Barvale, on a corner of Divisadero and Grove, is a newish restaurant from serial restauranteur Adriano Paganini’s restaurant group (Super Duper Burger, Lolinda, Beretta, a Mano, etc.). Barvale’s theme is Spanish tapas. I had dinner here a couple times. Portions for the tapas are not too big so you can order a bunch of things. Since I was solo I didn’t try any of the larger raciones which the menu describes as being for two or more.
Lenguado Crudo ($3.50)
raw halibut shooter, spicy lime, tapenade
A nice ceviche-like halibut dish, served in a shot glass. Salty, acidic, and with a little heat.
Huevo Relleno ($2.50)
deviled egg, guindilla
A perfectly fine deviled egg. Lots of paprika.
Eggplant in a vinegary garlicky sauce. Good drinking food. Eggplant was nicely cooked and not too tender.
white anchovies, spicy sauce
This was ok, just four boquerones on top of some tomato sauce.
Pan con Tomate ($5)
toast, tomato jam
Also just ok. A good quantity, however the tomato topping was missing something - could have used some more salt/seasoning and maybe some more olive oil. Kind of bland.
jamon and bechamel croquettes
These were fine.
grilled asparagus, egg salad, lemon oil
Arroz Negro ($11)
squid ink rice, sepia, manchego cheese
Kind of mediocre. The rice was a little too soupy. No crust on the bottom. Lacking a bit of flavor - some aioli would have helped. Squid was well cooked though.
blood sausage, potatoes, onion
Pretty good blood sausage studded with little chunks of fat.
A bit of a meh first visit. I went back to Barvale on a meatless Monday. I thought the food was better this time.
Patatas Bravas ($8)
fried potatoes, angry sauce, aioli
A classic tapas dish that was well executed. Nicely fried crispy potato cubes in a very smooth slightly spicy tomato sauce, topped with a nice garlicky aioli. Very good. Would definitely get this again.
peppers, eggplant, burrata, olive oil, bread
This was kind of like a caponata - sweet and sour peppers and eggplant topped with some burrata cheese. Pretty good though the amount of burrata was a bit small.
mushrooms, manchego, garlic
You could add an egg to this for another $2. Big trumpet mushrooms sliced and grille, and then covered with a good bit of manchego. Quite good.
Tortilla de Patata ($5)
spanish omelet, pimento aioli
A classic Spanish tortilla - egg and potato omelette. This was very good. Tender and with a hit of paprika. Nice aioli on the side.
I thought Barvale was kind of a mixed bag. I liked my second visit better than the first. Would go back for the patatas bravas and the tortilla.