Cèntric Raval - Tapas love forever!
Tapas (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈtapas]) are a wide variety of appetizers, or snacks, in Spanish cuisine. They may be cold (such as mixed olives and cheese) or hot (such as chopitos, which are battered, fried baby squid). In select bars in Spain, tapas have evolved into an entire, sophisticated cuisine. In Spain, patrons of tapas can order many different tapas and combine them to make a full meal. In some Central American countries, such snacks are known as bocas. In Mexico, similar dishes are called botanas.
Intresting fact: the original tapas were thin slices of bread or meat which sherry drinkers in Andalusian taverns used to cover their glasses between sips. This was a practical measure meant to prevent fruit flies from hovering over the sweet sherry. The meat used to cover the sherry was normally ham or chorizo, which are both very salty and activate thirst. Because of this, bartenders and restaurant owners created a variety of snacks to serve with sherry, thus increasing their alcohol sales. The tapas eventually became as important as the sherry.
Tapas are a small portion of any kind of Spanish cuisine. Perfect for me, I'm a sample lover.
So tapas are a must while spending some days in Spain! It's just sometimes hard to find the perfect location to enjoy them, since there's just one tapas bar after the other. Lucky us - we did find the very perfect spot in Barcelona!
My husband and I enjoyed breakfast, then went for longer walks and shopping. Somewhen in the afternoon we felt a little hungry, so we did it just right and had some tapas. We stumbled upon the Cèntric Raval (nope, I did not google it before). My husband got convinced when he read the word "calamari" on the menu outside of the bar. We entered, we ordered and we enjoyed to the fullest! And since it was just perfect, we came back the other day.
The Cèntric Raval is actually just 10 minutes alway from the bustling "Las Ramblas" - which I don't like at all. The bar is a whole in the wall. And actually I don't want to tell you where it is ;) But I'm generous and don't want to withhold it from you.
What I liked the most about it? It's an authentic place. Many locals were sitting inside and enjoying a drink and some bites. It's tiny and neat.
Staff was welcoming, quick and friendly. Decent price range, great food!
The hummus was simply amazing, the olives were giant, the orange juice was super fresh and my husband got addicted to the squid prepared the traditional Spanish way. see you next time!