Quimet & Quimet
May 11, 2018
This fabulous little tapas bar with the bottle-lined walls is one of the best in Barcelona, and is especially good for cheese-fiends. This atmospheric tavern in the Poble Sec sector is run by the fifth generation of the Quimet family and boasts an amply stocked wine cellar (much of which is right there on display). The place is ideal for dropping in to sample some excellent cheeses washed down with a glass of something special. The other dishes on offer aren’t half bad either; try the seafood platter if you want a taster, or the montaditos (particularly the shrimp), and the foie gras on crackers comes recommended. It’s a tiny, standing room only space, and understandably gets extremely busy, though the service never seems to falter and no one goes away disappointed. It helps that the clientele tend to be friendly and accommodating, so you never feel like you’re rammed in. The menu is in Spanish, so if your linguistic skills are patchy expect to do a lot of pointing, but there’s nothing bad on the menu so whatever you end up with you’re sure to like. It’s also priced for locals rather than tourists all too often with tapas bars it’s easy to spend a fortune on lots of little dishes and still end up hungry, but that’s never the case here. Lots of tourists come to tick it off the list and find themselves returning for second helpings during their stay it’s a place that exerts that kind of pull. It’s not going to please anyone who wants a relaxed, stylish meal in chic surrounds, but for an authentic tapas experience, there are few places that can even come close.