WHERE TO EAT THE BEST PAELLA IN BARCELONA?
Rice with things is not Paella! Almost every visitor to Barcelona is looking for the best Paella experience. What kind of Paella Spaniards consider as a good one? Where it came from? What sorts of Paella exist? And where to eat best paella in Barcelona? We help to figure it put in this article.
Spaniards say: «La Mejor Paella de Barcelona«, but what makes good paella in their opinion? While questioning what is Good Paella there is still not much of a consensus. But there’s one thing that most paella enthusiasts in Spain seem to agree on: the fluffy yellow rice dish served in touristic restaurants with a big picture of Paella on the entrance, topped with red peppers and all sorts of toppings from seafood to chicken and veggies, is not the real thing.
The Traditional Spanish Paella is darker, richer, smokier rice meal, that is denser than a pilaf, drier than a risotto, and arguably more satisfying than either. The key to this dish is the crusty caramelized layer of rice, called «Socarrat«, that forms on the bottom of the pan. It remains only to add, that real Paella has nothing in common with microwave oven pre-cooked foods.
Paella is a supreme Art of Spanish gastronomic history, that Spaniard conserve, protect, and endlessly love!
Many visitors of Barcelona, who heard the name PAELLA, consider it to be exclusively Spanish food, although we should be grateful for this meal to Valencia. Paella dates back to the 10th century when the Moors started cultivating rice in the conquered part of Spain. That time Paella was peasant food, a simple meal to fill the bellies of farmers and their laborers. It was cooked on big pans over an open fire from simple ingredients like tomatoes, onions, snails, greens and white beans. Peasants ate Paella directly from Pan using personal wooden spoons.
The common idea of where the name PAELLA is delivered from the old Valencian word for pan: ‘patella’. Others state that it originated from the Arabis Word «baqiyah», which means «Leftovers». But still no one really knows for sure. The home of paella in Valencia, a beautiful region on the Eastern coast of Spain. The proximity to the Mediterranean Sea Explains how Seafood made its way into the dish. Housewives added to the meal whatever they had on hand. For Special occasions, they could add rabbit, duck accompanied by saffron.
The best paella in Barcelona might be difficult to find, despite a dozen of places around the city. The best Paella is always away from the restaurant with big images of Paella on boards. “Authentic” is the keyword here. You’ll find lots of places saying they serve the best paella in Barceloneta or other touristic spots, but only a small percentage of them are worth eating at. Restaurant with the best paella oftentimes hidden from the eyes of visitors and filled with the local crowd.
Maná 75 is one of these places, hidden gem, popular among locals with the best paella in Barcelona! We can guarantee you a fantastic, local experience and look forward to seeing you in Maná 75.