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Barcelona: Lower Your Hopes to "Moderate"


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Barcelona: Lower Your Hopes to "Moderate"

teezeetoo | | Jan 26, 2013 06:22 AM

I like tapas: as spouse and I age, we eat less, like to try more small things, and like the rhythm of grazing. I love Washington Square: it's got room for old people like us, but also lots of energetic young people, from college students to families and many nice walkable options for us. I hate empty storefronts in the Square so we watched with happy anticipation as Barcelona reconstructed the space on Beacon Street. We gave them a few weeks to settle in and tried it last week. Here are the good things: the room is attractive, the staff are trying hard to please, the menu is broad and the wine list isn't bad. Unfortunately, the food isn't special. To be fair, we tried five items from a large menu and maybe we'll go back to graze some more. But what we tried seemed reasonably representative: spinach and chickpeas small tapas (nice enough but not memorable), octopus (the star, very well made with good smoky flavor and not rubbery at all), mussels (a "large tapas" which was overpriced and underseasoned though billed as "diablo"), roasted bone marrow which was close to inedible (bad choice of a thready bone with little marrow and that buried beneath bone strand) and churros with chocolate (excellent churros, bland chocolate). Again, to be fair, it was obvious to the server that the bone marrow was a flop and they removed it from the bill, a nice gesture. They clearly want to make a place for themselves with residents: if you are local, you get a resident card which is good for a free tapa on your next visit. We love the concept: but the execution will have to improve.

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