It's time for local brewer Cerveses Moritz to launch their first gastronomic tour in the city, and they're doing it in their signature style, with care and looking to stay out of the mainstream and do things just a bit differently.
Don't screw up your face and turn up your nose - this is not another massive food event involving two dozen restaurants and where you can get quality tapas but also run the risk of queuing up for a blob of mayonnaise and brands of drinks you've never heard of.
The idea here is to create a gastronomic route but divided up by neighbourhoods and centred on a product that's representative of each barrio. As any good seaside area would do, Barceloneta kicks things off with the prawn as protagonist. From Thursday, September 4 and until October 31, eight spots in the neighbourhood will be serving up their own prawn- or shrimp-based tapa plus two small bottles of Moritz for just €5.
Bar Peninsular (Mar, 29) takes us to the south of Spain with their shrimp cake, and Bodega Fermín (Sant Carles, 18) offers up a Ferminet of prawns with Iberian ham. Keeping in character, Surf House (Almirant Aixada, 22) goes international with a prawn quesadilla, and at Santa Marta (Grau i Torras, 59) you can try their prawns done in the Italian 'saor' style of marinade.
At Filferro (Sant Carles, 29), one of the best-known eateries in the barrio, they've got a delicious dish that's light and refreshing in their prawn and citrus fruit carpaccio. Cal Papi (Atlàntida, 65) is banking on their strength, with a tapa of prawn omelette with a touch of garlic mounted on bread.
Also throwing their hat into the ring is Nou Ramonet (Carblonell, 5) with a skewer of prawn, cucumber and cherry tomato with a citrus sauce that's ideal as an appetizer. And if you don't want to leave Barceloneta without trying the famous 'bomba', the barrio's most famous tapa made of potato and meat shaped into a ball and lightly fried, be sure to head for La Fresca (Maquinista, 8), where you'll get a garlic prawn 'bomba' with squid-ink-tinted garlic mayonnaise. It'll make you weak in the knees.
Each one of the restaurants and bars has a map to guide you along the prawn route so you don't miss a bite.