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Las bravas del Vivanda
Foto: Cristina RecheLas bravas del Vivanda

Bravas: more than just a potato

Chop potatoes. Fry. Serve with spicy sauce. Easy? Well, not everyone gets patatas bravas right, so here's our guide to Barcelona's best

Ricard MartĂ­n
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Ricard MartĂ­n
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Bar MarĂ­n
  • Bars and pubs
  • Tapas bars
  • Sant Andreu
  • price 1 of 4
A family has run this place for the past 30 years and they're keeping their bravas recipe close to their chest.
  • Bars and pubs
  • Tapas bars
  • La Nova Esquerra de l'Eixample
  • price 1 of 4
The chef's special sauce includes minced chorizo sausage, tomate with roasted chilli and home-made mayo.
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  • Bars and pubs
  • Tapas bars
  • Sants
  • price 1 of 4
A mini serving of whipped bravas topped with a garlic, chilli and paprika sauce – what happens when inspiration strikes.
Bar Tomás
  • Restaurants
  • SarriĂ  - Sant Gervasi
  • price 1 of 4
Best in town? Some say yay, others a big nay. We're not getting involved but the old place certainly merits a look-see.
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  • Restaurants
  • SarriĂ  - Sant Gervasi
  • price 3 of 4
These potatoes are roasted rather than fried and served with a bottle of spicy oil, so burn junkies can go all out.
La Taverna del ClĂ­nic
  • Restaurants
  • Haute cuisine
  • Eixample
  • price 3 of 4
Golden spud cylinders. Tasty red sauce. All topped with black sesame seeds, chives and Maldon sea salt.
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FĂ brica Moritz
  • Restaurants
  • Eixample
  • price 2 of 4
Their Catalan-style bravas come topped with garlic mayonnaise ('allioli') and spicy oil.
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Lata-Berna
  • Restaurants
  • price 1 of 4
OK, they're not bravas, but these meat-and-potato balls ('patates d'Olot') are a rich treat for carnivores.
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