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Barcelona Tapas Restaurant Review: Xavier Laurentino’s Barcelona Tapas is a warmly lit, intimate establishment with hand-crafted carved wood tables and chairs and a hand-tiled bar. Typical dishes on the ever-evolving menu are shrimp in olive oil, garlic and paprika; piquillo peppers stuffed with salmon pâté; and “bombas,” potato croquettes with spicy beef filling. The chorizo in a sherry casserole is slightly addictive, as are the Mediterranean mussels. Laurentino’s appropriate wine list achieves a nice balance of light whites and substantial reds, including Spanish varieties that complement such hearty items as paella and rack of lamb. Barcelona’s bartender mixes a mean sangría. Finish with the "Sinful Vanilla Flan" for dessert. The best part of the experience may be Laurentino himself, who meets his guests and spends quality time at each table.