Indianapolis’ Devour Downtown just finished for the summer, and we managed to sneak in a date night to BARcelona tapas restaurant. We were intrigued by several of the menus that the restaurants offered this summer, but since Regina’s menu at R Bistro wasn’t vegetarian, we managed to go somewhere else! BARcelona offered an irresistible two-for-$30 six course menu, and the choices fit in perfectly with our vegetarian diet and obsession with Spanish cuisine (thanks to Jose Andres!).

They say that imitation is the greatest form of flattery, and I have a desire to imitate all of my favorite blogs. So in that vein, here’s a full review of all six courses as a shout-out to the good people at We Got Served.

Course 1 : Queso de Cabra Al Horno
Baked goat cheese in tomato sauce served with garlic bread
We started the meal with this absolutely delicious ensemble of two of our favorite things, bread and goat cheese! We would definitely order this again if we went back. I also must admit that I coveted the cool little paella pan a bit.

Course 2 : Gambas Al Alioli
Sauteed Garlic Shrimp
The menu offered two choices for each course, but our vegetarian diet chose for us. We really enjoyed this simple but scrumptious combination of shrimp and garlic. Anytime you have 1” circles of garlic in a dish, you know I’ll be happy!

Course 3 : Alcachofas Fritas
Crispy artichokes with Romesco sauce and shaved Manchego cheese
The artichokes in this dish were fried perfectly, and a squeeze of lemon topped it off just right. The Romesco sauce was particularly delish, and we plan on trying to replicate it at home sometime soon.

Course 4 : Trigueros con Romesco
Grilled Asparagus with Romesco sauce and shaved Manchego cheese
Does this dish sound familiar? Yes, just substitute the asparagus for artichokes and you have the same as course 3. The course was good, but nothing to write home a blog about.

Course 5 : Paella Valencia
Valencia rice with saffron, chicken, chorizo, mussels, shrimp, and salmon
We were looking forward to the most classic of Spanish dishes, but we were a bit disappointed. The salmon over-powered the rest of the flavors and yellow hue just seemed a bit fake. It’s always hard when you know you could make it better yourself… We did manage to keep our meal veg though :)

Course 6 : Cajeta Churros
Cinnamon coated fried pastry with chocolate sauce
The churros were a perfect end to a wonderful meal. They were fried to perfection and had a great filling. The dipping sauce seemed a bit like watered down Hershey’s syrup, but it didn’t ruin the overall taste. We would definitely return for these churros…

All in all, we had a great time at BARcelona, and thank Devour Downtown for organizing a affordable way to try out different restaurants. After dinner we enjoyed some coffee and a walk around downtown, a perfect way to extend your weekend to an extra day.

~ Alex

For other Indianapolis Devour Downtown blog reviews see:
A Taste of Tango here.
Euphoria here.


Kirk said... @ September 5, 2009 at 9:43 PM

Wow, that looks delicious (and that says a lot coming from a meat-lover :) You can cook that artichoke dish for us anytime!

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