The 10 Best Asian Restaurants in Barcelona

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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.

Mosquito

Bar, Restaurant, Asian
Mosquito Tapas
Mosquito Tapas | © Anthony Abbott/Flickr

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.

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Shunka

Restaurant, Japanese, $$$
Sashimi
Sashimi | © chee.hong / Flickr

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.

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Dos Palillos

Restaurant, Asian, Fusion, $$$
Thai-style razor clams
Thai-style razor clams | Courtesy of Dos Palillos

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.

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Bun Bo Vietnam

Restaurant, Vietnamese
The modern décor of Ikibana
The modern décor of Ikibana | Courtesy of Ikibana

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.

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Ikibana

Restaurant, Diner, Brazilian, Japanese, Fusion, Sushi, $$$
The modern décor of Ikibana
The modern décor of Ikibana | Courtesy of Ikibana

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.

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Indochine Ly-Leap

Restaurant, Diner, Vietnamese, $$$
Fragrant Spring rolls © ollie harridge
Fragrant Spring rolls | © ollie harridge / Flickr

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.

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Koku Kitchen Buns & Gyoza Bar

Restaurant, Dim Sum, Asian, $$$
Gyoza
Gyoza | © Edsel Little

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.

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