Hi, I’m Mia! My partner Stephen and I are foodies and our biggest hobby is to go out to eat. Since we came here a little over two years ago we’ve been enjoying the wonderful restaurants of Barcelona and I will write a little piece about one of them each month.
Today I’m recommending La Alcoba Azul.
This tapas bar in the Gothic quarter can be a little challenging to find but it’s well worth it. After navigating the narrow alleyways you come upon this hole-in-the-wall restaurant, easy to walk right past if you don’t pay attention. Stepping inside, you truly feel like you are entering a cave; it’s dimly lit with exposed brick walls and melted candles on the bar. The cozy atmosphere, accompanied with cool jazz music playing in the background takes you back in time and you almost expect to see Ernest Hemingway sitting at the bar.
The food is authentic, simple and delicious and made to share. Some of my favorites are “Baked stuffed red peppers with goat’ cheese and rose jam” and “Baked creamy ‘torta’ cheese with marmalade and small slices of toast”, or try the many different tostas: toasted rye bread with a variety of toppings. All accompanied by a good selection of wine and beer. The staff is friendly and speak good English.
On a warm evening you can enjoy your meal outside on the small, quiet, “secret” plaza.
You can’t book a table so make sure to show up a little early. We usually go at around 7:30 – 8 pm and the wait time is roughly 15-20 minutes. While you wait at the bar, make sure you try their amazingly good sangria!
Mia hosts the BWN’s Lunch Club. Find out more about our activities here.