In the up and coming neighbourhood Sant Antoni and Plaza España you can find the various restaurants by the Albert and Ferran Adriá and the Iglesias brothers. This post is about restaurant Bodega 1900 that opened its doors about two years ago. Its concept tapas, really good tapas!
The decoration of the entrance at Bodega 1900 brings back memories of an old fashion restaurant or even a delicatessen shop; right-side wall covered in white tiles and a long counter, the ham from the world famous Joselito is hanging from the ceiling.
On a shelf running along the wall they have the products from their own gourmet brand La Cala for a perfect Vermut. Some of the products are; mussels in Escabeche sauce, filled olives, sardines in spicy dressing and natural Razor-shells. Outside they have a small terrace to enjoy the warmer days and nights.
In the entrance, they have a small high bar for people waiting and one table. Walking into the dining area, you can find an open kitchen and a bar with great old school refrigerators with windows lit up inside where they have the wine cellar.
The low ceiling with wooden beams, the old photos decorating the walls and the marble tables give a cosy and relaxed atmosphere to the restaurant.
Bodega 1900, Tapas restaurant, Sant Antoni
The menu can be found in English, Spanish, and Catalan. It is divided into nine different categories with a clear layout. The menu not too long, but still hard to narrow down the selection as there are many great dishes!
We narrowed down our order to; the Gordal and Piparra Oliva-S, these look like ordinary olives, but they are so not!
After the explosion of flavours, we moved on to try the two different types of toast with smoked salmon and searing tuna, which literary melted in my mouth.
Next plate to arrive at the table was the assortment of cured and smoked mackerel, tuna, eel and sardine. This plate we were instructed to start with Mackerel and finish with the sardine for the intensity of the different flavours.
Also, we tried the natural cockles and tuna belly with spicy dressing ¨La Cala”. Of course, we could not miss the Iberian ham Joselito, goat and sheep cheese Payoyo from Cadiz in the south of Spain and bread with tomato. To finish off this great dinner we ordered marinated apricots with ice cream, heavenly sweet!
At Bodega 1900 they use top quality products, which gives the end result in its great savoury flavour. The presentation and explanation by the waiter of each dish that is brought to the table give that little extra and makes the experience special.
A special shout out to the super service minded waitress that greeted us at the door, a calm and welcoming smile and within no time got us seated at the bar while they arranged a table, even though we didn´t have a reservation.
I highly recommend booking your table in advance.
Phone: +34 933 25 26 59
Booking online: elbarriadria.com/en/booking
Photo credit: Bodega 1900