an egg is an egg...meditating at the Museo Miró in Barcelona

Friday, May 01, 2009

Barcelona Wine Bar [revisited (again)]

'You have go get back on the horse!' so that is why we are back here again tonight. Last time there was a broken wrist [read below] and this time a gift card. Had a really great meal especially since it was all covered with the gift card. Will have to go back on a Thursday for tapas and live flamenco music.

Split a Spinach Salad: Portabella Mushrooms, Applewood Bacon,Herb Goat Cheese, Balsamic Glaze Dressing [$8.50] and a tapa of House-Cured Olives, Thyme, Citrus, Garlic [$3.50]

Both had the same entrée: Churrasco Grilled Skirt Steak, Garlic Spinach, Sweet Potato Fries, Chimichurri Sauce [$23.50]

For dessert we had Churros con chocolate: Fried dough tubes dipped in sugar and cinnamon with a cup of chocolate pudding for dipping; yum!

Saturday, December 13

Ate here again tonight after seeing 'The Seafarer' at Theater Works. From Irish boozing to Spanish tapas!

Five of us and each ordered a different tapa: Chorizo with figs, Blue Cod with parsnips, Gambas, Venison osso bucco [a racíon] and spicy Lamb with eggplant, also sneaked in an order of olives. The bread was still good but stingy with the olive oil. Service was very good. The Gambas and the Venison were the winners. The Chorizo is excellent also but was the winner last time.
I had an Argentine Malbec red and it was excellent [$7.50]. Ended with an order of Churros con chocolate to share: four piping hot 'crullers' coated with sugar and a cup of hot chocolate [pudding consistency] but topped with cream [lose the cream and stick to the chocolate]. Delicious.

blognote: The evening ended on a very bad note: the banquette seating in the bar is very DANGEROUS! My companion stepped off the riser, fell and shattered her left wrist. I drove her to the emergency room [she will undergo surgery next week to have a plate put in her wrist] while the manager drove the rest of the West Hartfordites home; a nice gesture but thought he would at least eat the check. The story will continue!

Had heard lots of good things about Barcelona and finally had a chance to stop in here last night. My shopping buddy is a West Hartford restaurant expert! Good room, good service, good food.

We started with a glass of white wine each. The winelist on the website is not up to date [according to staff] but it was the Viura/Verdejo [$6.50] and possibly not the bottle listed. Great bread; a big pail of sections [not wimpy slices] of warm crusty bread to sop up the olive oil and sauces and gravies. And Ian [our server] made sure we had plenty of this great bread.

Three tapas: Olives [$3.50] for a large amount of mixed excellent olive combination, Garlic bulbs [$3.50] two fat beautifully roasted steaming hot bulbs, Sweet sour figs with chorizo [$7.50] in a little cazuela [cazuelita?] of roasted figs and sliced chorizo.

Ración: one ración [larger than tapa serving] of Duck confit [$14] over goat cheese and spinach and a slew of baby concord grapes. This dish needs no explanation and was devoured with great gusto as it was delicious.

bloginfo: check website above for address [Farmington Avenue rear] and menu
blognote; restaurant has a late night menu ['til 2am on weekend] and rumor is is that they have Churros con Chocolate for dessert. Also offer a Tapas Sampler special on Sunday thru Thursday.

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