De tapes a Sant Antoni: Bar Ramon
I had heard of Bar Ramon from various people but never had the chance to eat there until now. No excuse given that it’s five minutes from my flat, but this oversight has now been happily corrected. I was surprised when I walked in, the place is smaller than I expected and is a temple of rockabilly, blues and jazz memorabilia (I was told that one of the guitars hanging overhead was Bo Diddley’s) which gives it a unique feel in a neighbourhood of unique places itself. Sant Antoni is one of the underrated areas of Barcelona, between hipster meccas like Raval and Poble Sec, but it has many very interesting and great places to wine and dine.
We started off with pebrots de padró, patates braves – the classics of course, and a great sauté of varied mushrooms, all perfectly prepared and in good portions, not too little but not too much. Following was pop a la Gallega, a favorite dish here and all over Spain, and easy to find not prepared well. Fortunately that wasn’t the case here, it was soft and delicious, straight from the pot to our plates. We also had avocado with salmon and raisins stuffed with cheese (sounds crazy but it was delicious) and steak topped with foie, all amazingly tasty. Without a doubt, one of the best tapas places in the city, and I’ve been to a lot. Molt recomenable!
To drink, we had a Verdejo, which is a wine from Castille near Valladolid, and good ol’ Estrella Damm.
The service is among the best, friendly, quick and helpful. Upon finding out that one of our group was vegan the waitress appeared with an eggplant dish made to order. This restaurant is what Barcelona tapas bars are all about: simple, informal, with top quality ingredients and skilled cooks and staff.
Reservations are necessary, since the place is small, but we called just two days in advance and had no problem getting a table.
Carrer de Comte Borrell, 81 Metro: Sant Antoni (L2)
Monday-thursday: 8-12 pm. Friday-saturday: 9 am-4pm; 8 pm-1am.
Sunday and holidays closed.