The Tatami Room – Tokio a Poble Sec
Seems I alternate between Catalan and Japanese places no? I promise in the future to mix it up some more. This time we wandered over to Poble Sec. We went without our mini-dogs, crappy old bicycles and 1980s film cameras, so we were quite out of hipster style. But we went to check out Tatami Room, a full service Japanese restaurant (not just sushi, but a full menu) right off Avinguda Paral·lel. I get the feeling this place isn’t really known much, kind of a shame since it’s quite worth the visit.
The space is beautiful, with drawings all over the walls, low lighting and Japanese touches everywhere, but not overdone. There’s both European (tables) and Japanese (floor) seating, something unusual in Barcelona. The staff and owners hail from Tokyo and are terrificly nice and give excellent, friendly service. The restaurant is quiet and in the cellar, very subdued and intimate.
We started off with tempura vegetables, and a couple of tuna sashimi, delicious. Then followed by spicy salmon makis and wagyu slices. The Wagyu was “fed white wine, massaged and raised listening to Mozart” and it apparently was because we inhaled it in 4 minutes. Poor cows. All in all what an izakaya should be: good food, simple, fresh and not overpriced. To drink there’s a full selection, we stuck with wine and beer since it was a weeknight, sake would have been painful the next day…
For desert some green tea ice cream and then off into the Barcelona night we went. We’ll be back for more, and soon places outside of Barcelona!
C/Poeta Cabanyes 19, Metro L2, L3 Paral·lel
Open daily 13.30 – 15.30, sunday – thursday 20.00 – 23.30. fridays and saturdays 20.00 – 00.30