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El Tarantín (CLOSED)

  • Restaurants
  • L'Antiga Esquerra de l'Eixample
  • 4 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

The motto of Paola di Meo (dining room) and Miguel Portillo (kitchen) at Tarantín is 'serious Caribbean cuisine'. They're from Maracaibo, a place whose name echoes of pirate cannons. The pair aim to establish a small repertoire of signature cuisine inspired by recipes from the Caribbean and open to Afro-Caribbean influences as well. They've turned an old phone shop into a type of inland beach cabana, and they've done in-depth research on street food. The short and changeable menu gets right to the point, with six tapas and seven mains: the yucca balls filled with delicate smoked jerk chicken are excellent.

Representing the Dominican Republic is the 'mofongo', a dome of rice, fried plantain and species that they make with veal cheeks. And you'll find a tender duck magret that, roasted in a banana leaf and with vegetables and spices, generates its own delicious sauce, and worlds apart from any duck you may have had with cream that totally throws off your digestion. On the set lunch menu (around €13), they put rocksteady rhythm into Mediterranean recipes, and also feature simple dishes, such as 'channa aloo', an aromatic vegetarian curry with chickpeas from Trinidad and Tobago.

Ricard Martín
Written by
Ricard Martín


Aribau, 186
Eixample Esquerre
Diagonal (M: L3, L5), Provença (FGC)
Opening hours:
Mon closed; Tue-Sat 1pm-4pm, 8pm-midnight; Sun 1pm-4pm
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