yourself down and relax.
If you get there early enough before regular Spaniards eat, then you may easily find seats like we did at Kiosko Universal. This place takes the daily local market good and cooks them to order. How much more fresh can you get? I read somewhere that Kiosko is known for their seafood so we centered on that.

But first, some fried pimento peppers. We saw he guys grab a couple handful then a quick fry in the deep fat fryer. The skin became blistered while the pepper was sweet. A good sprinkle of flaky sea salt is the perfect seasoning.
Don't be afraid to be adventurous. Here are some sardines that were seared until browned. A light parsley oil garnished the fish. They were meaty, sweet, and tender. Really underrated fish.
And finally, langostines that were also seared until cooked through. The simple parsley oil seemed to be the garnish of choice. Super sweet, tender meat. Don't forget to suck on the heads. Lots of juice and flavor in there.
Of all the places we tried at La Boqueria, this was my favorite. If I had more time, I would have sat for a whole meal. But we had a plan and off we went to our next destination.

Kiosko Universal
La Boqueria
Rambla, 91, 08002
Barcelona, Spain
+34 933 18 25 84

1 comment:

  1. Mmm, that looks really good. I say this now while in air conditioning but this makes me really want to go home and cook/make parsley oil. Of course if I step foot outside I'm going to be like "eff this I'm going to lay down"


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