From my experience, the best places to eat are hidden away from tourists and rammed with locals. So I was very surprised to discover that the restaurant which had been recommended to me in Barcelona was not hidden away from tourists. In fact, it was merely a stone’s throw from the flashing lights and flower sellers of La Rambla.
Irati was however filled with locals at the bar, munching on the delicious looking tapas. We were starving and annoyingly they wouldnt let us have any tapas if we were eating in the restaurant. It’s tapas or restaurant. Confusing!
Anyway, we took our seats at the back and ordered a bottle of Rioja. Perhaps they saw the disappointed look on my face when they told me I couldn’t have tapas, as they brought over some stuffed olives wrapped in sardines – a very salty but tasty local snack. For starters we ordered: Homemade foie gras “mi-cuit” and Fried “txistorra” from Orio (mini chorizo sausages that were amazinggggg). The staff were also very helpful and quick to provide wheat-free bread to go with the foie gras.
For mains we had: Grilled aged beef tenderloin with artichokes, and Galician aged steak tartare. It was all delicious but a bit of a meat feast! Perhaps you feel lighter and better by just eating the tapas, but it was lovely to have a table here. 7/10
Irati Taverna Basca,
17, 08002 Barcelona,
+34 933 42 54 11