They say the best way to experience the food and culture of a city is to have a meal in the home of a local. I see Anthony Bourdain doing it all the time. Unfortunately, one doesn’t always have the connections to just in any random stranger’s home. I’d say the next best option is to dine out with a local. Lucky for us, The Annoyer’s cousin and his family call Barcelona their home. They treated us to a great Spanish meal here.
Foie Shavings maldon salt, balsamic vinegar
It looked pretty unassuming and borderline unappetizing. It could have passed for cat food don’t you think?? Looks can be downright deceiving. This was a bit of heaven shaved onto a plate. It was rich, smooth, savory. It was perfect. YUMS!
Toasted Bread with Tomato
Wild Asparagus romesco sauce
Much appreciated vegetables.
Aubergine goat cheese, honey
I was a bit suspect of this when it arrived but it was a wonderful combination of ingredients I never imagined could go so well together. The sweet honey was complemented well by the tangy goat cheese. The eggplant were almost as thin as chips but still retained that creamy soft texture that I love in eggplants. Great dish!
Sautéed Mushrooms iberian ham, quail egg
Great deep umami flavors from the ham and mushrooms.
I love all forms of meatballs and sausages. These were pretty simple but I enjoyed them.
Foie & Truffle Canneloni
Whoa! Knocked it out of the park with this one! Bomb dot com!
Bluefin Tuna Tartare avocado
Straight forward, nothing too memorable.
Octopus paprika, potatoes
There was nothing NOT Spanish going on here.
I was pretty stuffed and could barely enjoy the giant perfectly medium rare steak in front of us. Like all beef throughout Europe, the flavor was unmistakably cow but lacking all the tenderness of its American counterpart.
This helped me feel a tad bit healthier after all that meat and foie.
Housemade Ice Cream
This was really just soft serve. It came with all the fixin’s. A simple finish to a great meal!
Cachitos Diagonal delivered a solid Spanish meal. The canneloni, eggplant, and foie shavings were the highlights. The menu is quite extensive, so I’m certain there were other treasures we did not have the chance to discover. The ambiance was lively and, in true Spanish fashion, didn’t ramp up until 9-10pm. It’s still so hard for me to believe how late people eat. Our last meal in Barcelona left us more than satisfied with our time in this wonderful Spanish city.
10 – You NEED to eat here
9 – Awesome
8 – Very good
7 – Good
6 – OK
5 – Average
4 – Not bad
3 – Not good
2 – Terrible
1 – Do NOT eat here