The 50 best restaurants in Barcelona: Asian cuisine

Our pick of the 15 best restaurants in Barcelona to sample delights from around the Asian continent

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The best restaurants in Barcelona for Asian cuisine

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Iki

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

The name of this Japanese restaurant describes a simple, efficient way of doing things; elegant but not ostentatious. They express this in dishes that unite Japan with Barcelona, ​​like tempura with calçots. Their yakisoba is fabulous, and they have an extensive, first-class sushi menu.

  1. Aribau, 174, Eixample Esquerre, 08036
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Indochine Ly Leap

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

A frenzy of Asia-inspired tapas, in which Ly Leap shows off his expertise with spices, citrus and aromatic herbs. This place is crazy: 1000m2 of jungle, where the tables are tiny islands suspended above water, with fish and everything.

  1. Muntaner, 82, Eixample Esquerre, 08011
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Koy Shunka

  • Price band: 3/4
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This is Shunka’s twin brother, and is a more sophisticated version; the menu is so extensive that you need to order at least eight dishes to get an idea of all the wonderful things they do here with sushi.

  1. Copons, 7, Gòtic, 08001
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Yashima

  • Price band: 3/4

Yashima is a traditional luxury restaurant where you sit at low tables as if you were in Japan. They've also got a coveted teppan (grill) that diners sit around, while the chef offers you whatever he's just cooked. It’s not cheap here, but the quality of the food and service make it worth the expense. Eating at Yashima is a real experience.

  1. Av. Josep Tarradellas, 145, Les Corts, 08029
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Kuo

  • Price band: 2/4
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Nomo's brother is a more intimate, gourmet experience. This restaurant combines classy Japanese cooking which brings in highly innovative combinations with Catalan cuisine (i.e. brie or foie ngiris). Just try their hot salmon ngiris and you’ll see what I mean. Or their amazing crab tempura with Padrón peppers.

  1. Madrazo, 135, Sant Gervasi, 08021
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Bangkok Cafè

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Half-delicatessen, half-cafe, this fantastic little Thai restaurant serves delicious Thai curries, heavy on the spiciness. And also excellent Thai beer to cool the inner fires brought on by the curries.

  1. Evarist Arnús, 65, Les Corts, 08014
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Chen Ji

  • Price band: 1/4

For some time now, Chen Ji has been known as the Chinese-Chinese of Barcelona – that is, an authentic restaurant without the usual ornaments such as red balls, dragons or illuminated panels with waterfalls. It’s the most normal place you could imagine, all very simple and practical. They have long opening hours. From 9am to well past midnight you can stop off for a bowl of noodles or soup, or try the self-service menu for about €5. What's that? You've never had steamed dumplings for breakfast? What are you waiting for?

  1. Alí Bei, 65, Eixample, 08013
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Mosquito

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Mosquito’s speciality is Chinese dumplings in myriad forms, but its tapas comprise a grab bag from all over the continent. The xiaolong bao (steamed pork dumplings) and crispy duck are more than toothsome, and a steaming bowl of Vietnamese pho with noodles makes for a sturdy lunch on its own. Mosquito also has excellent beers, some of which are brewed for the restaurant; the trigo (wheat) beer is especially good. Under the same ownership and in a similar vein (but less crowded), is nearby Red Ant (C/Tiradors 3-5, 93 501 68 60).

  1. Carders, 46, Born-Ribera, 08003
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Betawi

  • Price band: 2/4
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One of the few places in town where you can eat Indonesian. This small, charming spot with its little tables serves dishes such as chicken rolls with prawns and soy noodles, or fish wrapped in banana leaves.

  1. Montsió, 6, Gòtic, 08002
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Doble Zer00

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

A place that is much more than a mere Asian tapas restaurant. Its cuisine is mainly based on Japanese cuisine, with Latin touches, so you get dishes such as white fish ceviche rubbing shoulders with Japanese eel.

  1. Jaume Giralt, 53, Born-Ribera, 08003
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Om India

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Far removed from the sumptuous style of other Indian restaurants (and this is reflected in the price), Om India focuses on the Punjab region, producing dishes that are at the same time simple and generous (and their poppadoms are particularly popular).

  1. Floridablanca, 130 , Eixample, 08011
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Taverna Japonesa Wakasa

  • Price band: 2/4
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It seems that four tables and a Japanese couple are all you need to create some of the best sushi in Barcelona: grilled salmon nigiri, salmon and turnip makis... and Japanese desserts. It's your ticket to Japan without boarding a plane. Just bear in mind that they're only open at night (except on Sundays, when it's just lunch).

  1. Laforja, 140, Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, 08021
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Mayura

  • Price band: 3/4

Fusion of Indian and Mediterranean cuisine, against a backdrop of natural decor items from India. Cocktail bar opens at 10.30pm.

  1. Girona, 57, Eixample Dret, 08009
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Thai and Vietnamese specialities are fused with other cuisines to produce such delicious dishes as mackerel ceviche with daikon and shiso shoots, nori roll with goat and avocado, and chipotle mayonnaise. They do a scrummy steak tartar with fresh basil and pommes allumettes. And all that with good music as well makes it a lovely place to hang out.

  1. París, 162, Eixample Esquerre, 08036
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Momos

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

An Asian restaurant with a difference: they don’t do fusion cuisine, they just take the best dishes from each country represented. The chef and owner, Jordi Brau, lived in Southeast Asia for seven years, and came back with recipes for tuna tartare, gyoza and nems which, for price and quality, set them apart from the rest. As they say here, tapas with chopsticks.

  1. Martínez de la Rosa, 71, Gràcia, 08012
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