It’s not hard to find good tapas restaurants in Barcelona. But it is hard to find one like Llamber. In the popular district of El Born and around the corner from Passeig del Born, I was expecting it to be fairly touristy. But it felt as local as it could be. That, coupled with very stylish interiors, exposed brickwork and up-cycled wooden tables, made it the perfect venue for a Friday dinner. During the day you can enjoy lunch on their terrace too.
We sat at a high table, ideal to observe the restaurant from, and waited with anticipation for every tapas plate to arrive. This is not your standard tapas. Every dish was beautifully, and creatively presented. Their cod croquettes were light and fluffy, and were served in the cutest dish. Their tuna sashimi was so fresh it melted in your mouth. I loved their sardine meatloaf, which was something I would never normally have ordered. Lastly, the thinly sliced beef was served in the most original way, with ‘edible coals’ (we saw it served at a neighbouring table and promptly ordered it), but we found the beef not as tender as it could have been.
If you want to try the local cheeses, order one of their cheese boards. They line up the cheeses (goats on one side, dairy on the other) in order of strength. The strong ones were unbelievably overpowering (to the point of drying out your mouth), but it was fun to try them all.
The service here was also surprising. I can’t say I have found the Catalans to be the friendliest, yet here the staff were wonderful. They were warm and helpful – letting us try different wines to see which we preferred, advising us on which tapas dishes were best and generally really adding to our evening.
We stumbled out of the restaurant past 1 in the morning, a food coma not adequate to describe how we felt. Luckily for us there were a whole host of bars still open on Passeig del Born a few minutes’ walk from the restaurant, so we ended up drinking vodka, soda and lime for a few more hours at the originally named bar El Born.
Book ahead and don’t miss this place.
Carrer de la Fusina, 5
+34 933 19 62 50
Photos a mixture of Llamber’s own and mine from Instagram.