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Mam i Teca, Eating Local in Barcelona

Lunch at Mam i Teca, Barcelona

A few weeks ago, after a glorious road trip through Basque Country, Mamma Parla and I stopped in Barcelona for a couple of days. Our objective was to discover restaurants, markets, and shops specializing in locally sourced ingredients. At Mam i Teca we hit the jackpot.


Alfons Bach’s casual and unpretentious eatery serves delectable local dishes in a single dining room on Carrer de la Lluna in the Raval quarter. We started with an assortment of small plates, including serrano ham, which was beautifully marbled and possessed a richly nutty flavor.

Lunch at Mam i Teca, Barcelona

We also had two cold dishes that consisted of tuna, anchoives, and bits of salt cod. One was a variation on Mamma Parla’s famous summer salad of white beans, chopped tomatoes and onion, and high quality canned tuna.

Lunch at Mam i Teca, Barcelona

These were followed by eggs with little local shrimp and asparagus tips. The eggs were fluffy and buttery, the shrimp were sweet and the asparagus brought a delicate bitterness and crunchy texture.

Lunch at Mam i Teca, Barcelona

Local mushrooms with peppers and asparagus were a seasonal delicacy worth a flight.

Lunch at Mam i Teca, Barcelona

Ribs with blood sausage and chickpeas were heavily seasoned with coarse black pepper. The ribs fell off the bone, the blood sausage disolved into a savory liquid on the tongue, and the chickpeas were firm and earthy.

Lunch at Mam i Teca, Barcelona

We paired the meal with Almogaver, a craft beer made in Barcelona.

Mam i Teca’s fresh, seasonal ingredients and Alfonso Bach’s thoughtfully preparation put this restaurant high on the list of Barcelona’s gastronomic destinations.

Carrer de la Lluna, 4
08001 Barcelona, Spain
934 413 335

2017-02-17T15:26:22+00:00 August 6th, 2011|Categories: Barcelona, Beer, Food & Wine, Restaurants, Spain|11 Comments


  1. HK Epicurus August 6, 2011 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    I feel so ashamed that I still haven’t even started blogging about Barcelona from end of last year ­čśÇ And now I’m in Australia and trying not to repeat the mistake…. blog before it becomes too late ! : )

  2. bryan nugent August 6, 2011 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    spannish black pudding is great so much sweeter than our scottish stuff

  3. jon p August 6, 2011 at 10:10 pm - Reply

    That place looks pretty great. I like that beer label. What is it, some sort of ale? Good?

  4. Frank August 7, 2011 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    That ham looks unbelievableÔÇŽ actually, it all does! I have been wanting to get to Barcellona for years now. Should have done it when I was living over in Europe but I guess it’s still not too late. Save me a table!

  5. Mamma Parla August 8, 2011 at 4:24 am - Reply

    This place took us by surprise…incredible meal from start to finish. Best mushrooms I have EVER eaten! Definitely worth the flight. I did not understand everything Alfons was saying but it was apparent that he is very passionate about serving locally produced food and that he goes to great lengths to do so. Zero KM at it’s best!

  6. bryan nugent August 8, 2011 at 11:33 am - Reply

    Frank I can’t promote this company but maybe worth a look if you need some ham http://www.delinostrum.co.uk/

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  8. Jen November 7, 2012 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    Planning on going to Spain later this month- definitely will check this place out!

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  10. nick October 3, 2013 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    Everyone, I have to say after many years of being loyal to Mam i Teca and recommending them to friends and all I have stopped doing this. One lunch with friends I was served a tuna that was off, needless to say I spent the next 6 hours in gastro purgatory. The following day I received a cursory reply from these guys and nothing more, not even an apology.

  11. nick October 3, 2013 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    I would add I do wholeheartedly agree with all your other choices on this blog and would like to invite you back to try the amazing croquetas at El Xiringo in Barceloneta.

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