During my visit to Barcelona we had researched some good sushi places to eat at since we had seen so many sushi restaurants about, which makes sense considering the sheer scale of the fish markets around the city.
I tend to spend a very long time reading up on reviews before I go to visit places, whether it be restaurants or hotels, I must be weird for genuinely enjoying reading people’s reviews. Of course, this place had nothing but fantastic reviews and a lot of mention of reasonable prices, which was handy for us considering it was coming to the last days of our 10 day trip in Barcelona, and we didn’t have a massive budget.
We had booked in advance for this restaurant, by the looks of it it seemed to get busy quite quickly but if you’re going out in small numbers you can probably find a seat.
The restaurant is super quirky, you walk through several different rooms with small tables scattered around the rooms with candles flickering. They have music to suit the edgy-modern restaurant, which is actually quite soothing in the background as it masks other conversations nearby.
Depending on where you are seated, you may see the chef’s at work. One side of the kitchen are the sushi chefs preparing all the fresh fish and rolls, and one side is the grill and hot food.
Service was super quick and the waitressing team were extraordinary nice, we found that most restaurants in Barcelona were accommodating but with the current issues with tourism in Barcelona, some were a little reserved and perhaps even a bit pissed that tourists were eating in their restaurant. This wasn’t the case for this place.
I am obsessed with sashimi so obviously, I had to order a couple plates of this. I do actually prefer sashimi to the rolls and nigiri. We ordered a plate of Salmon Sashimi (€5), Toro, fatty tuna Sashimi (€8), and the Seared Tuna with sesames, Tuna Tataki (€19).
Hands down the best cuts of fish I have ever eaten. The slices were thick but cut with such precision and accuracy, the fish almost melts into your mouth. The fresh wasabi is a superb creamy and spicy touch to the fish dipped in soy sauce. The Tuna Tataki is in a league of its own, with their own sesame sauce drizzled all over, there is no need for any added soy sauce or wasabi.
Next, we went for the 6×4 deluxe (€44), 24 pieces of sushi. The rolls are singlehandedly the most beautiful looking sushi rolls I have ever seen. The chef’s have carefully created the rolls with such care and attention. The pieces include from left to right, Wakamame, salmon, cream cheese, wakamame, avocado and topped with fish roe. Sake and Avocado, salmon, cream cheese, avocado. Classic California rolls with crab. El Negrito, tuna tartare, avocado, cream cheese and tobiko. Unicorno, hot crispy shrimp tempura, cucumber and spicy tuna on the top (my favourite, by a mile). Frisky, a roll with hot crispy shrimp tempura, cucumber and eel.
What was interesting is before we ate, the server told us to eat from left to right, as this worked up the spicy-ness. Each mouthful we ate, was a burst of different flavours, sensations and textures. It was truly amazing to eat such a diverse range of sushi, things we would never usually order. We waited and ate each piece in sync so we could comment on the flavours and experience the whole thing together. It truly was an experience as well as the best sushi I had tasted.
We loved it so much we ordered another roll of the spicy tuna topped roll, (€15).
Another thing in Barcelona is in the sushi restaurants, cream cheese is a big thing. We went to a chain Sushi restaurant that was nearby that got the cream cheese and sushi thing completely wrong, but that’s another post that can wait. Interestingly though, the cream cheese in the sushi in Robata is not one you can taste. It lifts the dish, rather than adds a mushy creamy cheesy texture like the other restaurant.
A five star meal, a meal we still talk about and wish we could eat again. If you love sushi and are visiting in Barcelona, please make this place a must-do eat. It’s not traditionally Spanish, but if you’re a little tapas and paella-ed out, taste the freshness and excellence of the fish at Robata. You won’t regret it.
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