El Rey de la Gamba is located in the port area, the night was chilly so we avoided the restaurants facing the water. In warmer weather, that is where you probably want to be. As in many parts of Barcelona, the restaurants are lined up one next to the other. I happened to pick this particular one after checking out the ambiance and menus (even in Tapas restaurants the menus do vary) of 3-4 other before deciding on this one. I typically like to look at a few plates and if I like what I see, that is the place I choose.
In proving my point that you can find an equivalent dish wherever you might live when you know what your looking for, I have had better Garlic Shrimp and Sardines in local restaurants then I have had so far in Spain. But I am not giving up.
Fried sardines is a very simple dish that only requires fresh whole sardines, salt, pepper and olive oil. These were mediocre at best, so I suspect they were not super fresh.
Garlic Shrimp—this dish was missing a few key ingredients like chili peppers, red pepper and chunks of garlic.
As you can see from the darker than usual color this cut of beef is not what I’m accustomed to and hence the flavor and texture was a bit different. Not bad, but not my favorite either.