Bar del Pla

Price guide: Mid-range

C/Montcada 2, Barcelona, 08003

Price guide: Mid-range

Bar del Pla

By Sally Davies, your Barcelona expert

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#17 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Barcelona
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.6
4.6
Ambience:
4.6
4.6
Service:
4.5
4.5
Location:
4.7
4.7
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Seasoned travellers, Nightlife

Expert review of Bar del Pla

One of Barcelona’s lively new breed of neo traditional tapas bars.

After a lengthy renovation before it opened, which gave the vaulted space a classy Parisian look with colourful tiling, a long marble bar and wooden shelving, it has recently undergone a slightly baffling overhaul that has seen the walls plastered with printed A5 sheets emblazoned with the day’s offers. The food is still top notch, however, and a serving hatch to the street and a couple of stools outside is a nice touch.

Food and drink: 

My favourite dish, a pig’s trotter crisply fried in a parcel of filo pastry (so much nicer than it sounds), seems to have disappeared from the menu, but you’ll still find patatas bravas, a good haul of seafood, oxtail, fried egg with sausage, and delicious marinated salmon with a yoghurt and mustard sauce. To drink there are short, sweet and icy-cold glasses of Mahou beer, and a good list of wines.

Ambience: 

This animated and bright bar inevitably pulls in a lot of tourists from the nearby Museu Picasso, but manages to stay popular with locals.

Service: 

It can sometimes be a job to catch someone’s eye, even on apparently slow days, but once you do, the service is fine.

Location: 

Many people seem to struggle to find this one because they don’t realise that C/Montcada (where the Museu Picasso is) continues up beyond C/Princesa.

Price advice: 

Though the prices are not ludicrous, they can rack up over a leisurely lunch (I’ve paid 60-70 euros for two in here, including wine), so don’t go too crazy.

More information on Bar del Pla:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Tapas bar
Food:
Catalan, Spanish, Tapas
Address:
C/Montcada 2, Barcelona, 08003
Telephone:
93 268 30 03
Website:
http://www.elpla.cat
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Tue-Thur, Sun noon-11pm. Fri-Sat noon-midnight. Closed Mondays.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not necessary
Free tags / Keywords:
Quick bites, Wine

Have you been to Bar del Pla? Would you recommended it?