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Chef Ruscadella has been awarded a total of five Michelin stars for her exquisite cuisine in previous restaurants, more than any other female chef. She takes her unique take on Spanish cuisine to this beautiful restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental. Diners can enjoy the beautifully lit space inside, or if the weather is good, enjoy their meal on the terrace. The food is a mix of unexpected flavor combinations that manages to be restrained and allow the flavors to speak for themselves. Desserts are an event on their own - in order to enjoy them best, diner should order them at the beginning of the meal and save plenty of room for them.
Smack bang in the middle of the bustling Boqueria market lies this small tapas bar. A favorite among the locals, El Quim de la Boqueria is known for its fabulous Catalonian breakfast offerings. Mouth-watering fare like Tortillas, Sautéed Squid (with garlic, olive oil and eggs), Lamb Strips (in dark beer) and lots more are available at reasonable prices. So grab one of the available seats and enjoy your drink with Chef Joaquin Márquez Durán's delicious offerings.
If you came here when it opened in 1786, you could have eaten lunch for the equivalent of less than EUR0.01! Check out the walls, adorned with documents, photos and paintings that record its long and illustrious history and that immortalize the famous guests they've served over the years. As for the food, it is entirely homemade, traditional Catalan fare, like cannelloni, Spanish tortilla, meatballs with cuttlefish, duck with plums and fried cod in generous portions. The restaurant fills up every day with regulars and curious tourists alike.
Just down the street from the Condes de Barcelona Hotel is its famous restaurant, Lasarte. Reserve a table here and see why it is arguably the most sought-after eatery in town. Taste the delicacies that the chefs skilfully put together, usually consisting of Catalan specialties that the country is known for. The interesting list of deserts also needs a special mention. Located in the heart of the city, opposite the Gaudi Pedrera, this 18th-century structure is worth a visit, both for its food and ambience.
A revered culinary establishment of the city, Senyor Parellada celebrates Catalan cuisine. Gracefully decorated, the restaurant's interior is a tribute to the place's colonial roots. Furnished to entertain larger parties, the hotel's courtyard is filled with an amber hue emanating from august chandeliers that accentuate the exquisite art adorning every wall. The menu replicates the grace of the decor through quintessential dishes served with thoughtfulness. Fresh from the ocean, the seafood-laden paella is a must try here closely followed by the meaty duck breast or pork cheek.
El Xampanyet is one of the city's liveliest tapas bars, and it has been serving some fabulous cavas, fresh cider, anchovies and tapas since the 1930s. Located close to the world-famous Picasso Museum, this place draws a huge number of tourists, who simply adore the lovely atmosphere, the colorful decor and the friendly staff.
This charming Barcelona eatery is decorated with rich wood details exuding a warm atmosphere and seems to always be buzzing with activity. They offer the simple and popular kind of cuisine in the colorful bar area: Pintxos (Basque tapas) and Montaditos (bread with tapas on top) filled peppers, Croquettes and Cod Tortilla. The back of the restaurant features long dining tables for and more complex menus with Basque cuisine for those looking to stay awhile. Their desserts are wonderful, especially the Mil Hojas De Manzana (apple pastry).
Petit Comité is a great place to come if you want to experience traditional Catalan cuisine. In addition to focusing on preserving culinary tradition in every detail of their dishes, they are also dedicated to recreating "lost" Catalan dishes and bringing them back to life. Some favorite dishes include Iberian Ham with Toasts, Cod Catalan Style and Catalan Custard. The warm and welcoming interiors make this a pleasant place to try out a real taste of Catalunya.
Bar Mut is a deluxe bar in L'Eixample that attracts affluent patrons for enjoying premium wines, cocktails and liquors, paired with gourmet tapas platters. It is mostly visited by locals rather than tourists and has a friendly, yet sophisticated, vibe. While the prices are on the higher side, good drinks and conversations abound at this place and more than make up for the rates. The interiors are classy and have numerous vintage elements, creating a nostalgic feel. On weekends, guests can attend live music events featuring melodies that appeal to the upper classes.
This eatery has been in business since 1836 and has built up a loyal clientele that always packs the place. It serves traditional Catalan cuisine, with a few good ideas from Cantabria and Galicia thrown in. Try the Mixed Steamed Vegetables or Butifarra Amb Mongetes (sausage with beans). Follow that with one of their famous rice dishes, such as Arròs A Banda (like a two-course paella) or Arròs Negre (rice cooked in squid's ink).
Ca l'Isidre is a traditional restaurant that serves modern versions of typical Catalan dishes. A loyal clientele of regulars continues to come back for favorites such as monkfish stew with clams and potatoes, grilled duck liver with caramelized tangerines and veal tripes with chickpeas. The owners are seasoned professionals who offer an excellent list of wines with an emphasis on Catalonia and Rioja as producers. You'll find the walls decorated with old photographs, lithographs and paintings by well-known Catalan artists like Guinovart and Cuixart, showing Barcelona as it used to be.
O Meu Lar treats you to an unrivaled experience of Galician cuisine. Its Galician culture-inspired interiors, coupled with its friendly staff and warm atmosphere sets the place up brilliantly for an enjoyable meal with friends and family. Through the use of traditional recipes and imported ingredients, chefs at this restaurant manage to replicate the original flavor of the dishes, albeit with a hint of modern influences. Do try the special aged beef sirloin, veal churrasco and lamb shoulder, for a shot at something different yet divine.