Today’s post is going to be all about a lovely little restaurant in Barcelona city centre called Vigo, which was listed as having one of the best paellas in Barcelona which is a pretty bold claim but me and Zach were definitely not disappointed.
On our second night in Barca we were determined to find an excellent restaurant to eat at as the previous night we had wandered around somewhat aimlessly trying to find an authentic Spanish we were both happy with and ended up eating somewhere that was nice but not amazing like we were hoping for. We took to the ever-trusty Google to find the perfect place to eat and discovered Vigo, which was luckily only a 15 minute walk from our hotel.
The only thing Vigo didn’t have that was on our criteria was the rustic Spanish décor but everything else was a winner, it had a paella that wasn’t seafood (I hate seafood), a wide tapas variety, and a menu translated into English so that we actually knew what the hell we were ordering (I swear we looked like idiots practically everywhere we went).
As soon as we arrived they offered us bread and put olives on our table, Zach was extremely happy about this because he loves a good olive but I didn’t touch them cause ew. They were very quick to the mark getting our drinks order, I had a margarita which was delicious and Zach had a glass of red wine, I didn’t dare try it because I am not a fan of red wine at all but he assures me that it was an excellent wine.
To start we had two dishes of tapas, we opted for the failsafe patatas bravas and grilled Galician sausage because I am obsessed with Spanish sausage, especially chorizo but that wasn’t on the menu. Both dishes tasted incredible and the sauce provided with the potatoes was much nicer than the one we’d had the previous night which basically tasted like burger sauce that you get from a kebab shop.
We then moved onto our paella, which was chicken and mixed vegetables, they warn that this will take at least 30 minutes because it’s all cooked fresh but since we had the tapas to eat whilst we waited it really wasn’t a problem. Both of us were very excited about trying a proper Spanish paella and this did not disappoint. I’m no paella connoisseur but I can’t see how it could’ve got any better than this one, the chicken and vegetables were all cooked to perfection and the flavours were like little fireworks in your mouth. At this point we were pretty much in love with Vigo and wanted to go back the next day for lunch but sadly it didn’t open until 3 and we had to leave for the airport at 4 :(.
This night we were really willing to splurge as we had spent well under what we had budgeted and decided to be really greedy and have dessert as well. I opted for an ice cream and sorbet mix, with raspberry ice cream and passion fruit sorbet and it was simple but delicious. Zach had a crème brûlée which was really their only downfall, the bottom part of it was gorgeous but they held the torch on the top too long and it was slightly burnt and tasted like gas which was a shame but we decided not to say anything as the rest of the meal had been so lovely.
The only criticisms I can possibly think of for this restaurant is their burnt crème brûlée topping and non insta worthy decor, just look at those dark tables…
If ever you’re in Barcelona, I urge you to go to Vigo because the food was incredible as was the atmosphere in the restaurant and the staff were so friendly and helpful which made us feel really welcome.