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[Barcelona] Paco Meralgo

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Paco Meralgo

Add: Carrer de Muntaner, 171, 08036 Barcelona
Tel: +34 934 30 90 27
Hours: 1-4pm, 8pm-12:30am
Website: www.pacomeralgo.com
Price: €20~30/person
Visited on: Jan 2013

In a city where most bars shut down on Sunday nights, the 7/7 open Paco Meralgo becomes all the more indispensable. A wordplay on “para comer algo” (to eat something), Paco Meralgo is a simple place that serves quality tapas, including supposedly Barcelona’s greatest tomato bread. Great for a casual lunch, afternoon snack, or dinner.

The space is comprised of two mirror-imaged sections, with seats spread along the bar and around small high tables. Decor is minimalist, so the focus naturally falls on its seafood-laden bar.

Grilled razor clams (€9.70), something we ordered during almost every meal in Barcelona. So fresh, just can’t get enough of these.

Tomato bread (€1.85/two pieces), crunchy bread smeared with fresh tomato paste, then drizzled with garlic and plenty of olive oil. Try them with a plate of Bellota ham.

Grilled squid (€11.90).

Of course, a glass of white.

Fried artichokes (€4.90), thinly spiced, properly browned, ultra crispy.

Local octopus with candied onion (€6.15), this was a dish I wish we had skipped. Mushy sweet onions with tough-to-chew octopus…not a favorite.

Bomba (€2.40), explained to us as “spicy meat ball”, but it was really mostly potato. Delicious, nonetheless.

Reservations can be made, or just walk-in for bar seats.

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February 25th, 2013 at 3:30 pm