After a heavy breakfast at the hotel, we decided to stroll along the tree-lined La Rambla to digest!
We walked all the way down to the harbour and by the time we walked back up, we were hungry! Located right off La Rambla is the Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, a public market.
There are stalls selling vegetables, fruits, meat, seafood etc.. and even tapas bars! The 2 most famous tapas bars in La Boqueria is Pinotxo Bar (which is closed in August) and El Quim.
We decided to lunch at El Quim and with the lunch rush and the less than 20 seats, we had to wait a while..
grilled prawns….these were gigantic!!!!!! The freshness of the prawns was brought out with just a hint of salt! So delicious!
grilled octopus.. again, this was so fresh!
2 fried eggs topped with baby squid…this is one of the signature dish at El Quim. The baby squids, fried in their own ink, along with the semi-runny egg yolk makes each spoonful such a delight! This is the best `breakfast`dish ever!
potato bravas… so yummy that we ordered another plate!
We liked the food so much that on our last morning in Barcelona we also went to El Quim! We got there at 8am for breakfast but they told us to come back at 8:30 since the kitchen wasn’t ready yet. The chef above is owner Quim making the Spanish omelettes!
potato omelette…all the other potato omelettes we ate were made before-hand but since we got here just as it opened, we got to taste freshly cooked tortilla! This tortilla was very juicy!
zucchini, pepper and onion omelette.. I like this tortilla more because the vegetables make this more juicy!
grilled baby squid…unfortunately, this was very salty 😦
BocaQUIM (pork loin, asparagus, onion confit, Modena reduction and fried egg)…the best sandwich ever cause it has all my favourite food!! The pork was tender, the onions were so flavourful and the fried egg was cooked perfectly! So good we had to order another one!
FAIM? OUI OUI!!
El Quim de la Boqueria
Stalls 584-585-606-607-608-609 at La Boqueria
Rambles , 91, Barcelona