After a busy day sightseeing on Montjuïc Hill – while hiking back down in search of reasonably priced tapas – we decided to try something in the El Poble-Sec neighborhood where we came across
El Rinçon del Cava – though we normally don’t eat at places that advertise their menu with photos on the wall, we decided to try this place because the customers appeared to be locals. We enjoyed surprisingly good, generously portioned home-style tapas at very affordable prices.
From the ‘photo’ menu we selected pimientos de Padrón(a staple, it seems, at most tapas joints in the city, these are small green peppers lightly pan fried),
patatas fritas (standard fried potatoes served with sauce),
and an order of albóndigas (meatballs served with peas and carrots with a nice gravy and bread for dipping).
Having not reviewed the wine list or drinks menu, we decided to ‘splurge’ on a couple of glasses of the house specialty, cava. When it came time to settle the bill, we were pleasantly surprised to find the total came to just over 10€ and the cava was only 86 euro cents per glass. We’re still kicking ourselves for not ordering a bottle! Don’t be put off by the decor and don’t be surprised if one of the staff takes your pic to post on their facebook page. El Rincon del Cava is a good place that won’t bust your budget. They’re located at Carrer de Blasco de Garay, 53.
Making our way to Plaça d’Espanya to see the Magic Fountain, we came across
Casa de Tapes Cañota – a flashier and larger chain restaurant specializing in a variety of nice, beautifully prepared and presented tapas dishes.
We enjoyed several items from the menu, including cod fish and Iberian ham croquettes,
Galician-style patatas bravas (baked not fried),
and Zorza de lugo (deconstructed chorizo topped with fried egg and shoestring potatoes; like a full breakfast in a bowl!) Casa de Tapes is located just around the corner from Plaça d’Espanya and the Magic Fountain at Carrer de Lleida, 7.