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

The best restaurants in Barcelona for Asian cuisine

Iki

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.

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Eixample

Indochine Ly Leap

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.

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Eixample

Koy Shunka

Critics' choice

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.

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El Gòtic

Yashima

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.

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Les Corts

Kuo

Critics' choice

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.

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Sarrià - Sant Gervasi

Bangkok Cafè

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.

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Les Corts

Chen Ji

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?

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Eixample

Mosquito

Critics' choice

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).

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Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera

Betawi

Critics' choice

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.

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El Gòtic

Doble Zer00

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.

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Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera
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