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Siete Portes – Squid Ink Paella

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Siete Portes was a great paella restaurant near Barceloneta (and relatively famous too!).  I’m not too keen on the tomato-based paella which is so sad and unfortunate, but when you change it up with well executed squid ink, I’ll never stop! The restaurant was pretty straightforward on the up-scale bistro level and a little pricey at 28 Euros, but I will definitely be returning next time.

Siete Portes Paella Squid Ink

It is also relatively close to the Citadel Park if you want a beautiful post-meal stroll! (You’ll need it)

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Barcelona: Tapas 24 and Morisco

Have you ever had that moment where all you want to eat is something very specific from a specific place? An irrational craving for something so simple and perfect?

That is how I often feel for Tapas 24. I hardly get cravings or yearn for something specific, except this restaurant. The food there is perfectly executed in their open kitchen. The dishes are simple but all have a small twist. I’ve had friends complain about the service during busy times, but it’s never been a problem for me with the very friendly and hospitable staff. It is one of the rare places where you smile at your hosts and they smile back!

Dishes come as they are prepared so everything is always hot, and I would say the shrimps and squid (with head attached and ink inside) are always fresh. I was almost at the point where I want to ignorantly skip all other restaurants in Barcelona and just eat at Tapas 24.

Tapas 24 Croquettes

Tapas 24 Croquettes

Tapas 24 Baby Squids

Tapas 24 Baby Squids

Tapas 24 Prawns

Tapas 24 Prawns

Tapas 24 Sweet Potato and Ginger

Tapas 24 Sweet Potato and Ginger

My first night here, Tapas 24 wasn’t open so I went to try Morisco. The seafood is laid out in front as if you are at a fish market and after your selections they weigh everything, place it on a pan, and send it off to the kitchen. In the end it really felt gimmicky, considering the prawns were not really fresh, and the paella was subpar. Fun yes, excellent no. Service was great, but I don’t recommend going for the food.

Baby Squids at MoriscCo

MoriscCo Baby Squids

MoriscCo Prawns

MoriscCo Prawns

 

MoriscCo Paella

MoriscCo Paella