“I would sooner be a foreigner in Spain than in most countries. How easy it is to make friends in Spain!”
― George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia
Two things: One I really hope you’re not hungry while reading this and two I am one of the worst food bloggers. Okay, maybe worst isn’t the right word but I have yet to find a word that means: forgets to take pictures of her food because she is enjoying too much and consumes it all!
Seriously though I really do forget to take pictures to share because when you find a great place to eat a camera is the furthest thing from your mind. I decided to breakdown the Barcelona eats section into two parts because a restaurant I stumbled across on Avinguda Diagonal, 508 deserves an entire section unto itself.
If you happen to find yourself in Barcelona I cannot recommend Cachitos highly enough. I couldn’t have been more happy to find it one afternoon while looking for a quick and light lunch. It was so good I actually went back the following night for dinner and wasn’t disappointed.
Decor: During the day, at the front of the restaurant, Cachitos feels like a modern version of an Alice in Wonderland Garden Party. Varying sizes of tables come in black and white stripes while the seats vary from wooden to upholstered with an almost Victorian feel to them. Whoever designed the layout and decor is a master and should be commended for integrating various styles that appeal to all age ranges. At night, during dinner I sat in the back which was truly a treat. The same decor follows down a mirrored hallway which no matter how I tried to photograph really has to be experienced in person. Oversized chairs and couches paired with an expertly crafted cocktail make you want to sit the night away in the company of great friends. I was there for four hours during dinner but easily could have stayed there long after closing hours. With fresh greenery and pops of red paired with muted lighting the entire place offers a warm, and hospitable atmosphere.
Service: I am no stranger to testing both the waitstaff’s and kitchen’s patience with my long list of allergies. In Spain this can be especially hard considering many of their local dishes feature seafood, of which I cannot eat :(. When you find yourself at Cachitos you are in excellent hands. Everyone I talked to was highly knowledgable of the menu and more than happy to help alter a few dishes to ensure I could both eat and enjoy them. Often, if restaurants change certain items to accommodate food allergies there always seems to be something missing. Not here! Fitting with the general Spanish attitude of late dinners and long hours spent at the table the staff there and in particular management spent quite a bit of time helping me pick the very best things on the menu and pairing it with the right drink. And, I know what you must be thinking but, it wasn’t the most expensive thing on the menu.
Now to the best part: Food: I’m really sorry to my readers that I didn’t take more pictures. But, you will have to take my lack of pictures as an indication that it was all delicious and preoccupied my thoughts! Everything was amazing! Seriously. But, seeing as I don’t know anyone who orders everything off the menu here are a few of my favorites:
The Goat Cheese Salad. The seasoning was perfectly balanced and I could have had about three of them!
The Caprese Salad. Now I know we are not in Italy but I always like to order a Caprese salad because it is a good indication of how the kitchen handles the simplest of dishes. What I really enjoyed about the one from Cachitos was the tomatoes had been blanched and peeled pairing each piece of mozzarella with half of one. The proportions were exact and the warmth of the tomatoes took this dish to another level.
The Duck Breast. Delicious, delicious, delicious. Definitely order it if you are there for dinner!
Dessert. Now you all know how much I love dessert and the fact that every course should be made up of sugar. At Cachitos all the desserts are made by hand, from scratch and in house. Due to allergy restrictions I was limited in my choice but that didn’t really matter in the end as the two I had were amazing. At lunch I finished with the vanilla sorbet. It didn’t possess an overpowering smell or taste of vanilla and was perfectly light in both consistency and flavor that you really couldn’t ask for a better finish to a meal. At dinner I had a strawberry mouse. I can’t remember the exact name of it but whatever it was I’ll have another please! Again it was light and fresh and the perfect proportion to make me not feel guilty after eating it!
My Favorite Thing: Almost every bar or restaurant I go to I always order an Espresso Martini either with appetizers or as dessert. At this point I have had so many I could probably be an official taste tester. So when I say that Cachitos has had the best Espresso Martini I have ever had that statement isn’t being doled out lightly. It was the perfect balance wherein the Vodka nor espresso taste was overpowering. To be honest it was a bit like coffee ice cream without being overly sweet and I could have drank them all night long. Well done!
If you find yourself in Barcelona definitely check out Cachitos. From the staff, to the ambiance, to the food you will not be disappointed!
*This post was not endorsed, promoted, or paid for by Cachitos. I just really loved it!
Avinguda Diagonal, 508