The barracuda is a ray-finned fish known for its large size, fearsome appearance and ferocious behaviour. Very dangerous… But winter day in Castelldefels showed us a different meaning of this name!
“We just thought, Let’s do a simple good restaurant on the beach without thinking about it too much. I just wanted good calamari, fish and paella, this should be the norm everywhere, but it isn’t.” says Guido Weinberg, the founder and former banker from Argentina, who arrived in Barcelona in 2001 to work for a large restaurant group before branching out.
Tribu Woki, which in English means “tribe of woks”—its first restaurant cooked takeaway food in woks, now has nine restaurants and six markets in Barcelona. Barracuda is the part of it.
“…For me, if you have really good produce and it is simple, it can’t be beaten.”
Barracuda, Weinberg’s casual seaside eatery in Barcelona, epitomizes that philosophy. The Andalusian calamari with tartar sauce features meltingly tender squid, with a slight crunch from tiny cubes of cornichons. The dark-hued seafood paella initially looks overcooked, but once you taste it, you realize its density comes from being saturated with umami and fresh seafood.
Castelldefels is located about 20 km southwest of Barcelona, just to the north of the massís del Garraf and is the last town on the coast before the comarca of Garraf. The town is famous for its long beach (more than 5 km), for being the place of residence of many famous sportsmen and for being the city which inspired the creation of the character „El Neng de Castefa” who used to appear on the late night show called „BFN” hosted by the showman and presenter Andreu Buenafuente. During the summer, many people from Barcelona and the countryside visit it.
THE BEST PAELLAS IN BARCELONA
The tastiest paellas in Castelldefels are served in Barracuda. You’ll find it right on the beach and if you’re in Barcelona it’s the ideal place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a few hours. Its terrace and menu are the most popular for miles around. The kitchen serves rice dishes and fresh fish from the market all day. If you come by car, you can use the Hotel Playafels car park –providing there is space– available to Barracuda customers for just 8 euros a day.
The appetite for classical Catalan cuisine is obviously growing. Tribu Woki is opening three more organic markets and another restaurant in the coming year, and the focus will remain on high-quality, simple produce and dishes. Weinberg thinks food fashions go in cycles: “It swung too far toward technique and science and now is swinging back toward simplicity and product. This is also my philosophy—I like the idea of bringing things back to basics.”
For us – Barracuda is number one in Barcelona! 🙂 #iespressolifeQualityAward