Quimet y Quimet, Barcelona, Spain

Hungry, curious crowds waiting for Quimet & Quimet Inside the small, very busy bar
Exterior of Quimet y Quimet (with people waiting) and inside the small bar

Quimet y Quimet is one of the most popular tapas bar in Barcelona. I’ve read about how great it is across all different publications from glossy print magazines, blogs, to my Instagram followers who reminded me the night before that if I’m near Montjuïc, I should go here for a quick meal.

From our experience, this was worth the hype. The drinks are great. The tapas are not fussy. The food is served at room temperature but some of the two-bite montaditos (think open-faced sandwiches) are quite creative. The use are topped with the best canned seafood. (Canned seafood in Spain is absolutely sublime. This is not the mediocre stuff we find in the States.)

We didn’t anticipate was how small this bar was that around 1:30 PM in Barcelona time the hungry and curious tourists and locals were piling for a spot outside this establishment.

Glass of (excellent) sangria with my spread of tapas
Sangria with my spread of tapas

After weaving our way through the crowd and spied on other diners what they were eating, we claimed a small area at the bar and started ordering by what we saw. First, we needed to quench our thirst with one of the best sangrias (3€ each) that I’ve had in a very long time. Fruity with the red wine they used had a nice backbone to stand up to the citrus.

Montadito of tuna belly with red pepper
Tuna belly with red pepper montadito

The tuna belly with red pepper montadito (2,50€ each) was delicious. Meaty tuna belly topped with rich Spanish olive oil on a schmear of red pepper paste to subtly spice up this tapa.

Iberico pork cheek with chips
Iberico pork cheek with chips

We split the Iberico pork cheek with chips (6,50€). This super tender pork cheek served with chunks of carrots and potatoes and a small side of crisp potato chips. Hearty, simply prepared but satisfying.

Montadito (small sandwich) of tuna, tomato, scallops and caviar
Montadito of tuna, tomato, scallops and caviar

If you like caviar, this particular montadito is a must get the one topped with tuna, tomato, scallops, and caviar. It’s a bargain for having a heaping spoonful of caviar with chopped tuna and scallops for 2,50€. The seafood was delectable. The combination worked and the caviar didn’t overwhelm everything else. If I lived around the area, I would order a half dozen of these every time I visit there.

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Quimet y Quimet

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Carrer del Poeta Cabanyes, 25
08004 Barcelona, Spain
Phone: +34 934 42 31 42
Note: Does not accept reservations


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