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A pizza and a pint of beer for less than £4.60 in Barcelona

31st January 2020
Pizza at Lucania II, Gràcia, barcelona, Bill Sinclair

Barcelona's restaurants and bars offer a wide and wild variety of cuisines and creative dishes. 

Even the most ardent foodie will confess that grazing on tapas and dining in fine restaurants is both wearing on the wallet and bruising on the palate.

When out and about there will come a time when you want something more ordinary… a tasty, light bite.

Well… you could grab a pizza.

And, one of the best places to grab a pizza in Barcelona is Lucania II in Vila de Gràcia.

For around the price of a Bikini (grilled ham and cheese sandwich) you can enjoy a delicious, freshly prepared pizza margarita.

Carn Bier,Espinac,Gorgonzola pizzes, Lucania ii Barcelona

Variety

20 plus variations — including one of my favourites: minced beef cooked in beer with bacon, plus two or three daily specials. 

A printed menu, describing the toppings is available in English. Here's the current (though incomplete) list in català:

Lucania II menu of pizzas, Barcelona2016
Pizza slices, Lucania ii. Gràcia, Barcelona,

Quality

Flavour? We're not talking over-aired, spongy, doughy, cakey bases here…we're tasting crispy, thin, deceptively light, perfectly seared imperfect squares of mediterranean deliciousness.

They've got a real handle on combinations that work. Pere and his team have been preparing and serving pizzas for more than 30 years, and they're still dabbling with new recipes. Pere may even invite you to sample a new combination as you sit at the bar.

Pizza slices at Lucania II, Gràcia, Barcelona

Value

Obvious. The cheapest pizza is 2,60€ — the most expensive is 4,10€.

A pint of Estrella beer is only 2,75€.

Ambience

It is what it is. No pretension whatsoever. No fake-o Italian frippery. No nonsense. No tablecloths. No cutlery — unless you ask.

Only well-made pizzas packed with flavour, two types of olive oil — normal and extra-picante (olive oil spiced with chillies) — and a bar filled with appreciative and friendly customers.

Diners at Lucania II, Gràcia, Barcelona

Service

I don't know how they do it — but as packed and as bustly as it often gets, it's never too noisome, hassly or uncomfortable.  You'll never have to wait long. They've got the preparation and service down to pat.

You could make more of a meal of your visit by ordering a salad and a bottle of wine to accompany your pizzas, and finish off with a dessert and coffee.

In Sum…

I'm really glad this place exists, it's a really good, reliable standby. We visit regularly, often calling in on the way to Cines Verdi to watch a movie. Or, other times I'll call by for lunch, or later during the day when out and about doing errands. We've never been disappointed.

Location

Carrer de Terol, 29-33, Gràcia. Not so very far from Plaça de la Revolució de Setembre de 1868 at the bottom of Carrer Verdi.

Opening Hours:

Monday – Friday: 1pm until 11.30pm.

Saturday: 2pm — 11.30pm

Closed Sunday

LINKS:

Spotted by Locals write-up: HERE


Bon profit!

Tapas

Best Patates Braves — Senyor Vermut in Barcelona

22nd January 2020
INTERIOR Senyor Vermut, Bartcelona, Bill Sinclair

SENYOR VERMUT


You'll find this excellent and inexpensive tapas bar in La Nova Esquerra L'Eixample, on a corner of the intersection of Carrer de Provença and Carrer de Viladomat.

Patates Braves as served at Senyor Vermut

Patates Braves as served at Senyor Vermut

Price 

  • Patates braves — 2,95€.
  • 5 mini croquetes (incl. cheese, mushroom, cod) — 3,80€.
  • Regular size croquettes — 1,30€ each.
  • A slice of tortilla — 3,95€.
  • Pescadito Frito (whitebait) — 3,95€.
  • Mandonguilles amb sepia (meatballs with squid) 5,95€.
Chalkboard at Senyor Vermut, Barcelona

 Choice

Excellent selection of hot and cold plates including all the usual offerings, plus a good list of conservas (canned seafood) and platters of cheese and cold cuts and delicious salads. 

