Bar del Pla

Address: C/Montcada 2, Barcelona, 08003, Spain
Telephone: 93 268 30 03

- Mid-range

4.4

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
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Service
4.5
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Food and drink
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Value for money
4
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Ambience
4.6
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Location
4.7
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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.

Recommended for

  • Seasoned travellers
  • Nightlife

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