3 AM at the kebab roulette wheel.
Armed with only a crumpled up fiver, an iron stomach, and a hope for a better tomorrow, you begin the sacred inebriated plea to Saint Shawarma…
Oh ye kebab, greasy companion of the night, do me no harm for I come in peace.
And yet it doesn’t have to be like this, oh faithful readers. Because just when you thought it was all substandard shavings on stale bread, Barcelonahacks strikes again!
Best Kebab Barcelona
34 years ago a Lebanese man named Jihad (yes, I know) came to Barcelona to study pharmacy, ended up marrying a Catalan woman, and became a Barcelona kebab pioneer.
It’s said that he marinates his ‘home-stacked’ lamb spits between 2 and 4 o’clock every morning. The shawarma is obviously the star here though I strongly advise you try the falafel or the incredible homemade hummus. The price is right so be prepared to queue.
Without a doubt the most famous and possibly the best Barcelona kebab. The perfectly spiced artisan meat spits are well known to several generations of Barcelonians. You’ll almost forget the tacky decor and irritating music.
Small homemade pita breads are stuffed to the brim but you may still consider seconds, even if you’re full … pure kebab bliss for €3.70! Get the house hot sauce if you dare.
Dionisos Quick Greek
In my opinion the best kebab in Barcelona. Right in Placa George Orwell. Here we’re talking about Greek-style gyro meat on freshly made pita bread.
I knew this place would be good when the owner apologised profusely for not having any hot sauce. He explained that it was made fresh daily and they’d run out – and that he wouldn’t be caught dead serving that ‘pre-made shit’. Try some of the baklava for a tasty dessert.
An optimal location in the heart of the Gotico and a Barcelona kebab institution since 1982 . The meat is tough to beat but why not try the the best falafel in Barcelona? Here it’s all about the durum kebab (a type of flatbread roll and not a pita).
The larger portions here will fill you up. Make sure to tell them ‘sin picante, por favor‘ (not spicy, please) if you can’t handle a bit of heat.
El Cocinero de Damasco
At this family-run joint you’ll find multiple generations of shawarma shredders dating back to a grandfather’s Damascus restaurant, hence the name. Falafels are rolled out and fried right before your very eyes and thrown in a thin, pancake-like bread.
The mint and gherkins take it to a whole new level! Did I mention the meat? More homemade spits with the perfect blend of spices. You’ll pay a bit more here (€4.50) but it’s worth every penny.
At Bismillah they cook the meat on the spit and then cook it again on the grill with all sorts of delicious veg. The kebabs are served in naan bread homemade in their tandoori oven. The chicken tikka masala, chicken curry, and shish kebab platters are also ridiculous value (€4.50 with chips or rice with salad).
Add a spoonful of their thyme-infused yogurt sauce and a hit of salsa picante and you guessed it! Flavourtown, population: you.
There it is. Please let me know if I’ve missed anything in the comments below, and as always don’t forget to follow me on Facebook!
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