It was a warm afternoon, we'd eaten ice cream and wondered around the electrifying Park Güell with no real idea of where to stop for a bite to eat...
We basked in the knowledge that we had a full day ahead, but first we needed fuel.
I can't remember who recommended La Panxa del Bisbe, but I'm so glad they did. It's one of those cool, word of mouth gems, slightly aloof places and not pretentious. Off the beaten track, if you're not looking for it, maybe you'd miss it. And believe me, you do not want to miss out on the exciting take on modern tapas.
In a nutshell the food here has a creative twist, portions are small, but on this occasion that's what we were looking for. Less is more and all that. Order the octopus on a bed of watermelon and mash - it was sensational, fresh, seasoned and so beautiful, we could have eaten the entire creature.
As each dish came in true tapas style we could not believe how how every bite went above and beyond what we expected. The potato croquettes - warm, smooth, balanced flavours that ping around the mouth, leaving you wanting more.