Nosh on a Bikini in Barcelona. Not What You Think.

While traipsing through Barcelona’s L’Eixample district we passed a place with a line of people out the door and about half a block long. This rubbernecker was way too nosey curious to just walk by without seeing what the hoopla was about. All the rage was a Spanish tapas restaurant. Apparently, judging by the crowd, this one was pretty damn good. And they sold bikinis.

Tapas, 24 is owned by an alum of Ferran Adria’s renowned El Bulli restaurant and creates unique, designer tapas. Not Louis Vuittons. But, Carles Abellans.
Tapas Restaurant Front
Tapas 24 Front Door

We decided not to wait amongst the growing masses and instead come back at an off-peak hour, definitely before prime dinner time. Good idea. We were sat immediately.

Tapas 24 is a no fuss ‘basement’ restaurant, you must go several steps below street level to reach the front door.

Spanish newspapers are available upon entry, hanging along the wall. I left them hanging for someone who could actually read Catalan.
Tapas 24 Restaurant Interior

The tapas menu is also in Catalan, printed on a paper bag. But, when the staff sees you eyeballing it glazed over and confused, they will bring you an English version. At least that’s what happened to me.

We started with the Bombes de La Barceloneta (potato croquettes) and the Russa amb Picos de Jerez (Russian potato salad with carrots and fish).

The presentation of both tapas seemed trendy, yet effortless. The fried spud dumplings were crunchy with a smooth mashed potato center. Can you really go wrong with deep-fried potatoes?
Tapas Menu at Tapas 24
Potato Tapas in BarcelonaRussian Potato Salad Tapa

Even though we were in a Spanish tapas restaurant, we couldn’t resist ordering an American classic. The Mc Foie Burger.

This tapa was a beef and foie gras patty served with foie grenache. It was the size of a slider accompanied by the DIY foie spread. I slathered the velvety spread on the tender meat and thought about ordering another. But, the bikini was coming.
Foie Gras and Burger Tapa
Foie Gras Burger Tapa

There was one dish that almost every table had and was highly recommeneded by the staff. The Bikini Comerc 24, a warm sandwich with black truffles, cured Iberian ham and buffala mozzarella.

In my Italian world, it was a crunchy bikini panini. Say that three times fast.

The flecks of black truffles did their job of creating a delectable flavor profile. I liked eating bikinis.
Bikini Tapa in BarcelonaBikini Tapa in Barcelona

Although eating a bikini did not get the title of the best tapa in Barcelona, it was a close second.

Have you eaten a bikini? What is your favorite tapa restaurant in Spain?


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  1. Madaboutravel November 5, 2012 at 8:26 am - Reply

    I love bikinis (the food kind and well, the swimsuit kind too)… Glad you got to try the ones at Tapas 24! It's such a cool place 😉

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey November 5, 2012 at 10:56 am - Reply

      It was a really cool place for people looking for trendy tapas!

  2. cosmoHallitan November 5, 2012 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    I'm surprised by the Russian potato salad – is there a big Russian influence in that part of Spain? My favorite tapas were the croquettes – usually ham or chicken – and the patatas bravas. YUM! 

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey November 5, 2012 at 11:22 pm - Reply

      Pretty much, potato anything is my favorite 🙂

  3. Anita Mac November 6, 2012 at 7:48 am - Reply

    Annette – as always, love your photos!  Thanks for the tip – I hope to go back to Barcelona – love it there and just can't get enough!  Photos from the Pintxos bars in San Sebastian coming soon – you have to add it to your bucket list.  You won't be disappointed!

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey November 6, 2012 at 8:04 am - Reply

      I heard wonderful things about San Sebastian, looking forward to the Pintxos photos!

  4. Juliann November 6, 2012 at 11:47 am - Reply

    I have not eaten a bikini panini, but I'm more likely to try one than wear one. 🙂

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey November 6, 2012 at 1:04 pm - Reply

      That’s hilarious! And I feel the exact same way 🙂

  5. Audrey | That Backpacker November 8, 2012 at 8:03 am - Reply

    Mmm! I'm craving a bikini panini after reading this! 😀

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey November 8, 2012 at 4:40 pm - Reply

      Me too! Maybe I need to try to replicate it for dinner tonight 🙂

  6. Bucket List Journey 5 Day Barcelona Itinerary. The Spain Plan. December 15, 2012 at 11:39 pm - Reply

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  7. Sam @ June 26, 2013 at 3:45 am - Reply

    Oh my gosh!!! Looks incredibly yummy!!

    • Annette White June 26, 2013 at 6:58 am - Reply

      It was incredibly yummy 🙂

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