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05/07/2016

Sushi and the City – Where to eat raw fish in Barcelona

 

Paella is great and who can resist a succulent hunk of salt-roasted cod? But during Barcelona’s hot and humid days (and nights) sushi better suits our seafood cravings.

Sushi, and Japanese food in general, has long had a healthy presence in Barcelona’s restaurant scene (check out this previous post). The city’s new wave of chefs is heavily influenced by Japanese techniques and ingredients. On the other hand, Japanese chefs that work here can tap into the best fish and seafood in Europe.
This doesn’t mean to say that it’s all good; in fact Barcelona may be on of the few places where banana and cream-cheese filled nori rolls and are thought acceptable. To help you sort your crabsticks from your fresh crab, here are a few of our favourite sushi spots at DestinationBCN.

Budget Sushi

Machiroku
This simple, pine-lined restaurant just off Plaça Catalunya is a favourite with office workers for lunch – so arrive early for a table. You can choose from a sushi or sashimi menu de día (10 and 12 euros) that comes with a well executed, reasonably sized serving of either plus miso soup and salad. No credit cards.
Carrer de les Moles 21
0034-934 12 60 82

The Tatami Room
In Poble Sec, The Tatami Room is another Japanese restaurant that offers a good quality lunchtime menu (11.50 euros) that includes a delicious plate of eight makis. It’s large, cool and you can spread out on reed (tatami) mats around sunken tables – making a good place to bring young children.
Carrer del Poeta Cabañas 19
0034-933296740
www.thetatamiroombcn.com 

Mid-priced Sushi

Kibuka
This restaurant has two branches in Grácia, one next to the Verdi Cinemas and another tucked away in Carrer Goya. Both are hugely popular with locals and serve freshly made sushi in pleasingly minimalist surroundings. There is a large range of makis, which you are wise to order a selection of rather than individually – which hikes the price of the bill considerably.
Kibuka Sushi bar and restaurant
Carrer de Goya 9
0034-932378994
Kibuka Sushi bar and drinks
Carrer de Verdi 64
0034-934159217
www.kibuka.com 

Shunka
Tucked away near the cathedral, Shunka is credited with kick-starting Barcelona’s new wave of sushi love. When it opened, it was immediately endorsed by Ferran Adrià, and for a while there the restaurant’s luxurious curved sushi bar was the place to be seen. The hype has died down, but Shunka remains high the list of sushi aficionados. Reservations recommended – particularly for bar seating, which gives you ringside privileges to the art of sushi making.
Carrer dels Sagristans 5
0034-934124991
www.koyshunka.com 

Blow-out Sushi

Nakashita
This chic, urban restaurant near the Arc de Triomf goes way beyond the usual salmon/tuna/squid cache by offering makis using local varieties of fish. The sushiman hails from Brazil, so there is plenty of interesting fusion flavors going on as well.
Carrer del Rec Comtal 15
0034-932955378
www.nakashitabcn.com 

Ikibana
Like Nakashita, Ikibana combines the new world with Japanese culinary traditions. The focus here is Nikkei cuisine – or the fusion of Peruvian and Japanese gastronomy – often washed down with a pisco sour. Ikibana is spectacular in every way, including the tropical- chic interiors by the local design studio El Equipo Creativo. It has three locations: El Born, Paral.lel Avenue and a new one in the posh residential neighborhood of Sarriá (pictured).
Ikibana Parallel
Avinguda del Paral.lel 148
0034-34934244648
Ikibana El Born
Passeig de Picasso 32
0034-34932956732
Ikibana Sarria
Carrer Doctor Fleming 11
0034-935481312
www.ikibana.com 

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