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Back to Barcelona -- new recommendations?

#1 Post by Kevin Sidders » May 31st, 2019, 6:30 am

Was there 6 months ago and prior threads here provided some excellent wine and food recommendations (Gresca and Monvinic, specifically). Curious if anyone has been recently or what other ideas might be worth considering.

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#2 Post by etomasi » June 20th, 2019, 1:03 pm

Wine bar in the gothic quarter - Zona D'Ombra. their bar food is pretty solid as well, but don't expect a meal.
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#3 Post by Steve Anderson » June 20th, 2019, 6:32 pm

Can Cisa - Bar Brutal is also in the Gothic Quarter. Mostly Natural/Biodynamic wines, but an inch thick list full of gems. Lots of Jura/Ganevat, Northern Rhone, Austria and of course Spain. Food was good as well.
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#4 Post by Jay $$ Winton » August 15th, 2019, 11:20 am

We're there in November so any recs appreciated. Our hotel is the Marriott Edition. Our plan is to take one or two day trips.
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#5 Post by Joshua Kates » August 16th, 2019, 4:41 pm

Petit Comitè de Nandu Jubany was sort of a hidden gem when we were there 2 years back-upscale versions of traditional Catalonian food, freshest big shrimp, I can still remember it, solid winelist and really nice people. Quimet et Quimet also in Gothic is old school wine and small plates (tin seafood concoction). (BTW, our Catalonian friends tell us tapas brought to Barcelona by Franco and is not authentic.) Q&Q definitely has been discovered, however, and can be a bit of a zoo, though there are still locals who also frequent. Go early and be prepared. Our favorite stand at La Boqueria is not the one every body recommends (Bar Pinotxo), which we also tried, but Kiosko Universal in far corner--again, just incredible seafood, and also sausages and mushrooms.

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#6 Post by Jay $$ Winton » September 12th, 2019, 9:06 am

Do you need to book well ahead for the restaurants? We're hoping November will be less crowded and less touristy.
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#7 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » September 12th, 2019, 10:17 am

we loved pakta and cinq sentis, tickets is great too

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#8 Post by Mike Cohen » September 12th, 2019, 10:57 am

Had a phenomenal meal at Bar Mut. Would go back in a heartbeat.

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#9 Post by David Kaufman » September 12th, 2019, 12:54 pm

Teóric Taverna. Incredible dinner when I was in Barcelona this summer. Sit outside if the weather allows. Will need reservations in advance

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#10 Post by Jay $$ Winton » September 12th, 2019, 1:51 pm

Thanks for all this.
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#11 Post by Jay $$ Winton » November 9th, 2019, 7:19 am

Final prep for our arrival next week. Any other recs?
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#12 Post by Ramon C » November 11th, 2019, 6:09 am

Bar del Pla in the El Born neighborhood.

Delicious creative tapas, aside from robust local wines, wine list includes many non-Spanish offerings as well as on the natural side of the spectrum. Must reserve in advance.

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#13 Post by SZZimmermann » November 11th, 2019, 6:35 pm

We very much enjoyed LaSarte a Michelin three star. As I recall it wasn’t crushingly expensive.

Also for day tours I suggest that you use Context Travel. We have gone on over 15 of their tours.
They limit the group to six and the leader has an advanced degree or is a professional in the field, ie an architect lead a tour of Gaudi. They are also in a number of European cities.
I also recommend visiting the gaudi church at sunset. There is amazing light that streams through the church.
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#14 Post by SZZimmermann » November 11th, 2019, 6:41 pm

We also enjoyed eating at Disfrutar.
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#15 Post by Howard Cooper » November 12th, 2019, 7:10 am

We had dinner at Monvinic in October and really enjoyed the evening. So many wines to try, so little time.
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#16 Post by mark rudner » November 12th, 2019, 7:48 am

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are those btg offerings?

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#17 Post by Ron Slye » November 18th, 2019, 11:38 am

Jay $$ Winton wrote:
November 9th, 2019, 7:19 am
Final prep for our arrival next week. Any other recs?
Any quick feedback. I am in Barcelona at the moment but mostly have work events. Not sure I will have time to stray. But if you found anything on your recent visit, or are still here, let me know.

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#18 Post by Jay $$ Winton » November 20th, 2019, 8:18 am

Ron Slye wrote:
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Final prep for our arrival next week. Any other recs?
Any quick feedback. I am in Barcelona at the moment but mostly have work events. Not sure I will have time to stray. But if you found anything on your recent visit, or are still here, let me know.
Restaurants, activities etc?
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#19 Post by mark rudner » November 20th, 2019, 8:21 am

everything please jay!

