Barcelona Tapas – Restaurant Week Puerto Vallarta

Another favourite restaurant of ours participating in the Restaurant Week 2015 is Barcelona Tapas. Perched high on the top floor of a hilltop building, Barcelona Tapas features an extensive menu of hot and cold tapas as well as their famous red or white sangria.

Since it was Wednesday night, Artwalk also was going on so we checked out some galleries before making our way to the restaurant. Vallarta has some great art right now and you can see them at one of the many galleries located in El Centro. This was the second last Artwalk evening of the season.

We reached Barcelona Tapas around 8:30pm, just in time to watch the sunset. We ordered a pitcher of red sangria, chowed down on some fresh-baked bread with olive oil and some complimentary potato salad.

Gorgeous view of the sunset and El Centro.

Gorgeous view of the sunset and El Centro.

Overlooking El Centro with a perfect view of the sunset.

Overlooking El Centro with a perfect view of the sunset.

A view of the inside of Barcelona Tapa.

A view of the inside of Barcelona Tapa.

After looking over the menu, we decided not to order the preset menu but instead order a la carte from the menu. The preset menu, 299 pesos, was good but there were too many other items on the full menu that we wanted to try or were our favourites.

Complimentary bread and olive oil along with some delicious potato salad.

Complimentary bread and olive oil along with some delicious potato salad.

We started with the spicy shrimp. The shrimp is sautéed in garlic butter with chilis, great for dipping your bread in afterwards. Next up was the grilled octopus, cooked to perfection. Our other choices were asparagus in a cream sauce, then pork tenderloin with white beans. We had to place a second order of the pork and beans it was just that good!

Grilled asparagus with a cream sauce.

Grilled asparagus with a cream sauce.

Grilled octopus. Mom, this was for you! Ha ha.

Grilled octopus. Mom, this was for you! Ha ha.

Last but not least, we had a molten chocolate cake for dessert. Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of the last two dishes, oops. Before you leave, a complimentary drink is served of tequila and baileys over ice. Quite delicious if you like sweet drinks.

All that food pushed us over the edge so we decided to walk home along the malecon. Victor, an avid heart collector, found an artist that made little heart boxes. I bought him one of his choice, one for my sweetheart, and we continued home.

Hearts on the melacon. Victor picked out a little hand made box with hearts.

Hearts on the melacon. Victor picked out a little hand made box with hearts.

Barcelona Tapas, it’s always good. Perhaps we will go back to try the preset menu. So many restaurants, so little time.

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Restaurant Week 2015 in Puerto Vallarta, La Cigale

It’s Restaurant Week 2015 in Puerto Vallarta where participating restaurants have 3 course menus for either 199 or 299 pesos. It’s an excellent time to visit not only for the amazing food but also because the weather is great. And since it’s now coming out of high season, it’s a lot quieter than usual. For me, this is a great time to see Vallarta without fighting crowds or being bombarded with honking horns or loud music. Mind you, that can be fun as well.

Our first restaurant to try during Restaurant Week 2015 was La Cigale. My partner, our friend and myself all love this little french bistro located by the Lady of Guadalupe Church. The food is always delicious and the ambiance is very Parisian.

Entrance and La Cigale sign

Entrance and La Cigale sign

The interior is cozy and pays tribute to its french theme.

The interior is cozy and pays tribute to its french theme.

We have never been to Vallarta in May. The days are long and the sun sets late. I took this picture at 8:30pm as we were walking towards the bistro. The sun was setting and cast a lovely glow against the church and adjacent building.

Evening sun casts light on the Lady of Guadalupe Church.

Evening sun casts light on the Lady of Guadalupe Church.

The special menu, for $299 pesos, had all the classics such as escargo, beef bourguignon and crepes. All the menus for this event includes your choice of one of three appetizers, entrees and desserts. I choose to have the french onion soup to start, the beef bourguignon as my entree and the crepe suzette for dessert. The soup was so good I dived in and forgot to take a picture!

Beef bourguignon over pasta.

Beef bourguignon over pasta.

The crepe suzette with flaming grand marnier over and vanilla ice cream for dessert.

The crepe suzette with flaming grand marnier over and vanilla ice cream for dessert.

I was NOT disappointed! Wow, the food was amazing as always. We also ordered some frites to start, just to get us going. The frites probably are the best in Puerto Vallarta, in my opinion.  The wine list at La Cigale is quite extensive too, we settled on a rose from Chile which was nice and light.

What a great meal to kick off Restaurant Week 2015! I’m looking forward to our next culinary adventure at one of the many participating venues.