As much as I love Basque food, this post and the next one are to be dedicated to the fantastic Catalan food experiences I had in Barcelona during Carnival week.
One of the highlights of the week was visiting Quimet i Quimet , a tiny stand-up bar/ restaurant near metro stop Parallel.
Their specialties, aside from their huge collection of wine, are called ‘montaditos’ – little rounds of crusty bread piled high with the best fresh ingredients.
Thinly-sliced salt dried tuna with tomato (mojama con tomate):
Smoked salmon, yogurt and truffled honey (Salmón, yogur y miel trufada):
Torta del Casar cheese with candied chestnut (Torta del Casar con castaña):
Belly of tuna with piquillo peppers (Ventresca con piquillo) :
Prawns with piquillo peppers and caviar (Langostinos con piquillo):
Baby squid with confit onion (Chipirón con cebolla):
They are surprisingly filling and extremely good-value at 2.50 Euros a pop. I particularly love the fact that they are prepared fresh in front of your very eyes… no soggy bread here.
Just as we went to leave the waitress beckoned us to the counter and gave us a teaspoon of the house dessert to try, a thick pastry cream containing ginger. Reinvigorated, we went on our way. Don’t you just love places that go out of their way to give you a little something extra?