Thursday, October 24, 2013

El Quim de la Boqueria

 Being in Barcelona for the first time, and also a super short trip, I would definitely want to eat something local which is above average in quality. Barcelona is certainly not the place for Tapas, where Catalan food is much more famous (and why am I going for Tapas? I don't know. I just felt like it). However, it is not difficult to find Tapas bar around. I've done my research and according to netizens, El Quim seems to be one of the popular ones in the famous Barcelona Market in the Las Ramblas area. To avoid human traffic, be there before 11am.

 There are way too many selections in the menu, so spoilt with choices. The mussels caught my attention - mussels with white wine and garlic. The gravy was soooo, finger lickin' good! The entire dish was just so juicy and sweet... 

Portion of omelette. It was great but not extremely fantastic. It is a little too salty. I've prepared omelette myself at home, to be able to prepare such salty omelette would definitely require at least 2 teaspoons of salt!!

Chorizo sandwich with additional cheese. It was great when it first came - hot and crusty bread. So crusty that the first bite created a whole new level of mess. In terms of taste? I think the portion of chorizo is not quite generous. Either that or it should have gone with a smaller portion of sandwich.. I could barely feel the existence of the chorizo! I'm sorry if you're thinking something else...

Omg their homemade croquettes are TO D I E FOR! I've never had such yummy croquettes since the last time I've had back in Japanese Cafe Restaurant J, Melbourne! I'm sorry there are no pictures there but their potato croquettes are SUPER good! Anyway, back to the topic, I have no clue what are these made of. I felt I was eating really hot cheese, the filling is very soft and the texture is rather thick like hot cheese. It is SO good you have to try!!

Apart from that I would actually love to try the famous ham (which I did not order since it was a bit too early in the morning for ham. I just don't enjoy eating ham early in the morning!). I saw people ordering baby squid, which I regretted for not ordering it. 

Regardless, I've had a super good early lunch!! Definitely worth a shot.. This little tapas bar is located right inside the market. It's not difficult to find - just walk till you spot it! (Hint: Spot the crowd!) However, they shut pretty early. I was there at about 7pm and they were already preparing to close. 

El Quim de la Boqueria
Mercat de la Boqueria
La Rambla 91,
08002 Barcelona
Spain
+34 93 301 98 10

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