We met here for a working lunch one day and what a mistake this was. I mean whoever chose this place for our meeting really should have been put off immediately just by its name. I mean Barcelona Tapas, really? It might just as well been titled ‘Really Authentic Tapas…Honest’. This is a chain so it must be frequented by the public enough to make the place successful but trust me, I won’t ever cross the door again.
We met at the Barcelona Tapas in Aldgate East, situated behind the tube and bus station. The restaurant looks on to a rather run down and dubious street. The outside of the restaurant has a Gaudi inspired mosaic. The decor inside is colourful and aims to look fun – to me it just looked tacky.
We ordered a range of tapas including, potatas bravas, sliced meat, garlic prawns, chorizo in wine and tempura vegetables – basically the typical tapas dishes you see on the most uninspiring Spanish restaurants usually run by Brits. The prawns and meat were over cooked, the tempura had obviously not been cooked fresh as it had the texture of cardboard and the chorizo lacked any spice. As there was a few of us we ordered quite a few dishes that names escape me now but I just know they were unsatisfying, greasy and lacked quality and taste.
At lunch time this place was fairly empty but clearly had its regulars. The waitress (there was only one waitress due to the lack of diners) was friendly and talked us through the dishes with confidence. Unfortunaly this could not cover up the huge cracks in the uninspiring menu and food quality.
As a result Sex Drugs and Bacon Rolls gives this place:
Food Atmosphere Service