If you like ceviche, you’ll love esqueixada.
Catalonia’s answer to the popular Latin American fish dish is a must-try for anyone visiting Barcelona. Made with salt cod, peppers, onions, tomatoes, olives and vinegar, there’s nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day. Sound good? Here’s where you’ll find some of the best esqueixada in Barcelona!
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El Pebrot i el Petit Cargol
As the restaurant’s Catalan name implies, locals love El Pebrot i el Petit Cargol for one thing above all: their snails! However, their excellent esqueixada comes in a close second. Beautifully arranged on the plate, the dish exemplifies the care and attention to detail that goes into it. They use cod with just the perfect amount of salt; fresh, grated tomato, and balsamic vinegar to give it a unique touch.
Address: Carrer d’Alcolea, 18
Taverna el Glop
A rustic classic in Gracia, Taverna el Glop will transport you to the old-world Catalan countryside. Here, they focus on returning to the simple roots of Catalan cuisine: ingredients fresh from the farm and sea, masterfully combined into unforgettable dishes. You’ll feel as if you’ve been transported far from the busy city as you chow down on traditional fare, including some of the best esqueixada in Barcelona. They take care to use only the highest quality bacalao (cod), so you can be sure you’re eating the best of the best.
Address: Carrer de Sant Lluís, 24
La Vinateria del Call
Tucked away in the Gothic Quarter, this unassuming little restaurant may not look like much from the outside. However, beyond its doors, La Vinateria del Call holds a wonderland of fabulous Catalan cuisine. They source everything from local producers as much as possible, including the ingredients that make up some of the best esqueixada in Barcelona. Another claim to fame: they are supposedly the oldest wine bar in Barcelona, so be sure to order a glass from their excellent menu, which places a heavy focus on local wines from Catalonia.
Address: Carrer de Sant Domènec del Call, 9
In the mood for an especially unforgettable meal at a timeless tapas bar? Head to Cal Pep, home to an eccentric and authentic atmosphere and some of the best esqueixada in Barcelona. The classic salad, along with their other Catalan and Mediterranean dishes, beautifully embrace both tradition and modernity. The food is a testament to the bar’s legacy in Barcelona: a time-honored favorite that has kept up with contemporary life without losing its identity.
Address: Plaça de les Olles, 8
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