Carrer Escudellers and the surrounding area are well-known for cheap eateries and tourist traps, so finding a good tapas bar is not easy. Luckily for foodies, La Castanya fills the gap. You won’t find traditional tapas on the menu however but instead platillos (small dishes), as creative visually as they are in taste.
The salpicón (sour squid salad) and their interpretation of the Italian caprese salad were the highlights of my first acquaintance with the renewed venue, and the tortilla (Spanish omelette) may well have been the best one I have ever tried. Sitting at the bar definitely adds value to the food experience here: chef Nico prepares all cold plates just in front of you and loves to share his passion for cooking.
When it comes to décor, La Castanya remains informal and fun, with simple wooden tables and chairs set out under a selection of beautiful lamps made out of recycled bicycle parts.