WIAW: Barcelona Wine Bar

13 Aug

Ok guys, so I think I was more excited to write this post than any other that I have written before. This past Saturday night I had the absolute pleasure of enjoying a meal at Barcelona Wine Bar in West Hartford, CT in celebration of Natasha’s bachelorette. I had great expectations of this restaurant based on Caitlin’s reviews but I was completely blown away by the entire experience.

Our group arrived and we were promptly escorted up to a private table in what I would describe as a “loft” overlooking the rest of the restaurant. The restaurant was absolutely beautiful and the private table really gave even more of a celebratory feel to our dinner. Prior to the meal, the individuals planning our dinner (aka. the awesome bridal party) had decided we would do a fixed price meal where we would be served nine different tapas along with red and white sangria and a family style dessert. I am going to be honest in that I didn’t get pictures of every dish so I am going to share with you some of my favorites.

All of the ladies at dinner

All of the ladies at dinner

The first thing that was brought out was Barcelona’s amazing bread with olive oil for dipping. I probably ate half a loaf myself just dipping it in all of the wonderful sauces that were in each dish.

I love carbs.

I love carbs.

One of my favorites were the jamon croquettes, which were little fried balls of ham and cheese. These were so rich and delicious and we all agreed that it would really be tough (on our stomachs) to eat more than one or two even though we all wanted a plate full of them.

The sauce on these was also exquisite.

I would have to say that my second favorite dish of the entire evening would have to be the whipped sheep’s cheese. OHMYGOD. I think I ate half of that serving dish. I’m pretty sure that this was my first experience with sheep’s cheese and it certainly will not be my last. It had a similar taste to goat cheese (which is my favorite) and it was so incredibly flavorful.

There are really no words for this.

There are really no words for this.

We also enjoyed a TON of calamari which was so fresh-tasting and not too salty as calamari can often be. Melissa, Daniela, and I definitely devoured a large portion of that dish and another one that was brought out as well.

The sheep's cheese was creepin on the calamari

The sheep’s cheese was creepin on the calamari

I really liked the variation in the different tapas that were brought out and I was really happy that some veggies were incorporated as well. The squash a la plancha was incredible and I would love to figure out how to replicate the sauce that it was sitting in. There is nothing better than fresh and local veggies combined with a unique sauce.

I love me some summer veggies

My absolute favorite dish of the evening literally made me scream in joy when the waiter brought it out. The truffled duck egg crostini incorporated all of my favorite foods into one amazing dish. It was an egg placed on top of a piece of crostini covered with a generous helping of what was either sheep’s cheese or goat cheese with some truffle flavoring included as well. The flavors were explosive and this has to be one of my favorite dishes of all time. It was rich and earthy and creamy and I can’t wait to go back and order this again (maybe more than once). I ate more than half of the portion that our side of the table was given (thank you ladies!)

This dish was everything and more.

Now, let us talk about dessert. When they said family style dessert, I was pictured a platter of different pastry-type desserts. We were completely blown away by the amazing assortment of desserts that was put before us. I loved the churros but my favorite was definitely the flan catalan which totally surprised me. I have had flan and didn’t really enjoy it due to the texture but this was completely different and now I’m thinking the flan that I have previously had was ALL wrong. It had a much smoother consistency and I could taste the rich caramel flavor. I would definitely order this again!

There were lots of oohs and ahhs when these platters came out.

This was one of the best meals I have ever enjoyed in a wonderful atmosphere with the best people 🙂 Our server Rob was so attentive and friendly and put up with all of our silliness. I can’t wait to visit Barcelona Wine Bar again and try more delicious tapas.

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3 Responses to “WIAW: Barcelona Wine Bar”

  1. Caitlin August 13, 2014 at 9:11 am #

    Oh I just love love love Barcelona and am so glad that you got to go and experience it! I was so psyched when I moved within a mile of a Boston location 😀 I always have some Barcelona! Anything they do with an egg is stellar and yup that sheep’s cheese IS everything.

  2. Lisa August 13, 2014 at 9:37 am #

    That food look delicious! The egg looks perfect!

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