Before coming to Barcelona, it is very important to check prices. Given that Barcelona is Spain’s second largest city, food prices are not everywhere the same, and they depend on many factors, especially on location. In more expensive restaurants, a meal for two costs between 20 and 40 euros. On the other hand, in more reasonably priced restaurants, a meal for two costs between 11 and 28 euros. Catalan and Spanish restaurants are predominant in Barcelona. Of course, there are many fast food restaurants as well.
Popular local specialties you must try:
Tapas - an appetizer or snack in Spanish cuisine. Tapas may be cold (such as mixed olives and cheese) or hot (such as chopitos, which are battered, fried baby squid). In some bars and restaurants in Spain and across the globe, tapas have evolved into a more sophisticated cuisine. It can be combined to make a full meal.
Paella - a rice dish originally from Valencia. While it is commonly viewed by non-Spaniards as Spain's national dish, Spaniards almost unanimously consider it to be a dish from the Valencian region.
Truita de patates (a type of omelette with potatoes). It is prepared by frying peeled potatoes in olive oil and cut them into pieces or slices, you may also add chopped onion and a little bit of garlic. Whisk the eggs in a separate bowl. Then, add drained vegetables, mix it and cook slowly in a pan from both sides. The proportion of potatoes to eggs is determined by you, and it may vary slightly depending on taste and surface, but it is usually about half a kilo of potatoes or four large potatoes for every half dozen eggs. Potato omelettes may be more or less thick, depending on your preference. In addition to that, there are two variants – with or without onion.
Aioli (a type of sauce) – it is made of garlic, salt, olive oil, and often egg, and found in the cuisines of the northwest Mediterranean, from Andalusia to Calabria. The names mean "garlic and oil" in Catalan and Provencal. It is found in the cuisines of the Mediterranean coasts of Spain (Catalonia, the Valencian Community, the Balearic Islands, Murcia and eastern Andalusia), France (Provence) and Italy.
Escalivada (a salad with tomatoes, paprika, eggplant, onion, salt, olive oil and vinegar). Escalivada, also sometimes transcribed in Spanish as escalibada, is a traditional dish from Catalonia, Valencia, Murcia and Aragón of smoky grilled vegetables. It typically consists of roasted eggplant and bell peppers with olive oil and sometimes onion, tomato, minced garlic, and salt.
Pernil Iberic (Iberian ham) – there is not much to say expect that you must try this dish. Of course, there are many types and different manufacturers, but we still have not encountered one that we did not like.
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