Pioneers in Barcelona in the import of Valencian cuisine, Elche's star dish is their black rice with squid and artichokes, bursting with sea delights, vegetables so fresh you can actually distinguish each one, and perfectly cut and cooked squid. The secret behind their very popular rice dishes is a base of Bayo Extra from the Ebro Delta, a hybrid between long-grain and bomba varieties that’s consistently flawless in texture and taste.
Eating paella in Spain is a rite of passage. It is one of those things you simply have to do, like drinking Guinness in Dublin or eating pizza in Naples. Yes, there is a cliched element to it, but forget your cynicism and dig in. We all need more delicious food in our lives, and the best paella in Barcelona is just about as dictionary definition ‘delicious’ as it gets.
Paella has its origins in Valencia (a simple day trip down the coast), but you’ll find plenty of options in Barcelona if you’re looking to sample this most traditional of dishes. Of course, the people of Barcelona will argue that their rice dishes (found on menus as arròs, not paella) are better than the others, but we’ll let you be the judge of that.