La Vinateria del Call
This delightful traditional restaurant specialises in authentic tapas dishes, and offers a huge selection of 160 Spanish wines, suggesting suitable matches for each dish and dessert.  Since being introduced to the restaurant, tucked away in the Jewish Quarter near Plaça de Sant Jaume, I have eaten there around 10 times, and is consistently my top choice to take my guests.

The portions are generous, so I would recommend it for a group of 3 or 4 at least, so you can try more dishes on the menu, although it is a dimly lit and has a romantic feel for couples too.

There is a wide selection of cured meats, cheeses, and traditional tapas (no patatas bravas here!).  My personal favourites are the Galician Octopus, liberally doused with paprika and sprinkled with sea salt; Black Pudding; and the cheese selection, all accompanied of course with pan con tomate (toasted bread with tomato).  Chorizo in hot cider is also a good choice, along with Tigres (stuffed mussels), and the meat selection looks huge, although I haven’t tried it myself.

The most important thing is to remember when ordering is to leave space for dessert, which is quite frankly essential.  The Chocolate Fondant is to die for, although a comparatively small portion and could do with a scoop of ice cream to combine with the gooey chocolate centre, it is the best chocolate fondant I have ever tasted.   The other desserts I have sampled are equally good, including fig ice cream paired with a sweet muscatel wine, and a beautiful cheesecake.

The staff are usually attentive, and certainly hard working, so service tends to be quite quick, although you may wait a while for your bill at the end – as is the Spanish custom to let you relax after a meal.  The menu is available in various languages too, and it does get busy, especially at weekends.  The only down side to this amazing place is that other guides and reviewers have found it too, so depending on the time you eat you may find yourself among a surprising number of tourists.  I suggest arriving just before 9pm during the week to snaffle a table, or call in advance to reserve.  Although later diners will inevitably have to wait for a table the Catalan chatter around you makes the experience seem even more authentic, as it is well frequented by locals too.

All in all a fabulous place and I whole heartedly recommend!

The Details:
Sant Domènec del Call 9
08002 Barcelona
Tel: +34 933 026 092

Currently open every evening from 7.30pm – 1am but be sure to check the website for up to date information.

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