Pikio Taco

By Natasha Drewnicki

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mushroom taco © Marta Sanahuja

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Mexican restaurants are big in Barcelona but fall into two categories: those with fussy folkloric motifs, garish sombreros and throat-stripping tequila, or extravagant establishments boasting the nation’s most obscure cuisine, from chapulines to huitlacoche.

Pikio Taco is a refreshing alternative. This new taqueria offers a modest selection of straight-up tacos, nachos and quenching margaritas, Negra Modelo cerveza and micheladas and a Mexican Bloody Mary. Try the beef or cochinita (pork) with avocado cream and pico de gallo with coriander, or the salmon tartare, ideal for summer days. A vegetarian option includes wild mushroom, red bean and sweet corn.

Named after the restaurant’s exquisite feathery mascot (you’ll get it when you see him), Pikio has graffitied, exposed-brick walls that lend it a cantina vibe. Expect a soundtrack of rock and electronica and a 101 in Mexican indie classics: there will be no “La Cucuracha” here.

Opening hours
Monday
12:00 – 23:59
Tuesday
12:00 – 23:59
Wednesday
12:00 – 23:59
Thursday
12:00 – 23:59
Friday
12:00 – 23:59
Saturday
12:00 – 23:59
Sunday
12:00 – 23:59