There is one specific reason to come here: navajas. But not the razor clams you’re used to. Rather, Navajas!!Navajas!!Navajas!!
This rather non-descript little spot, tucked away at the intersection of Sant Antoni and El Poble-Sec neighborhoods, is a semi-hidden gem. Not exactly on the tourist studded path, you’ll be pleased you made the trek. Serving excellent versions of many Spanish and Catalan classics, it’s the Galician-style navajas a la plancha (grilled razor clams) that will captivate your tongue and imagination. My companion, who had recently spent a month eating her way through several villages on the Galician coast while on holiday, attested that the bright green garlic, olive oil, and parsley brine coating the clams was indeed at least as good as anything she had on Spain’s northern coast. Probably better.
At a relatively friendly price point, including for the wines, this jovial and informal spot should be high on your list of places for a great meal. And, yes, you should get that second order of navajas.
Casa de Tapes Cañota, Carrer de Lleida 7, 08004 Barcelona, Spain