Another day, another meal in paradise. Barcelona was the chilled out portion of our trip with nothing to do but lay by the ocean and eat amazing food.
Today’s agenda involved hanging out around The W Hotel and the small beachside in front of it. If you haven’t been to The W Hotel in Barcelona, it is truly amazing (like most of The W Hotels) and there are a wide range of bars and restaurants for you to try right on the water.
When it came time for us to gorge ourselves on tapas again, we chose Pez Vela about twelve steps on the beach. There are lots of tables outdoors but we chose to seek a bit of refuge from the sun and sat inside, under one of the giant fans.
Being a hotel restaurant, they also have English menus so the boy was relieved I wouldn’t be translating for him. After a morning at La Boqueria Markets were I’d decided I just wanted a pastry and coffee for breakfast, I was staving! A few short minutes later, more beers had arrived and a LOT of tapas had been ordered 🙂
The salad arrived first, looking like a little teepee.
What it actually was was a salad of tomatoes, celery, artichokes and manchon (manchego) cheese. It was super crunchy, fresh and delicious. Being in Spain, just simple olive oil and lemon juice is enough to dress any salad because it’s such good quality and full of such flavour. I will definitely be smuggling olive oil in my bag back home.
Next, grilled asparagus with romanesco sauce.
To be honest, this wasn’t my pick. I just a little funny about asparagus when I know it’s not in season. Blame the years in Britain. It was alright. The char on the asparagus was really yummy but I didn’t really get too much from the asparagus itself. The romanesco sauce also wasn’t my favourite. I like my romanesco really chunky… I like to see the peppers in it and this was a bit more blitzed like a tomato sauce.
But when the next dish arrived – a special of soft shell crabs and padron peppers – I was in heaven.
Lightly batter crab, hot, beautiful and crunchy with the blistered flesh of the peppers. It sounds like an unlikely combination but I would definitely try it if you come across it. It’s more about the crunchy and then the little heat from the peppers.
The dishes started coming thick and fast now.
The octopus with potatoes. It wasn’t my favourite that we had on this trip. The octopus was a little dry and the potatoes were a little hard.
And croquettes. Because… you all know me. These were actually really good. They were made with proper jamon in a googey cheesey sauce. Honestly, what’s not to love?
Pretty soon the table looked like this:
And I was complaining I was both full and I was going to look like a beached whale on the sand. But of course, once we worked our way through this lot, the boy convinced me to get dessert. A little ice cream sandwich for the road.
It was super yummy with coffee ice cream between two caramel wafers and the perfect way to finish off our meal.
To be honest, Pez Vela wasn’t a gastronomic dream but the food was pretty good – particularly for a restaurant on Barceloneta Beach. I would recommend sticking with the fresher, caught today dishes rather than things like the octopus.
But now, back to the beach.
Ground floor of Hotel W, “HotelVela”