Croquetes i fricandó, Senyor VermutBarcelona

Mini-croquetes i fricandó at Senyor Vermut

  Quality

Very good. Their croquettes are excellent and up there with the very best in the city.

mini croqutes at Senyor Vermut, La Nova Eixample Esequerra, Barcelona

  Service

Very good. Even when very busy you will not have long to wait. Make a note of your place number before settling your bill/check.  

Ambience

Informal and relaxed. The design of the space is modern and light and has a welcoming retroish post-industrial vibe. Never too loud for easy conversation and never too crowded to feel squeezed. There are a few outside tables.

Value

Very good. Worth your time and money if looking for quality tapes in an informal, lively, friendly, chatty atmosphere.

In Sum

Welcoming, friendly place with reliably very good tapes at very reasonable prices.

Location 

In La Nova Esquerra de l'Eixample at Carrer Provença, 85 (the corner of C/Provença with C/Viladomat).

Two blocks from Hospital Clínic and two blocks from Entença metro stations — take your pick.

Opening Hours:

Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday - Wednesday: 6pm - 11pm

Thursday - 12noon - 4pm & 6pm -  11pm

Friday & Saturday - 12noon - 11pm

Sunday -  12noon - 4pm.

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Contacts & Links

Senyor Vermut web links sign Barcelona

Spotted by Locals write-up HERE

MOST RECENT VISIT: January 21st, 2020: Tuna salad; patates braves, 5 x mini-croquettes; 4 x croquettes and 3 beers = 26,10€

Bon Profit!

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Lunch

Lunch at Palermo on Mallorca in Barcelona

11th November 2016

Barcelona's restaurants and bars offer a wide and wild variety of cuisines and creative dishes.

However, grazing on tapas and fine dining is both wearing on the wallet and bruising on the palate. There are times while out and about when you want something more substantial than a snack, something a little more ordinary — more home style than stylish. The kind of food the city’s bar-restaurants excel at.

Salmorejo as served at Palermo, Barcelona

Palermo is another favourite lunch spot. They offer a very good menú diari [menú del día] which regularly features traditional dishes such as codillo al horno (knuckle), estofado de vedella (veal stew) or estofado de ternera (beef stew) and, of course, paella on Thursdays. The menú includes a bottle of vino tinto (red table wine) or beer.

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Snacks

A pizza and a pint of beer in Barcelona for less than $6

28th April 2016
Carn Bier,Espinac,Gorgonzola pizzes, Lucania ii Barcelona

Barcelona’s restaurants and bars offer a wide and wild variety of cuisines and creative dishes.

Even the most ardent foodie will confess that grazing on tapas and dining in fine restaurants is both wearing on the wallet and bruising on the palate.

When out and about there will come a time when you want something more ordinary… a tasty, light bite.

Well… you could grab a pizza.

And, one of the best places to grab a pizza in Barcelona is Lucania II in Vila de Gràcia.

For less than the average price of a Bikini (grilled ham and cheese sandwich) you can enjoy a delicious, freshly prepared pizza margarita.

​Variety

20 plus variations — including one of my favourites: minced beef cooked in beer with bacon, plus two or three daily specials.

​A printed menu, describing the toppings is available in English. Here’s the current (though incomplete) list in català:

Lucania II menu of pizzas, Barcelona2016

​Quality

Flavour? We’re not talking over-aired, spongy, doughy, cakey bases here…we’re tasting crispy, thin, deceptively light, perfectly seared imperfect squares of mediterranean deliciousness.

​They’ve got a real handle on combinations that work. Pere and his team have been preparing and serving pizzas for more than 26 years, and they’re still dabbling with new recipes. Pere may even invite you to sample a new combination as you sit at the bar.

Value

​Obvious. The cheapest pizza is 2,60€ — the most expensive is 4,10€.

A pint of Estrella beer is only 2,75€

Ambience

It is what it is. No pretension whatsoever. No fake-o Italian frippery. No nonsense. No tablecloths. No cutlery — unless you ask.

Only well-made pizzas packed with flavour, two types of olive oil — normal and extra-picante (olive oil spiced with chillies) — and a bar filled with appreciative and friendly customers.

Service​

I don’t know how they do it — but as packed and as bustly as it often gets, it’s never too noisome, hassly or uncomfortable.  You’ll never have to wait long. They’ve got the preparation and service down to pat.

