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Feb 11, 2010 02:50 AM

Chinese New Year in Barcelona?

I realise this is a tall order since this board is mostly tourist driven and nobody comes to Spain to have Chinese food, but I'll try my luck anyway.

Are there any nice, inexpensive Chinese restaurants in Barcelona that are doing something on the 14th for Chinese New Year? Someplace that won't break the bank and that doesn't serve patatas bravas or paella? I'd like some actual Chinese food. I don't care what region it's from, whether it's rustic or refined, spicy or not. I'm just looking for some good food and a party. The best thing would be to find a place that does yum cha (dim sum) with cart service, but I'm not keeping my hopes up.

So, am I dreaming or is this possible?

Thanks in advance for any help,


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  1. Real Chinese is hard to find here. Real Chinese doing a party is probably going to be even harder. This place...

    ... is apparently throwing a bash this Saturday:

    I have no references for this place, I found it just looking for Chinese New Year recs. A quick Google search turns up favorable reviews, but mentions that the menu contains Chinese, Japanese and Spanish items.

    The only "real" Chinese I've ever had in Barcelona is a shoddy little place in my neighborhood called Rio Dragon, run by magician who does magic tricks while you eat. Sounds cheesy but the food is legit. If you ask natives here what's the best Chinese place they know, many will say Rio Dragon.

    I've also heard good things about Memorias de China, which is more upscale.

    Not sure if they are doing anything to celebrate, though.

    There is a huge Chinese population here. Unfortunately, the restaurants cater to Spanish tastes and therefore not authentic. So yeah, dim sum is going to be hard to get your hands on.

    1 Reply
    1. re: shiromaguro

      Thanks for the tips, shiromaguro. I had found Shanghai 1930 as well. Their New Year's party is 59€ per person, though. That's a bit over my budget.

      I've been meaning to go check out Horta-Guinardó. I guess now I have a good excuse.

    2. Try Mosquitos (near Mercat Santa Caterina near Born) for 2 reasons:
      - their dim sum is supoosed to be handmade
      - the owner likes to throw parties.
      I did not get around to trying it last xmas and am still boohoo-ing.

      4 Replies
      1. re: Parigi

        Mosquitos looks very intriguing. And they have a very interesting selection of beers. From reading a bit about it around the internets, it sounds like some sort of Pan-Asian tapas bar. I must admit that the word Pan-Asian usually makes me run for the hills, but beggars can't be choosers.

        1. re: SnackHappy

          "I must admit that the word Pan-Asian usually makes me run for the hills"

          Quoi que...
          I once had very good Czechoslavian-Chinese dumplings from a place called "Navratl und Wong" in Vienna, back when fusion did not exist but Czechoslavia did.

          1. re: Parigi

            We tried Mosquito last night, and we quite liked it. The Spanish bar with a Chinese kitchen concept is fun. They have a very nice selection of beers and the food is really good. We had some xiao long bao, har gao, vegetable jiaozi, char siu bao, pig ear, Chinese steamed bread and something called alberginia bang bang.

            Overall, everything was quite good. The dumplings are made à la minute. Although the dim-sum were not the most refined I've ever had, they were very tasty. The xiao long boa were juicy and meaty, the har gao had chunks of shrimp but the skin was a bit thick. The jiaozi were delicious. The pig ear was a bit overcooked. The meat was starting to fall off the cartilage and didn't have much chew to it. It tasted great though and the cartilage had a nice crunch. Alberginia bang bang was cold eggplant with a sesame dressing. It was a nice contrast to the hot dishes.

            We had two problems with the place, though. First, the service was very spotty. We often had to get the waiter's attention in order to get anything and even then he forgot us. The other problem is that the place is incredibly smoky. I know we're in Spain and this is a bar after all, but even so it was too much for us. After we finished our first beers and our food we would have liked to linger, have another beer and maybe a bit more food, but the smoke was just unbearable. It's too bad they don't have better ventilation because we would gladly go there again if it weren't for the damn smoke.

            1. re: SnackHappy

              Very good report, muchas gracias.
              You must know that pig ear is a New year dish, no?
              The smoking in some of those tapas bars! Don't get me started. The worst are those small pintxos bars in San Sebastian. I feel sorry for the staff who has to breathe 95% smoke and 5% oxygen.