The dinner that we had at Llamber was the best food that I’ve eaten in Barcelona.

Having demolished one too many portions of patatas bravas and spanish omelette at the infinite (excellent) tapas bars dotted on every street corner, Llamber provided the perfect antidote. They offer refined plates that resemble our beloved tapas favourites, so as not to feel we were missing out on the authentic Barcelona experience, in a sleek, cool (both literally - air con, a dream; and figuratively - beautiful waiters) urban space in El Born district. 


Everything on the menu that we tried was truly delicious, but the stand outs were the Teriyaki tuna with arugula pesto and pine nuts emulsion, and the Octopus gratin with Gamoneu D'onao cheese and potato cream. Just recalling them now makes me agitated that I am a 2 hours’ flight away from enjoying them again. 


El Born, by the way, was a revelation. An area I’d previously not explored, it has a palpably cool and arty feel about it which, when mixed with its medieval aristocratic past made it the kind of location we fantasised about relocating to.

Pair your dinner with a visit to the Museu Picasso up the road for the most enriching afternoon. 

Book ahead.