Betlem - Corner Bistro that Delivers

 
Betlem Barcelona

I am always on the lookout for that perfect tapas bar. You know the one that has a friendly atmosphere, where you know you can get a table right away if you come early, that has a nice wine selection, where you can always have that favourite dish of yours but where they also surprise you with seasonal options. Betlem checks all of those boxes, it was love at first sight.

Salmon tartar with yuzu and calçots, Betlem, Barcelona

Salmon tartar with yuzu and calçots, Betlem, Barcelona

Baby squid with samfaina, Betlem, Barcelona.

Baby squid with samfaina, Betlem, Barcelona.

Betlem has been on my list since a long time, I had heard great reviews from several friends. It’s not a trendy place that everybody is talking about, which often is a good sign. The restaurant itself is not big (it has a private dining room upstairs you can book though), but just that perfect size for something casual. I love the atmosphere, if you come early you get some peace and quiet, and as the evening turns into night so does the volume and the fun.

Grilled octopus and escalivada, Betlem, Barcelona

Grilled octopus and escalivada, Betlem, Barcelona

Crab-filled ravioli, Betlem, Barcelona

Crab-filled ravioli, Betlem, Barcelona

The menu is great. It changes with seasonal options, and it’s really difficult to decide between all the great-looking dishes. We had a fun salmon tartar with calçots and yuzu, and baby squids with samfaina, both truly delectable. We also opted for the ravioli filled with crab, coconut and lime, and grilled octopus on a bed of escalivada. For dessert a traditional mel i mató, a perfect ending for a perfect dinner.

Mel i mató, Betlem, Barcelona

Mel i mató, Betlem, Barcelona

The kitchen is open all day, huge bonus points for that! I love my early dinners..! It’s also great for dropping by for a vermouth or a glass of wine, they have many good ones to choose from.

Address: Betlem, C/ Girona 70.