Here is a report from a trip we took back in July, 2010. Just getting around to write some thoughts on our trip. Wanted to report back as a thank you for recommendations.
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We were on the hunt for the best tapas while in Barcelona. While researching, I saw that Paco Meralgo was mentioned many times. There must be some truth to it if it's mentioned that often. The name Paco Meralgo is actually a play on words with the words comer algo meaning to eat something. Eat something we did!!!
Paco Meralgo's interior is simple and clean. Diners have the choice of either sitting at the bar or a table for larger parties. I believe there are two sides to Paco Meralgo that are mirror images of each other. One side being the smoking side and the other non-smoking.
It was hot the day we decided to sight see and go to Paco Meralgo for lunch. Who needs beer when you can get a refreshing glass of gazpacho instead. Not sure what it was about the gazpacho at Paco Meralgo but this was the best gazpacho I have ever had. A nice balance of flavor and consistency.
Chicken and Ham Croquettes (1,20)
These croquettes came out hot and nicely crisped. Could have eaten about 6 more of these little snacks.
Pan Con Tomate
This was the best pan con tomate that we had on the whole trip. The bread was very nicely toasted, had the perfect amount of tomatoes and a good olive oil.
"Bomba" - big spicy meat ball (2,30)
The "bomba" was like a larger circular version of a croquette but with mayo and a tomato-based sauce on top. The sauces on top is what makes the "bombas" delicious.
"Italoiberico bikini" grilled ham and cheese sandwich (3,20)
The flavor of the iberico ham were really evident in these little bikini sandwiches. The cheese was perfectly melted to complement the ham. Could have eaten a few more of these. A bit on the small side though.
Grilled razor clams (9,20)
Sitting at the bar you can see the plethora of fresh seafood available for the day. These razor clams were practically begging to be grilled and eaten by us. A little squeeze of lemon on each and these were fantastic.
Chunks of black pepper fillet (12,00)
This dish was recommended by the server since I don't eat seafood. At 12E this was a pretty expensive dish for the 7 small pieces of beef but after eating it, it was somewhat worth it. The pieces of beef were perfectly cooked medium/rare and were super tender. The black pepper and salt were all these pieces of beef needed.
Paco Meralgo exceeded all our expectations. If you are looking for a tapas bar with a bit more refinement, then this is the place. I would definitely come back here on my future trips to Barcelona. Yo quiero comer algo!!!