It goes without saying that there are numerous wonderful restaurants in Barcelona. And I have been going there once a year for the past ten years, always for a 3-4 days. It is therefore challenging to find time to explore new restaurants during such a short visit; we are hard pressed to have enough time to visit all of our old favourites. There is a limit to how much one can eat…
Professor M would never skip a visit to this one, though: Pim Pam Plats (Rec 18). A man must have his burger, and this is usually the place we go to on our first evening in Barcelona. If burgers are not your cup of tea, the restaurant has several other dishes to choose from, either to eat in or take away.
|Pim Pam Burger
In the mood for some “proper food” for dinner? We always try at least one restaurant we haven’t been to before, and this one was conveniently just around the corner from our hotel:
Big Fish (Carrer Comercial 9) offers a combination of contemporary Catalan and Japanese cuisine. The portions are not too big, so you can have an appetizer and a main course without feeling that you’ve overeaten. And you should definitely not skip the appetizers here: I had some really wonderful tuna with silky smooth avocado mousse…
If you are looking for a 3-course meal, Elx is an excellent fish restaurant in the otherwise quite run-of-the-mill Maremagnum shopping centre. There are a few meat options, too, but why waste this opportunity to have excellent Catalan fish dishes?
For tapas, or as they call them in Basque, ‘pintxos’, check out Txirimiri (Princesa 11). Basque specialities and good wine are the ingredients for an enjoyable evening here.
If you prefer a light lunch, how about the Mandarin Oriental on Passeig de Gracia?
The Blanc Brasserie & Gastrobar (Passeig de Gracia 38-40) serves tasty small dishes and delicious desserts in a very stylish setting where Catalan and Finnish design meet to create a unique space that is cool and elegant.
|light lunch at Mandarin Oriental
Another great place for a light lunch is the quite busy and popular restaurant in the Mercat de Santa Caterina, Cuines de Santa Caterina. An extensive menu has something for everyone, from Asian to Mediterranean to fusion, from small snacks to several courses. Arrive early, though, as it fills up quite soon at lunchtime.
How about some coffee, tea, or maybe chocolate and churros? Well, there is no shortage of chocolate shops in Barcelona (read my earlier post here), but this little café caught my eye, mainly because of the lactose-free / gluten-free sign:
I guess they have a lot of Nordic customers… There were plenty of chocolate treats, and excellent coffee and tea (Petritxol Cafe, Carrer Petritxol 11).
I hope you enjoyed our little culinary tour.
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