Bitesize chunks of fish and rice all wrapped up for moreish consumption… Sushi?
It’s always a good idea. But finding a great sushi restaurant can be a difficult task. Although Spanish and Catalan cuisine dominates the restaurant scene in Barcelona, the city is also home to several amazing international eateries, sushi restaurants being just one of them.
Here’s our top five places where we like to indulge in Nigiri, Sashimi, and everything inbetween.
The Five Best Sushi Spots In Barcelona
Kibuka Sushi Bar & Restaurant
Although Kibuka retains a more traditional Catalan interior with its arched ceiling, stained glass windows, and long bar, these designs translate perfectly into a Japanese style of dining. The lengthy bar is ideal for drinking Sake (a rice wine from Japan) while the simplistic style of its wooden tables are complimented effortlessly by Japanese motifs. The overall effect is a welcoming one - perfect for a relaxed evening with friends or special someone.
Kibuka can be found in the Gràcia neighbourhood, just off Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia where locals gather for evening drinks before dinner. Its menu is varied and the chefs get very creative with unusual ingredients. Some of our favourite dishes include salmon and avocado with Japanese tartar sauce and mint, tuna tartar with fresh basil and kiwi, and white fish with langostine, lime and coriander.
As well as sushi, Kibuka also serves hot dishes such as tempura vegetables, lightly fried tempura sushi rolls, and noodle dishes to warm you up in the cooler months. For a real dive into Japanese cuisine, we recommend the green tea mochi for dessert!
Kibuka also has a second location (Kibuka Sushi Bar & Drinks) on Carrer Verdi just a few minutes’ walk away, meaning you can continue the Japanese-inspired fun all night long.
Carrer de Goya, 9, 08012 Barcelona
Calle Verdi, 64, 08012 Barcelona
Ikibana has three sites in the city (Parallel, Sarrià, and El Born) and challenges the fishy basics of this Japenese delicacy. The restaurant fuses Japanese food with Brazilian cuisine, letting diners experience a truly unique meal which dips its toes in both the East, and the West!
The Ikibana restaurants have a cool yet modern feel to them, encouraged by the amazing woodwork that graces the restaurant ceiling and its seating area. It truly is a unique culinary experience you don’t want to miss!
Specialities at Ikibana:
Tempura Vegetables with Prawns and Squid
Prawn Tempura Maki with Avocado and Mayonnaise covered with Fish Roe
Meat and Vegetable Noodles Japanese Style
Avinguda del Paraŀlel, 148, 08015 Barcelona
Carrer del Dr. Fleming, 11, 08017 Barcelona
Passeig de Picasso, 32, 08003 Barcelona
Not only is the menu at Koy Shunka extensive, but with a name that translates to intense seasonal flavour, it’ll be hard to talk yourself out of visiting this sushi joint.
The restaurant is located in the heart of the city just off Via Laietana. Its been designed with a focus on the huge central kitchen surrounded by a wide sushi bar of cedar wood. We recommend trying to get a seat on the bar as it gives the best views of the culinary show!
As we’ve mentioned, the restaurant’s menu is huge. Therefore, we prefer to taste a bit of everything and like to order Koy Shunka’s tasting menu which consists of eleven dishes (and also desserts). That way you can sample Japanese noodles (somen), caviar, grilled oysters, raw fish niguiris, and wagyu veal tataki with wasabi sauce, as well as much much more.
At Sushifresh they offer raw fish fanatics fresh sushi for home delivery or takeaway and use only the freshest of ingredients (hence the name.) With a more simple decor than Ikibana and Koy Shunka, its the perfect place to meet friends for a delicious yet afforable meal.
Like Kibuka, Sushifresh is in Gràcia and has an open kitchen meaning you can watch the chefs preparing your order while you wait! The restaurant prides itself on giving its customers five years of service, something we think definitely warrants a visit!
With leafy decor making you feel like you’ve just stepped into Japan, Robata serves up a delicious Japanese grill-style cuisine with dishes of meat, fish, vegetables, and sushi rolls cooked using the traditional technique.
At Robata, the sushi is finished off on the grill to give it an incredible crispy coating. They also offer a range of homemade desserts served as double portions, perfect to share with friends or just eat by yourself.
Robata is an excellent choice for a mid-range restaurant that offers tasty sushi and an effortlessly cool vibe.
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