Pintxos is a favorite snack to beer, cider or wine in northern Spain. These works of art, something between a sandwich and canapés. These small masterpieces of gastronomy prepared with dozens of ingredients, they are diverse, unusual and very tasty.
Homeland pintxos is the city of San Sebastian in northern Spain. In the major cities of the Basque Country, Vitoria and Bilbao for example, regularly organize competitions for the best pintxos. The word "pintxos" is derived from the Spanish "skewer", as for bonding of all layers of mini-dishes using wooden skewers. Classic pintxos is the foundation of baguette slices with various kinds of appetizers on it. Traditionally used for the top layer of fish and seafood, potato tortilla, jamon and croquettes, but at the present time, any combination is possible.
The most common dishes pintxos are located directly on the bar. In most institutions made their own to take them out, but do not throw yourself skewers, when you pay the waiter said their number is on your plate.
1) Taktika Berri
Barcelona gourmets believe that in this restaurant serves the most delicious pintxos city. There are always sold out, so book your table in advance. Besides the wonderful pintxos with fresh ingredients in Berry tactics you can enjoy other authentic Basque cuisine such as beef steak, which is entirely to eat difficult, so it is best to order one for two, scrambled eggs with cod and signature dish places fish hake «tronco de merluza» followed by regular visitors here come.
It is advisable to book pintxos or cider bottle of white wine young Txacoli, which is produced in the Basque country and is famous for its fresh and slightly fruity taste. Value for money excellent, average expense per person of about 30 €.
Address: Carrer de Valencia, 169, Diagonal метро или University. Open from Monday to Friday 13-00 to 16-00, in the evening from 20-30 to 23-00. On Saturday 13-00 to 16-00.
A stone's throw from the Ramblas and the Liceu opera is this Basque restaurant with a long bar, which adorn the mountain of different pintxos. They serve daily about 80 different types of pintxos. Prices a little above average, but it's worth it, using high-quality ingredients in Irati and seasonal products. If you are very tired, it's not the best place, because at the bar drinking wine and eating pintxos standing. At the back of the room there are tables for those who came to dinner. If you decide to go with a more serious pintxos dishes, sit down and ask the main menu. Try the beef steak, cod, sea bass ravioli and dishes with mushrooms.
Be prepared to be mostly among tourists, due to the location of this restaurant can not be avoided.
Address: Carrer del Cardenal Casañas, 17, Liceu. The bar counter with pintxos is open every day from 11 a.m. to 00-30, Kitchen open from 13-00 to 16-00, in the evening from 19-00 to midnight.
Authentic Basque restaurant in Borne, where you can enjoy a variety of hot and cold pintxos. Affordable prices and very friendly staff. All meals and snacks are delicious and fresh. Waiters are periodically carried out of the kitchen with trays of hot, freshly cooked pintxos, do not deny yourself the pleasure to taste them. There pintxos prepared with marinated chicken, duck magret, shrimp, fish and squid. Cost of one of pintxos 1,5 to 2,5 €.
Address: Of. Marqués de Argentera, 19, метро Barceloneta. Every day from 13-30 to 16-00, in the evening from 19-30 to 23-30.
4) Basque house
A stone's throw from the Picasso Museum operates Basque tavern Euskal Etxea, where you can look at the delicious cold or hot pintxos wine. Variants with jamon, chorizo sausage, anchovies, cheese, provolone and mango. The most unusual combinations, amaze. There are a lot of vegetarian pinchos, such as mushrooms or pickled peppers. Do not forget to keep the skewers on a plate, they know the number of the waiter as you pay. The cost of pintxos 2 €. At the back of the room there are tables where you can dine close by ordering other Basque cuisine.
Address: Square Moncada, 1, метро или Jaume I Barceloneta. Stand with pintxos is open every day from 10 a.m. to 00-30. The restaurant is open from 13-00.
Tavern Maitea - a real teleporter in the Basque Country. From the diversity scatter eyes pintxos, they are prepared with special trembling, picking seasonal products and constantly changing range. The restaurant boasts a hundred different variants of pintxos, each of which is worth € 1.65. Here are some examples of small masterpieces taverns Mayte: pintxos with smoked salmon and crab, pintxos with a delicate goat cheese, jamon and berries, dried sausage with pintxos "chistorra" and quail egg, pinchos with peppers stuffed with tuna. Drinks, beer, cider or white wine Chakoli. Also here you can taste the pintxos hot dishes of meat, fish or seafood according to traditional recipes of the north of Spain.
Address: Carrer Casanova 157, метро Diagonal или Hospital Clinic. The restaurant is open from Monday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 00-00.
6) Bay of Biscay
Taking a walk around the block Bourne, certainly have a look at the restaurant on the Golfo de Bizkaia Chakoli glass of wine and a couple of some delicious pintxos without excess oil and mayonnaise, each of which is worth 1,95 €. Fresh ingredients, a wide selection of wines, beautiful interior and very friendly staff. If you like Rose wine, try Pagos de Aráiz grape Garnacha. Recommended pintxos with sardines or sausage "chistorra". Try to stay near one of the drums at the entrance, where so nice to watch the passers-by. At the peak of the tourist crowd here, come better in the least popular time.
Address: Carrer Vidrieria, 12, метро или Jaume I Barceloneta. Every day from 10 a.m. until midnight.
7) Taverna Blai Tonight
If you're looking for, where a meal for little money, a tavern Blai Tonight you exactly appreciate. This place is famous for its pintxos at the price of € 1 per share. The quality of them is quite acceptable, for example, for pintxos with jamon here use one of the best varieties of ham, and other variations in the course are fresh anchovies and potato omelets homemade. Many different pintxos with sausage, mushrooms, cheese, fish, etc.. Of course, these prices accumulates a huge amount of visitors. So get ready to taste pintxos per euro in pretty close company. Better to come on a weekday, on Friday and Saturday evenings there is not overcrowded.
Address: Carrer de Blai, 23-25, метро Parallel. From Monday to Friday 20-00 to 00-30, on Saturdays and Sundays 12-30 until the morning.