I love Barlata. I am not sure exactly what tickles my fancy about the place. I have eaten better tapas, had better service and seen better decor but yet something still pulls me to the place. The last time I was there was a few short
hours after gorging at Cotogna. I decided on Barlata as I can sit outside with my dog and my two year old son can run around without offending any serious diners. Lisa and I were meeting dear old friend Jim Laffer and hopefully Cindi and Jackson. We were the first there and immediately commenced ordering food and two bottles of Spanish wine. We plowed through the menu of familiar dishes and laughed with Jim. I love going to Barlata because it feels like putting on an old comfortable well worn shoe. No surprises – you know exactly what to expect. A perfect place to enjoy being.
One of my favorite category of dishes there are their Latas. They use old tin cans as serving dishes. It is a novel concept in our country where everything is disposable and we certainly dispose of it.After stuffing ourselves for a second time we headed to our car completely sated… I chuckled at the Beer is Good sign and thought of all my beer making buddies who would raise a pint at such a sentiment!
Barlata is located at 4901 Telegraph in Oakland. Reservations can be made at: 510.450.o678 and you can see their menu at: http://www.barlata.com/index.html