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May 12, 2006 06:07 PM

Sauc or Alkimia in Barcelona?

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Anyone been to either of these restaurants? Tell me ambience, fun/stiff/upscales; price; food; location.

Trying to decide and does anyone have web address for either?

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  1. I don’t know if either Sauc or Alkimia (or matter a fact, Cinc Sentits) fits your description of a “fun” restaurant. Both are casual (Sauc more so) but serious about food. The cooking is modern Catalan. The staffs are friendly but professional. Both are small, seating about 45.
    I ate at Sauc last October where I had the shorter tasting menu at 43E. There is a larger tasting menu at 56E. I find the food excellent, earthy yet contemporary. The chef had cooked at Abac. The restaurant is located in the Eixample, near Avinguda Diagonal. They have a website:
    I ate at Alkamia two years ago when I think the tasting menu was 60E. It had more courses than Sauc but in smaller portions. There was more use of foams and gelatins, etc. The meal had more ups and downs, though, overall I enjoyed the food very much. The atmosphere and decor of Alkimia is more in line with Cinc Sentits, more "designer contemporary" and little more formal than Sauc. The restaurant is near the Sagrada Familia. I don’t believe they have a website.
    If you’re are interested in modern Catalan cooking, either would be a good choice. But if you’re looking for a lively, people watching restaurant, neither would fit that description. I had answered an earlier post of yours where I suggested a couple of other places.

    1. Don't step foot in Abac.
      Alkimia and Cincsentits are a bargain pricewise compared to Scottish prices.
      Relaxed but serious about their food.
      Don't go near Abac they have no idea how to cook.