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Sep 4, 2013 08:45 AM

Carles Abellan?

As anyone heard of a location and/or date for the previously announced opening of Tapas de Barcelona from Carles Abellan in Old Montreal?

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  1. That's an interesting name, since tapas are not really traditional to Catalonia and a lot of the dishes at Tapas 24 are based on Castilian and Andalucian classics. I guess, in this case, marketing wins over accuracy.

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    1. re: SnackHappy

      isn't marketing about "shaping" its own accuracy?

      I actually agree, its sounds academic to me. But I must mention that the name of the restaurant has not been officially reported. However, if that name is selected, it would be the first of his restaurant bearing his name. Is it really necessary, or even beneficial?

      I doubt it, but I'll be the first to visit anyway.

      1. re: Edwidge

        From his twitter feed, it's called Tapas 24, not Tapas de Barcelona, but there's been no news since March, so I'm not holding my breath (although I sure hope it will open, and hasn't been shelved).

        1. re: Edwidge

          Well, if it does get named that way it would be equivalent to calling a place Massachusetts BBQ by Todd English.

      2. I feel like it's not coming soon or not going to happen at all. Or at least not with the same people. It was suppose to open with the MTL Cuisine group, but they've been working forever on their new restaurant Racines and the only other project to come on their website is Le Victoire (in collaboration with Portus Calle) for 2015.

        1. Looks like Abellan is out. The page dedicated to the Montreal opening on his website has been erased for a couple of days...

          Oh well...

          1. According to this list from, it's still in the plans:

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              1. re: Glaff

                There's nothing on his web page anymore, so you have to wonder who has the correct info...

                1. re: cherylmtl

                  It's still in the list (the menu on the right) on this page though:

                  1. re: Glaff

                    That link is broken... doesn't lead anywhere...

                    1. re: carolilas

                      Anyone know whether it was ever an active link?

                      1. re: Siumaieater

                        The link use to be active but it only led to a canadian flag and nothing more. No location was ever mentionned and no opening date either (on that link that is).

              2. A month or so ago, the SAQ's Cellier magazine did an elaborate piece on Abellan opening a Tapac24 in Montreal. I'll be at the actual BCN location next week so I can ask around

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                1. re: Siumaieater

                  I didn't actually end up going since, truth be told, the restaurant is not that good and rather overpriced.

                  1. re: Siumaieater

                    How did you come to that conclusion? I've eaten there three times, loved the food and didn't find it at all expensive.

                    1. re: Siumaieater


                      I've eaten at Tapas 24 and and Comerç 24 and had a good time at both places.

                      Comerç in particular was not at all overpriced. (I don't remember what it costs at Tapas 24).

                      1. re: Siumaieater

                        I can understand that, for tourists, the the place is quite fun, the food reliable, as well as relatively cheap when compared to other dining options that visitors tend to seek out - such as Alkimia, Cinc sentits and Tickets.

                        However, I've spent a lot of time in BCN since my wife is from Catalonia (which means my son is also Catalan), and all of her family is living there. So I guess my comment is more relevant from a local standpoint. Essentially, Tapac24 dishes up some spanish and catalan bar classics that are typically very very cheap in family run eateries and market bars, such as huevos estrelladas (their version of poutine), bikini (their version of grilled cheese), ensalada russa and omelette. Except that his prices are jacked way up for tourists.

                        In a country where you can get a top quality 3 course meal (including (1) Pan con Tomate; (2) a stew of potatoes and cuttlefish; (3) an entire grilled dorade straight out of the ocean; (4) crema catalana; and (5) glass of nice emporda wine) for 14 euros, Tapac24 is definitely overpriced. Which is not to say that it is not an enjoyable place. But if you're going to remain in BCN for any length of time, you will quickly outgrow this sort of place. This sort of traditional catalan and spanish cuisine was never meant to be glossy.

                        That being said, in MTL I will surely line up to get my hands on those beloved classics with the understanding that they'll be more pricey because, well, I am not in BCN and there is no other option... The magic of supply and demand.

                        1. re: Siumaieater

                          I don't wan't to get too much into it, since this is the Québec board, but I get where you're coming from. I went there when I was living in Barcelona and on two of the three occasions, I was there with visitors or expats. It's not an everyday place and the crowd is about 50% tourists, but it is visited by locals and there's a reason. The food is above average, it's inventive and fun, and it's delicious and I think it's worth the money. Yes, it's touristy and bourgeois and there are more authentic tapas joints even in Barcelona. And yes, traditional Catalan food is awesome and affordable, but that doesn't mean the place isn't worth trying IMHO.

                          That being said, I probably will not go to the Montreal incarnation. It'll probably be too big and phony as well as out of my price range.