La Taverna del Clínic

Address: C/Rosselló 155, Barcelona, 08036, Spain
Telephone: 93 453 60 83

- Mid-range

4.1

Never judge a book by its cover – or a tapas kitchen by its dining room.

A baffling combination of top-class tapas and a determinedly ugly dining room make for a curious dining experience. It’s worth it, though, especially if you go during the day, and/or can get a table on the pavement.

Food and drink
4.7
90%
Service
3.5
90%
Food and drink
4.7
90%
Value for money
3.9
90%
Ambience
3
90%
Location
3.5
90%

Food and drink

The signature dish, loved by everyone but me, is the terribly tricksy take on patatas bravas – hollowed-out cylinders of potato filled with a Marie Rose sauce and topped with chives. Meh. Much better in my view is the duck cannelloni with foie gras; the octopus in an ‘igloo’ of fluffy potato; the creamy morels with foie gras and the ultimate hangover buster – a tiny frying pan of crispy jamón ibérico and a fried egg on a bed of shoestring fries.

Ambience

Let’s not beat around the bush – it’s no looker. The air-con is aggressive, the TV is intrusive, the cheap, modern décor is pretty nasty and the lighting would have you confessing to anything. Still, it’s lively, local and there are a couple of tables on the pavement if you get there early enough.

Service

My waitress was quite insistent that the Penedès (Catalunya’s biggest wine-producing region) was a vineyard in La Rioja, which was quite frustrating when trying to order wine. Again, a chef this good deserves better.

Location

Just between the Hospital Clínic and its metro station.

Price advice

You can spend as much or as little as you like, but to really eat well you’ll probably spend around 30 euros a head, including wine.

Recommended for

  • Families with teenagers
  • No fuss

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