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Eat & Drink Guide: La Barra Restaurant, Barceloneta

March 28, 2017 0 Comments

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After a long absence of long glorious lunches in my life, and to celebrate being back in Spain, I organised to catch up with my two girlfriend´s Gloria and Nuria in Barcelona last Saturday.

We decided on Chef Carles Abellan´s new impressive tapas restaurant ´La Barra de Carles Abellan´on Passeig de Joan de Borbó, 19 in the popular Barceloneta district. The area is famous for its old school seafood restaurants along the beach, the W Hotel and for the tourists who make their mark on the beaches each summer.  

Carles Abellan is one of the world´s most renowned chefs having worked for 15 years with Ferran Adria at elbulli and a number of his other restaurants. Abellan then went onto open his own restaurants including Commerç 24 which redefined tapas globally, and then my favourite Tapaç 24 in Passeig de Gracia (which I will write about soon), BRAVO at the prestigious W Hotel Barcelona, and a handful of others. I knew this meal was going to be extraordinary given the hype around the restaurant and of course the chef. As we sat down to order, the man Carles himself walked in the door, put on his chef´s jacket, walked up to us and took our order much to our delight. 


Walking into the small narrow space your eyes try to take in everything quickly. From the soft tan leather high bar chairs to the dark blue tiles that line the bar and walls. He is playing with new and old Catalan themes here. There are two large television screens on the wall showing the working kitchen downstairs adding to the theatre and behind the scenes feel.

You sit in the round, and watch the chefs smoke and prepare your seafood in front of you whilst the waitstaff fill you in on every detail of the menu, the oil, wine list and more.


We ordered share plates for the majority of our meal and then one portion of the Fomentera style Lobster. A treat yes, but we were in the mood to live it up given the many years since we had last had such an opportunity.

The wine we chose was a Montsant white. Carles has a range of his own wines from Monstant, Priorat and Penedes which he presents as the first option. We order a glass each, which, upon arrival is very small and end up ordering a bottle. It is clean and crisp and goes down way too quickly.

Our sharing plates arrive promptly and we dive into the sepia, the cloisses (clams) which are swimming in a warm delicious buttery broth, king prawns and a fresh tomato salad with seaweed and jelly cubes. Last dish is a wonderful Spanish mackeral served ontop of on a bed of dreamy flavorsome potato mash. I could eat this for days and days. As is tradition here everything is mopped up with a crusty bread and local olive oil. I for one love that I don´t feel guilty dipping my bread into the broth and cleaning up the plate, like I do in Australia.

After the 4 or 5 dishes and wine we are quite full, however the waiter urges us to clear the last of the mackerel and potato as the final dish is on its way.

It goes without saying that the final dish was one of the best I´ve ever eaten. Whole lobster, cooked Formentera style. Despite being ridiculously large (we ordered one portion to share and received 3 portions which is a whopping 1kg of lobster) the whole dish was devoured right to the last sliver in the pan. Once again we mop up the caramelized juices on the bottom of the pan. The lobster comes served with handmade potato crisps and 4 poached eggs, which the waitstaff break open and crunch through the lobster and chips in the pan. The lobster was the most succulent and slightly sweet crustacean I´ve ever tasted. The table of 8 beside us shared the exact same dish so we felt a little annoyed that we were given the same portion size for 3 women. Yet it was worth every last bite.


We rounded up the 4.5 hour long lunch with the bill blowing our expectations (the lobster cost us €150 alone) but all agreed after the bill shock wore off that the day was amazing and we ate like queens. Each dish was worth every penny (just maybe watch what portion number they write down next time when ordering). 

+34 93 760 51 29
Wednesday to Sunday 1:30pm to 4:00pm and 8:00pm to 11:00pm.
Monday and Tuesday closed.
C/ Passeig Joan Borbó, 19.
08003 Barcelona

Getting the right fit
Petit Barcelona Fit Guide


We often talk instore about the perfect fit. What we’re looking for, how it should feel, and how to overcome any niggly foot problems you may be having. 

So, we asked Lauren, owner of Petit Barcelona, to sit down and answer a few questions that we’re asked regularly. Questions around fit, leathers and care of our sandals. 

How do I find my size?

The first thing you need to consider when buying a pair of Spanish sandals is the length of your foot. The length, not the width, of your foot will determine your size. We recommend you go with your standard size.

Narrow Fit - shop the standard fit collection and choose your standard size. If you are between sizes, go down a size. The best leathers for a narrow fit and thin achilles is to choose the thicker Nubuck leathers which will provide more support. 

Standard Fitshop the standard fit collection and choose your standard size. All of the leathers in the range will suit your feet.

Slightly Wide Fit - shop the standard fit collection and choose a leather that will give and mould to your foot shape - suede's and box calf leathers. It is also recommended that you try the New Wide Fit Collection as these will also provide the width you need. 

Wide "D" Fit - shop the NEW Wide Fit Collection if your feet are traditionally wider than standard (see further information below). Available in a selection of Flat Avarcas and Platform Avarcas - Shop here. Stick with your standard size as we have made the width slightly larger to accommodate the extra width room you require. 


Need an extra wide fit?

Love our shoes but find that the width isn’t wide enough? Then our NEW Wide Fit Collection is for you. 

Introducing our new Collection of Flat Avarcas and Platform Avarcas in a wider “D’” fitting size. Our first drop comes in our best selling Almond Nubuck, Black Suede and Metallic Braided Champagne Box Calf in both Flats and Platforms. 

How does the Wide Fit Collection work?

Our Wide Fit Collection is essentially the same standard fit length, but the width is wider than your standard fit. 

If you are normally a size 38 in length but a wide fit, most of the time you would have sized up to a 39 to accommodate the extra width needed. By going up a size, it often left you with a little too much room at the back of the shoes.

To check if our New Wide Fit Collection is perfect for you, please consult our size guide below (the column on the far right - Wide Fit Width - CM).

My shoes have arrived and are feeling very snug, is this ok?

It sure is! We want them to feel a little snug across the front of your foot! This is the part that will soften and mould to your foot with wear.

If your feet are within the stitching on the insole of the shoe you have the right size. Long toes may peep through the front of the shoe, others may not. This is a normal variance.

If the shoe feels a little snug but you’re not experiencing actual pain, you have the right size. 

If your shoes are too tight across the top of your feet, or your toes are pinching, then the NEW Wide Fit Collection of Flats and Platforms will be perfect for you. 

Simply shop the available Wide Fit Collection here


The back straps are quite loose or won´t stay up. Is this the right fit?

Your back straps should sit firm on your heels. They will naturally fall to the widest part of your heel as they wear in. They will at first feel like they might fall off, but they won´t completely. If your straps are gaping, or sliding up and down as you walk, but your length is fine, then our shoes are not the right fit for your heel shape.  

Many people who can´t wear back straps normally, choose our Platform Avarcas or Wedge Espadrilles, as the incline of the shoe means that the back strap stays up higher than the Flat Avarcas. 


Should my toes be visible or not?

As all feet are different shapes, the length of your toes are too. Whether or not your toes are visible is not an indication that your shoes fit or not. We like to think that when you haven´t had a pedicure, our shoes hide a multitude of sins! 


I don’t think I have the right size. What should I do?

If your Spanish Avarcas are snug to the point of pain you may need to go up a size. If your foot is within the stitching but the back strap is falling, you may need to go down a size.

Any further questions, please contact us via email at customerservice@petitbarcelona.com