Tapaç24 is the latest ‘project‘ from former El-Bulli chef Carles Abellan (Commerec24) and was no.1 on my list of places to check out in Barcelona.
It’s set in the basement of an old town-house not far from Catalunya and whilst open all day it’s far better to go in the evening when it’s rammed (don’t worry about queuing here, it’s great – we were given plenty of wine, olives & of cheese to help us while away the time)
Our first visit came at the end of an alcohol fuelled first-night-in-Barcelona dash about town and had us practically inhaling McFoie burgers, croquettes, slices of manchego, red wine and way too much pedro ximenez…
Following this rather blurry affair we only thought it right to return a few days later and keep eating our way through the menu
First up was the bikini – iberico ham and soft white cheese with shavings of black truffle – was a great take on a simple cheese & ham toastie
If I was a vegetarian I’d want to eat these everyday – whole leeks griddled on the hot plate and served with a fantastic romesco sauce
next up were the ‘Mexican’ soft tortillas with slow pulled pork and red onions
more of those fiery bombas – not quite up there with La Cova Fumada but great all the same
smashed eggs with chorizo on chips – it really shouldn’t work so well but it does and was easily the most popular thing on the menu (apart from the next thing maybe…)
all hail the McFoie…
the only disappointment were the sticky chilli/ginger chicken wings (not pictured) – they really weren’t that great…
despite a fairly hefty carb-laden meal our waiter insisted that we couldn’t leave without having tried desert and so we opted for the scoops (quenelles if you must) of chocolate mousse with olive oil & sea salt – worked perfectly
this place is brilliant and leaves you with a massive smile on your face; for a relatively low price it offers something a bit different from inventive takes on standard tapas dishes to genius creations such as the Mc Foie – def warrants multiple return visits.
C/ Diputació, 269,08007