As someone who advocates for home and hospitality exchange, I find so many reasons for not staying in a hotel. One of of the most important for me is finding where the locals eat. There’s nothing worse than being sucked into some tourist trap restaurant. Tonight I took a recommendation from my hosts here in Barcelona and had dinner at Toyo. Toyo is a little Japanese restaurant tucked into one of the old streets that my friends tell me used to be part of an old village. The restaurant didn’t open until 8:30 and by 8:10 there was a line forming outside. My 4-year old and I patiently waited as more and more people came.
As we were directed into our seats at the buffet (you know – one of those conveyer belt buffets) – I realized we were in the best seats, at the beginning of the buffet. I was ravenous and quickly snapped up delicious dish after dish – from grilled asparagus with sesame seeds to all kinds of sushi and chicken teriyaki. Even my daughter was satiated!
Dinner is only 15€ buffet for adults and 10€ for children. If you are in Barcelona – I highly recommend Toyo, it’s located at Torrent del’Olla 10-12. Thanks to my home exchange hosts, I was saved from another bad tourist meal. GRACIAS!