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#20 Post by TR Barry » November 21st, 2019, 3:30 pm

Ron Slye wrote:
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Any quick feedback. I am in Barcelona at the moment but mostly have work events. Not sure I will have time to stray. But if you found anything on your recent visit, or are still here, let me know.
I would second the Bar Brutal rec from earlier. When I visited in April we enjoyed a great meal at Hoja Santa, one of Albert Adria's restaurants. Might be a long shot getting in but if you're solo you might have luck. Those were the only two nights I was able to escape the hotel we were cooped up in for our sales meeting sadly. Looking forward to following this thread as we'll be back again next April.
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#21 Post by Jay $$ Winton » November 22nd, 2019, 7:45 am

Ok, we generally winged it on restaurants. Barcelona has so many small restaurants in their numerous alleyways that it's fun to walk by a place,check out the vibe and walk in. The three star michelin was closed the evening we were planning to try it, our bad for not checking. Everyone said do a paella meal and we did. Well done but we get good seafood in the Mid Atlantic so I wasn't wowed by what we had. We sat at the bar at Cecconi's Barcelona on the waterfront for a good meal. Marlon our bartender was great. We did a Context tour of Gaudi's Barcelona which was fun but they didn't tell me there was a marathon near our hotel and no taxis so we had to scramble to get to the meeting place. We also walked to the castle, took the funicular, and then the tram up for great city views. Overall, DC has gotten so expensive that I found prices reasonable and cheap for wine (Spanish of course). Also, the euro was close to parity with the dollar which helped. Many eateries seem to acquire well aged Riberos for excellent pricing. Pennybanger was a fun bar with good live music. Marvin Gaye, Al Green and 70s Motown are very popular based on what we heard around the city. We though our hotel in the El Born neighborhood was well located. Barcelona is a great city to visit and November meant crowds were reasonable. A good trip though flying BA codeshare on Iberian from London was the cheapest service I have ever experienced, they charge you for water!
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#22 Post by mark rudner » November 22nd, 2019, 9:09 am

jay
could you have done the gaudi stuff without a tour and been ok, and are there any restaurants/tapas bars you particularly enjoyed?

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#23 Post by Jay $$ Winton » November 22nd, 2019, 12:40 pm

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could you have done the gaudi stuff without a tour and been ok, and are there any restaurants/tapas bars you particularly enjoyed?
As I knew little about Gaudi, having a prof of art history who is from Barcelona discuss his work, his role in Barcelona's society, and point out all the little things (roof top not flat to allow water runoff etc) that made him ahead of his time, was valuable to me. YMMV.

Ok, my wife reminded me Tapeo for tapos but seats were incredibly uncomfortable, still the food/wine was excellent. Arcano was good as well (nice setting and they had a 2007 Ribero for about $45). Gorge yourself on the Iberian ham. I did and I'm not a ham fan in general. We brought back some from 5J and Joselito. At one of the bars we visited, the bartender was grooming (I can't think of a better descriptor) the ham. Unique.
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#24 Post by mark rudner » November 22nd, 2019, 1:28 pm

thanks jay. gorging on ham sounds like a "when in rome" thing even if you don't generally like it.

one last question. how long was the gaudi tour? i've barely got 3 full days there so trying spread myself around without making it unbearable.

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#25 Post by Jay $$ Winton » November 22nd, 2019, 1:58 pm

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thanks jay. gorging on ham sounds like a "when in rome" thing even if you don't generally like it.

one last question. how long was the gaudi tour? i've barely got 3 full days there so trying spread myself around without making it unbearable.
Tour was three hours. They have shorter ones. Wear comfortable shoes suitable for standing and climbing stairs.
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#26 Post by Jay $$ Winton » November 23rd, 2019, 11:07 am

Forgot to say the Picasso museum is well worth it and also pay for the temporary exhibition.
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#27 Post by Michael Bowden » December 3rd, 2019, 10:11 am

Fantastic meal at Cocina Hermanos Torres

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#28 Post by Howard Cooper » December 5th, 2019, 4:38 am

mark rudner wrote:
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#29 Post by Howard Cooper » December 5th, 2019, 4:42 am

mark rudner wrote:
November 22nd, 2019, 9:09 am
jay
could you have done the gaudi stuff without a tour and been ok, and are there any restaurants/tapas bars you particularly enjoyed?
Reminds me of what Woody Allen once said about a speed reading course he took. He said after taking the class he read War and Peace in 5 minutes. It's about Russia.

Depends on how in depth you want to get.
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#30 Post by mark rudner » December 5th, 2019, 7:09 am

i only have 3 days howard. i think i'll take a guided tour of sagrada familia, but just casually visit the other gaudi highlights
thanks

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