Yesterday, Akemi and I visited one of our favorite lunch spots – Bar Raval – after approximately two years. TWO YEARS! Hard to believe.
Their signature latte with a touch of spice.
Among their varied conservas, the scallops are our favorite. Served with a side of chips.
The sobrassada, a raw, cured sausage laced with paprika served pâté style. The flavor was intense – salty, spicy, savory. Delicious.
The jamon croquetas – béchamel fritters studded with ham – were a pleasant surprise. Lightly breaded and not as heavy as I initially assumed.
The fried eggplant and honey is Akemi’s go-to dish here. I love the addition of the fragrant crispy rosemary.
Whipped white bean puree and sautéed chard had a real homestyle feel and flavor, reminiscent of the navy bean soup my grandmother used to make for us.
The squid and pilquillo. Very tasty but, at this point, I was ready to tap out. Akemi is very much Team Squid and ended up polishing it off.
Sadly, the famed basque cheesecake was unavailable on this visit.
Spain is one of our dream destinations (following a long overdue return to Tokyo). I wonder how Suji will enjoy the nightlife?