The recent craze for Asian cuisine in Barcelona has seen even more restaurants open, meaning today you are spoiled for choice. Whether you’re in the mood for a fragrant Thai curry, some fresh sushi, or a wholesome bowl of ramen, these are the best Asian restaurants in Barcelona you need to check out.
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One of Barcelona’s most popular Asian restaurants, Mosquito serves mouth-watering ‘Asian tapas’ inspired by the flavours of China, Korea and Vietnam. The kitchen is particularly renowned for its buns and gyoza, steamed or fried, while behind the bar you’ll find a rather impressive selection of craft beers from Barcelona, Germany, Belgium and beyond.
Don’t be in a rush to eat when you visit Ramen Ya-Hiro as there is invariably a queue outside its door. Widely regarded as the best ramen bar in Barcelona, Ramen Ya-Hiro makes its stock daily which is cooked for some 15 hours to achieve the right concentration of flavours.
If you’re in the mood for Thai food, El Petit Bangkok is one of the city’s favourite places for fragrant Thai classics bursting with flavour. The menu includes a range of pad dishes (cooked in a wok), as well as Thai curries, noodles and hot and cold starters such as spicy satay skewers and spring rolls.
Barcelona has been going mad for sushi for some time now and if there are hundreds of sushi restaurants scattered around the city, few have achieved the same status as Shunka. The kitchen work only with the finest fresh fish and abide by traditional techniques and recipes from the art of sushi making. For an even more upscale experience try its Michelin-starred sibling, Koy Shunka.
A humble restaurant located in the heights of Barcelona, near the neighbourhood of Sarrià, Koryo serves home-made Korean food at affordable prices. You’ll find classic dishes such as bibimbap, udon noodles and of course plenty of kimchi as well as a special bento dishes for lunchtimes.
What happens when an ex-elBulli chef – five times voted best restaurant in the world – turns his hand to Asian – Spanish fusion? Barcelona gets Dos Palillos, a Michelin-star restaurant combining the best of Asian and Spanish culinary traditions. For a special experience book around the open kitchen in the back or for something more informal pick à la carte at the bar in the entrance.
A pell-mell of some of your favourite Vietnamese food, Bun Bo Vietnam describes itself as serving ‘Vietnamese inspired food’. Of course you’ll find dishes such as Bánh Mì, Pho soup, spring rolls and bún bò as well as curries, rice dishes and a rather tantalising selection of Asian-inspired cocktails.
The tradition of Brazilian-Japanese fusion food dates back to the early 20th century when migrants from Japan settled in Brazil and started cooking the way they had always known how but using the ingredients they could find locally. Sushi is accompanied by exotic fruits, the classic Brazilian picanha steak gets an maki twist – Ikibana offers a unique dining experience you won’t find anywhere else in Barcelona.
The first thing to strike dinners at Indochine Ly-Leap is the décor – wall to wall with lush green plants and traditional furniture, you’ll feel transported to a tranquil Cambodian temple. Picking from the best of south-east Asian cuisine, the kitchen discards the shackles of tradition for the sake of offering a more personal interpretation of Asian cuisine according to the owner, Ly Leap.
Inspired by Asian street-food culture, Koku Kitchen Buns & Gyozo specialises in the little parcels of steamed goodness – or banh bao – that you can find on the street corners of Vietnam and beyond. There are traditional fillings and some more creative ones, as well as spicy Korean chicken wings, glazed pork ribs, kimchi, spring rolls and more. Alternatively, step downstairs to the gyoza and ramen bar for, well, we’ll let you guess.