A bit of colour in this rather grimy part of the City is always welcome, and this branch of the three-strong Barcelona chain does its best to bring some Spanish dash to proceedings with its bright mosaic patterns and dramatic tiles. The food doesn't break rules or challenge boundaries, but it's good, authentic stuff and diners appreciate the seriously good-value offering – most dishes are priced at a fiver or less for the likes of deep-fried baby squid with lemon, tortilla española, albondigas and patatas bravas; otherwise, you might splash out on some top-notch ibérico ham or sharing-size paellas. The drinks list is a love letter to Spain, with numerous cavas, sherries, wines and brandies, although slow service remains a regular bugbear. Thirsty early-evening customers will appreciate the offer of half-price beer and sangria (5-7pm only).
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