ASIAN RESTAURANTS IN BARCELONA
Since Barcelona has become such an incredibly cosmopolitan city over the last few decades, it´s not uncommon to expect such a large amount of restaurants offering cuisine from all over the world springing up all over the city.
One of the most exotic of course, is the Asian cuisine. Barcelona has undergone a large transformation with many Asian families making the city their new home, especially the Chinese.
CHINESE: The most typical restaurant that you might encounter is usually referred to as the “Wok”, where the price usually varies between 9 – 13 Euros for a buffet where you grab a plate, personally select all the raw seafood, vegetables and meat that you like, and the chef will prepare it in front of you using a wok or flatbed grill. These restaurants typically also have sushi and standard Spanish favorites such as pan con tomate, or even paella.
There are no specific suggestions that we can offer for any exceptionally good Chinese or Wok restaurants, but keep an eye out for one in your neighborhood – they are popping up on every second city block and almost always offer very good value for money, yet still tasty and well prepared.
THAI : One of our personal favorites, is the rich exotic flavor of Thai food. Although ridiculously cheap in Thailand, it is typically a more expensive culinary option in the western world, where the friendly service and tranquil atmosphere of most Thai restaurants inevitably leaves one more than content to treat yourself to not just a meal, but an experience.
Thai Garden Barcelona (Carrer de la Diputació, 273) is a fine example of a perfect place to experience this unique cuisine. With subtle lighting, incense aroma filling the air, bamboo and palm trees as decoration, and relaxing traditional Thai music in the background, one might be tricked into thinking that you have literally been transported to the real Thailand.
Thai Thai is another excellent option is (Carrer de la Diputació, 91). Perfect for the more budget-aware diners, Thai-Thai is a lot smaller and simpler than some of the other Thai places, but this in no way means that the food is any less exceptional. Owned and run by a Thai family, the attention to service and attention is one of the main attributes of Thai Thai.
INDIAN: Even though not technically “Asian”, Indian cuisine has exploded on to the world with its tremendous variety of spices and delicate flavors, and Barcelona has some of the best Indian restaurants that we´ve tried.
Mayura Lounge is our favorite, simply because of the perfect combination of perfectly prepared meals, enchanting ambience and superb service. With an impressive waterfall cascading from the bar, and the special “VIP” section in the back of the restaurant, this place is perfect for a romantic evening, or even an intimate dinner with friends. Offering very mild dishes for both meat-lovers and vegetarians, it caters for every taste and preference. Dishes are served spicy only upon request. Make sure to try their Mojito, one of the best we´ve tried!
Rangoli in Barceloneta is the sister-restaurant of Bembi, both of which offer a very unique Indian dining experience. Although a little more expensive perhaps than some of the other Indian restaurants in Barcelona, they definitely stand out when it comes to service and attention to detail. Speaking perfect English, the waiters will make any newcomer to Barcelona feel welcome and will gladly explain the menu and make suggestions. Being located on the port of Barceloneta, dining outside in the summer means magnificent views of the beach and sea.
Mar Brava is another gem in Barcelona, and is a very simple establishment that at first sight appears to be only a kebab place. Yet, when you enter the restaurant, you will soon discover that Mar Brava is definitely much more than that! With a very extensive, yet extremely well-priced menu, you will definitely clean your plate with their freshly baked naan bread, and come back for more. Situated on 31 Carrer de l’Almirall Cervera, very close to the Barceloneta beach.
Veg World India Another great recent discovery, especially if you are vegetarian, is a place called Veg World India! They have been around for a few years apparently, but we recently discovery this great place. For the full review, have a look at the article here
JAPANESE: Sushi is one of those special culinary delights that you can find in pretty much any major city. In a city such as Barcelona where fresh fish is always readily available, sushi restaurants are multiplying and becoming better and better. Whether you prefer the conveyor-belt style restaurant where you pick the plates you want, or whether you prefer authentic Japanese where the chef prepares your meal before your very eyes, you will never be lost for choice.
MIU (Carrer Valencia 249) is labeled as a Japanese Tavern. Situated in a former underground parking garage, it offers the typical sushi, maki, sashimi and hand-rolls, but also foie makis, banana tempura, and Philadelphia rolls with avocado, salmon and cream cheese. Their daily lunch menu includes a starter, first plate, second plate, desert and drink for less than 11 Euros. Miu is actually part of the famous Andilana Group, who own about 15 restaurants all over Barcelona, including La Rita.
Dao Kaitensushi has two restaurants: One on Passeig do Colon near the old Correos building, and the other on Pau Claris near Plaza Urquinaona. Expect this place to get packed with guests very quickly after opening, since they offer the conveyor-belt buffet with a seemingly endless supply of sushi, roasted duck, sweet-and-sour beef, oysters, lemon chicken, fried (and grilled) prawns, and even chocolate brownies and watermelon! Lunch buffet is usually around 10 Euros including a drink, but a little bit less variety than in the evenings when the buffet is around 14 Euros. You have the possibility to order a la carte, but we would recommend the buffet instead!