Let me tell you about the best meal of my life.
Pictured above is salmon piled on top of thick yogurt and topped with truffle-infused honey. It’s the most popular dish at Quimet & Quimet and yes, it’s as good as it sounds. Actually, I take that back - it’s better than it sounds. It’s perfect, in fact.
Quimet & Quimet was made popular by Anthony Bourdain and I was nervous about going there. I was afraid of the hype, afraid that the Bourdain-inspired food tourists may have made it into a kind of culinary Disneyland, watered down and losing it’s initial charm. This was not the case at all. Quimet & Quimet is relaxed, chill and the food is, well- you know that feeling you get when you have a crush on someone and you can’t stop thinking about the first time you met, that first conversation, and days later you try to recall the sound of their voice, that smile…? Yeah. That’s what I’m going through right now, only my crush is the restaurant itself. The smile is that glass of white wine. The voice is the food.
Quimet & Quimet isn’t so much a restaurant as it is a bar that serves really good tapas. It’s standing room only, and you call out whatever food or drink you’d like. In under 2 minutes you get handed a small dish of cheeses with breadsticks or say, fresh anchovies and brie on toast.
It’s simple food, un-fussily prepared and perfectly paired (take the cured beef with sweet tomato below, for example), which matches the environment - there’s no pretense here despite its popularity. The prices are cheap and it seems to be the kind of place where you can meet up with friends after work. If I lived here, I’d be here every week. I’d make it my spot.
I still think about Quimet & Quimet and I’m sure I will for a long time. It’s reason enough to go back to Barcelona. I’m glad it’s still popular because it absolutely deserves to be.