We searched high and low within the Barceloneta district for this tapas restaurant after seeing it continuously crop up in the 'best tapas in Barcelona' lists online and to be honest, the food quality did live up to expectation - the tapas we ordered was delicious, the menu vast and the time to serve the food nice and quick!
However, service wise the staff could really learn a thing or two. When we arrived the restaurant was busy but there were tables available, however as we were only a party of 2, we were physically stopped from sitting at a table with 4 seats and instead ushered into a small back room where we were placed as the only other table with a private birthday party of 12 people. The atmosphere in this back room was raucous and inappropriate for that of an eating establishment, making it very difficult to make conversation with my partner sat just opposite me.
When we didn't order vast amounts of food (we prefer to order a little tapas, then more if we are still hungry) the mood of the waiting staff instantly changed, they started to speak in Spanish at us, despite having previously asked, in English, if we would like to speak in English or Spanish and really couldn't get us out of the door quickly enough.
Overall, the food was good (but no better than other restaurants we ate at during the trip) but the poor service and unwelcoming atmosphere would prevent me from returning to La Bombeta again.
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