Each part of the world comes with it’s own unique flavours and distinct cuisine. It doesn’t matter where you are from, you probably think your country’s cuisine is the best. However, in the era of globalization, a new trend has emerged: fusion food. Fusion is the beautiful practice of traditional and old flavours coming together to create something new. Spain, especially Barcelona, is no stranger to fusion. Let’s take a look at how foreign cuisine has made it’s way into Spanish culture.
Empanadas, the small flaky pastry of your dreams, originate from Latin America. Each distinct type can be traced back to Chile, Argentina, or Brazil. However, as Spanish speaking people from Latin America have moved to Spain, they have brought their delicious cuisine with them. Now empanadas can be found in many restaurants and bars in Barcelona. Their small size lend themselves to tapas culture, and the possibility for filling is nearly endless, meaning they are often blended with more traditional Spanish flavours.
Looking where to try some of the best empanadas in Barcelona? Las Empas in Gracia has charming decor and diverse flavours of empanadas are definitely worth checking out! Find them at Carrer de Francisco Giner, 6, 08012 Barcelona.
Tacos, much like empanadas, share a colonial history with Latin American. This easy to eat finger food is relatively easy to make, and absolutely delicious. In Spain, tacos are available in nearly every Mexican restaurant. Here, while they take inspiration from the Mexican tradition, they are made from Spanish ingredients, such as Spanish fish, Iberico ham, or local beef.
If you’re looking for tacos in Barcelona, Pikio Taco is top good to miss. They combine traditional Mexican tacos with locally sourced ingredients. Find them at Carrer de Còrsega,
376, 08037 Barcelona.
It’s not hard to imagine Spain would have some of the best Arab fusion food. Due to its close proximity to Morocco, rich and spicy flavours have blended with the Spanish tradition of tapas. This includes using herbs such as thyme and sumac, and fruit such as dates and figs to fuse with the rich flavours of Spain.
Looking for the best Arab-Spanish tapas in Barcelona? Check out Ziryab in the Gothic Quarter, Carrer dels Ases, 16, 08003 Barcelona. They use quality ingredients and blend more traditional local tapas with Middle Eastern flavours to create interesting, spicy and flavoursome dishes.