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“Authentic, unpretentious and the garlic mayo is crack!!”
Review of La Cova Fumada

La Cova Fumada
Ranked #226 of 11,033 Restaurants in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$39 - US$49
Cuisines: Spanish
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Dining options: Breakfast
Neighbourhood: Barceloneta
Reviewed 13 July 2018 via mobile

It’s one of the places where time stood still and this place would have served multi generations of locals and tourists with their fresh, authentic and wholesome dishes.

I make it a point to trek here - to miss this out on place is akin to missing out on not just the honest food this family puts out but an experience where one gets to be immersed in a noisy but real institution.

I don’t know what they put in that mayo but it must be crack and I don’t care if I have garlic breath all day. It’s worth any judgement and definitely worth the calories. Have the bomba, the grilled squid, the toasted bread, sardines, mussels with aioli - those are a staple.

Opens early at 9am but closes at 3pm. Reopens on some days at 6pm. It’s crowded all times.

These guys take a break month of August.

Thank Powto
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Reviewed 29 June 2018 via mobile

“Must Visit” place for each time I visit Barcelona. And I do it at least once per year. Restaurant without logos outside, very simple, but at the same time very interesting and tasty food. Non touristic place. Nice staff.

Thank Tomas P
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Reviewed 22 June 2018

Great family-run place. I just loved, loved, loved it. I had the bomba, the sardines, the calamar (not the breaded kind) and the pan tostado (move over, bruschetta). Highly, highly recommended!

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Reviewed 21 June 2018 via mobile

La Cova Fumada is by far the best restaurant we have been to in all of Barcelona. This traditional and authentic Spanish restaurant serves fresh and amazing tapas, The staff were very friendly and help out with the menu and try there best to accommodate everyone. Would recommend this to everyone in Barcelona and anyone who is visiting.

Thank livxjake
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Reviewed 12 June 2018

Food memories are not easily made and often come at the most surprising of times. I ate at La Cova Fumada across two consecutive days - once with a group of seven hungry blokes and the next with two friends. Both times were equally special, flavourful and authentic and both times I went with a mixture of well rounded 'foodies'. This is a no-nonsense eatery which might cost you a wait but is well worth a wait in the sun with a cold beer. DO NOT go and eat here if you want frilly table service and to be wait on hand and foot. DO NOT go and eat here if you are scared of bustling lunch service. But DO eat here if you want a lesson in simplicity, flavour and an all round authentic eating experience.

The menu is short, changeable and incredibly rustic - ranging from sumptuous garlicy octopus to oozing grilled chorizo. On both occasions the waitress brought us the home-made 'morcilla' [black-pudding] with chickpeas and all was washed down with cold beer, vermouth and rounds of 'pan con tomato' and 'pan con ajo'. I smiled the whole time. The staff were friendly, fast and direct, the eating experience was hitting all of the top notes and the noise and authenticity of the place just made this an unforgettable experience.
The final bill both times felt like nothing for the feast that was presented to us over the hours of enjoyment.

Seeing the young locals propped up against the bar, the elder residents being chaperoned to their usual tables, and the young vivacious tourists from all over Europe tucking into their food restored my faith in the world just a little bit.

I have been visiting Barcelona for a long time and this is now somewhere which will make my yearly pilgrimage even more worthwhile. Go and eat here and thank you La Cova Fumada for bringing lots of happiness myself and my friends.

10/10

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Thank Oli B
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