Mountains and a sea, beautiful history and buildings, all make Barcelona amongst one of the most popular destinations to visit in the continent of Europe.
How to reach: You can fly down to Barcelona with layovers in Moscow, Istanbul or even Abu Dhabi.
Best time to visit: May to June, however, that’s subjective to the sights and activities that you’re looking to cover.
When in Barcelona, you’re going to be blessed with some delicious cuisine but if after tasting a fair share you find yourself longing for some Indian food or even better options for vegetarians, then here are some recommendations for you:
Moti Mahal has become quite the loved food chain for North Indian food across India. And while it has opened up in multiple international locations as well, this one is not one of their franchises. But don’t worry, the name Moti Mahal should still get you excited in a busy and active street like El Raval in Barcelona. The street is also known for being home to multiple cultures, thus, treating you to Indian aromas in a land faraway from home. They are best known for their tandoori specialities, so, make sure to try those! The restaurant is a popular one and even caters to shoots to big fat Indian weddings. You know, just in case you’re planning something a little fancy! ?
Surya Pau Claris
Surya Pau Claris is one of those places where you get to traditional elements fusing with modern ones. With a typical truck that you would expect on Indian highways adorned with bright paint, the place caters to giving a quirky Indian ambience within the restaurant. They pride themselves for their quick and impeccable service. They offer a great choice of dals within their Indian menu, so, instead of breaking bread, break a roti ka tukda and slurp on some good old curries that take you back home. Enjoy their vibrant atmosphere, their ambience and most of all their food. This one can be visited with families and friends both for a casual night.
The prettily done up Mayura with its pretty inviting food can be found in the heart of the city itself. The restaurant has been decked up to make sure that it lifts your spirits simply upon entering it. But that’s not the end of it. Their windows allow you to look out at the view of the city living its vibrant life right outside. So, one minute you are in India, the other in Barcelona! The menu will have your mouth watering as you read familiar names such as Madras chicken, mutton korma, dahi kebab, kheema aloo, etc. Time for food, food and some more foooood. What are you in the mood for?
This restaurant serves both Spanish as well as Mughalai cuisines. This one is a pure delight for meat lovers who will be spoilt for choice from an array of chicken and mutton dishes. Their chicken curry, mutton korma, mutton rogan josh, chicken tandoori, etc. are amongst the popular ones. In addition to that there is more good news! What? Well, how about kebabs? They have a lot of kebabs available and they generally make their way to their special’s menu as well. Ask for the chutney to add up the spice and tang that you’ve been missing out on! Have a mouthful of delicious food and give yourself a Mughal style feast while sitting in Europe.
Papdam brings to the architecturally rich streets of Barcelona, the gastronomically rich tastes all the way from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. So, if you’re looking for that Asian taste during your trip, you can surely head on over to this one. Often while travelling vegetarians find very limited options. Or while they find options they don’t find as many varieties of dishes. All this gets taken care of as you enter a restaurant serving cuisine from all the way back in India. That’s what Papadam does for you. It is a family run restaurant known best for its hara kebab, pakoda, dals and wide selection of biryanis as well!
Did anyone else sing the Himesh Reshamiya song? Tandoori Nights? No? Just me? Oooops. Well, moving on then! Hah. Tandoori Nights in Barcelona is a simple restaurant. It is unlike the adorned cafes and bistros, but instead a slice of simple and layback in the middle of the streets of a vibrant city like Barcelona. More than their tandoori items itself, which the name makes you think of immediately, it is their simpler everyday items that are more popular. Dals, curries and sabzis topped off with lassis. So, on days when you feel that twinge of guilt for hogging on too much junk (been there, done that!), if you find yourself in the need of some simple, light yet satiating food then have a bite here.
Are we really Indians on an international trip if we don’t complain about the food being a tad bit plain or bland? ? Hah. Okay, we do not always do that but I think at some point or the other, we’ve always been there! So, when you are craving for that dash of spiciness to wake up your sense of taste, for inhaling a blend of spices in the air itself and for letting your mouth chomp away on some much-needed piquancy, well, then on those days there is a restaurant named Bombay Spicy. Vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike find many options here, for a taste of desi khaana when you are in videsh. Ah okay, that can be done without my punny jokes! The point is if good old home food is what your stomach is yearning for, then walk away to this one, my friend.
May the foodie in you eat it all, from the local cuisine to the Indian food and what not. Happy hogging!
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