Pez Vela (The Sailfish) is worth a visit for its location alone. Nestled among greenery and vines at the bottom of the dramatic W Hotel, tables look out over the vast San Sebastia beach of Barceloneta, where we watched paddle boarders, kids jumping off the rocks into the ocean, and even a yoga class on surf boards from our sea side table - rather them than me! It’s situation felt like a welcome contrast to the vibrant bustle of the city.
Pez Vela classes itself as a ‘chiringuito’ (beach bar) so the vibe was simple and relaxed. Specialising in rice dishes, we were recommended it as the best place for paella by Soho House. We ordered the Chiringuito Menu which represented really excellent value. For 35 euros each we enjoyed pan con tomate (can’t really go wrong there) and an average salad, alongside our rich paella for two with hunks of squid, juicy prawns and fresh clams. It also included a delicious wine, dessert - nougat ice cream - and coffee.
Reservations are essential. By the time we finished and the sun had set there was a queue down the street for a table.