Wednesday 20 February 2008

Costa Gallega Restaurant, Passeig de Gracia, 71, Barcelona

Vast, atmospheric tapas bar with high ceilings running deep into this 19th Century building. At the front, there are large delicatessen-style glass display counters, cured meat joints hanging from the ceiling, a bar and a casual eating area. Head towards the back for more formal dining with tablecloths. On offer is an extensive selection of tapas including patatas bravas, anchovies, chorizo and other classics. Many of these dishes are fried and unappealing to look at and greenery is hard to find. But the food is fairly-priced and tastes good accompanied by a pint or two of San Miguel served in solid glass pitchers. Service can be sluggish, so sit down well before you get hungry. 7/10