La Cova Fumada
If you’re looking for culinary authenticity it doesn’t get much more real than this. La Cova Fumada rocks! This is the place where you go on a Saturday morning and stuff your face with home-made, old-school tapas and shower them down with a jug of sangria or a cold beer.
There’s a little granny who takes care of the cooking, and it’s probably the same tapas she used to make 50 years ago. The menu is on a black board, and everything on it is tasty. They are famous for their bombas, so they are a must. They have some seasonal dishes too, like artichokes in spring and mushrooms in autumn. The restaurant doesn’t have a sign outside, so make sure you’ve checked the location on a map beforehand.
IN A NUTSHELL:
Atmosphere: Fantastic! Loud (in a good way) and fun!
Recommended: The bombas, and anything seasonal. Oh, and the chick peas with squid are delicious (although it might not sound like it).
Specifics: The place has really weird opening hours, so check that out beforehand. It’s usually open only for lunch, except for Thursdays and Fridays, when it’s open a bit later. Also look up the place in Google maps beforehand to know exactly where it is, because it doesn’t have a name outside.
Reservations: They don’t take reservations. If you come early you can get a table right away, but if you come a little bit later you just let the staff know how many you are and they’ll let you know when a table is available for you. You won’t get a table if everyone in your party isn’t present, so better to wait until all of you are there if you didn’t arrive at the same time.