Saturday night was my first time trying Tapas, and it will certainly not be the last. Located in New Haven, CT near many of the bars and situated right next to a hotel is Barcelona. You will certainly miss it as I did at first, as there is no sign, just two wood doors.
Upon entering I realized I had made a rookie mistake by not calling ahead to make a reservation. We were directed to the bar to have a “glass or two of wine” which worked out perfectly as shortly after some seats opened up at the bar.
The bar had an open structure allowing you to see the kitchen right behind it, which I loved.
Narrowing down the selections from the menu was entirely too difficult. We ended up trying four dishes; crispy calamari with a smoked spicy pepper aioli, beef empanadas with smoky pepper sauce, chicken empanadas with an avocado puree, and potatoes with a spicy tomato sauce with a drizzled herb aioli. To finish we had crepas salguero, which were two crepes filled with vanilla and dulce de leche ice cream with a chocolate sauce on top.
I admit, I am a self-proclaimed “foodie”, and this food was so amazing. I had never had calamari that big and had only had it served with the traditional marinara sauce, so I was apprehensive at first that it would not be to my liking, but in fact it was the opposite; it was my first taste of Barcelona and I was in love.
I went to Barcelona with absolutely no expectations, and I was beyond impressed with everything. I am already planning to go back and try the steak paillard, the lamb meatballs, and the roasted garlic bulbs
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