You could make more of a meal of your visit by ordering a salad and a bottle of wine to accompany your pizzas, and finish off with a dessert and coffee.

​In Sum…

I’m really glad this place exists, it’s a really good, reliable standby. We visit regularly, often calling in on the way to Cines Verdi to watch a movie. Or, other times I’ll call by for lunch, or later during the day when out and about doing errands. We’ve never been disappointed.

Location

Carrer de Terol, 29-33, Gràcia. Not so very far from Plaça de la Revolució de Setembre de 1868 at the bottom of Carrer Verdi.

Opening Hours:

Monday – Friday: 1pm until 11.30pm.

Saturday:2pm — 11.30pm

Closed Sunday

LINKS:

Spotted by Locals write-up: HERE

Bon profit!

Snacks

Edible Bikinis in Barcelona

20th August 2015

Barcelona is a culinary capital offering a wide and wild variety of cuisines and creative dishes. However, grazing on tapas and dining in fine restaurants can be both wearing on the wallet and bruising on the palate.

There sometimes comes a time when you just want something more ordinary, a light bite to fill a hole while out and about.

Well, you could try a Bikini.

View of Bikini, Barcelona, Bill Sinclair

Bikini?

Yes, Bikini. When wandering around the city you’ll see the word Bikini scrawled on chalkboards outside snack bars. It’s a very popular snack, probably the most popular snack after the ubiquitous patates braves [patatas bravas in castellano].

A Bikini is a grilled ham and cheese sandwich.

The name, Bikini, is unique to Barcelona and Catalunya. Try ordering a Bikini outside of Catalunya and you’ll prompt incomprehension, a measure of confusion, and perhaps a little argument; in Spain a Bikini is known as a mixto.

History

The sandwich, similar to un croque monsieur in France, is said to have been so christened here, in Barcelona, in 1953.

To check out the history of the Bikini GO HERE

Cropped Bikini, Barcelona Bill Sinclair

Test

There are two food tests for any snack bar in Barcelona — the Braves test and the Bikini test.

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Lunch

The Secret Life of the Menú del Día

30th July 2015

Spain’s most popular lunchtime deal — the menú del día — was invented for the convenience of tourists. Ironically, most tourists are not aware it exists.  

When visiting Spain you’ll save yourself a ton of money, and discover some wonderful food offerings, if you adopt the local custom of eating your main meal of the day between 1.30pm and 4pm and opt for the menú del día. 

La Corrala, Barcelona by Bill Sinclair

Opting for a menú del día will relieve you of the stress of:

a) not knowing what the final bill (check) will be before you sit down;

b) wading through a seemingly endless menu of dishes you may not be familiar with;

c) choosing a wine to accompany your meal.

Another good reason to try a menú del día is that you’ll encounter and rub shoulders with natives, as opposed to other visitors. Rafa Peña, the highly regarded chef at Gresca, says,
“In the evening 70% of our diners are foreigners, at lunchtime almost 90% are Barcelonins.”
On a good day, nothing beats a good, long, chatty menú del día with close friends or family.
Paella served as a first-course as part of a menú del día.

Paella served as a first-course as part of a menú del día.

So, what is a Menú del día?

Most restaurants in Spain, even Michelin-starred establishments, will offer a menú del día — menu of the day — a fixed-price lunch, Monday to Friday.

A menú del día will usually offer a choice of 5 or 6 first-courses, 5 or 6 second-courses, 5 or 6 desserts, wine, water (or beer or soft drink) bread and coffee, for an all-inclusive price of anywhere between 6,50€ and 30plus euros including service and tax.

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General

How to tackle tracklements in Catalunya — or sauces for courses in Barcelona

21st May 2015
Tracklements & sauces in Barcelona

The Norm

Though things are changing, we don’t do ‘cocktail’ sauce and other sweet’n’spicy gloops in Barcelona.

If in a snack bar, or bar-restaurant, and you’ve ordered a burger then your server may bring you tomato ketchup, mayonnaise and mustard automatically. If they don’t, and you want them, ask for them — ketchup [ketch-oop] — mahonesa [my-yon-essa]— mostaza [moh-sta-sa]. Continue Reading…