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Jul 29, 2008 06:25 AM

Barcelona - Help!

My husband and I are leaving for Barcelona very shortly and I wanted to contact the concierge at the hotel to have them make reservations for us, but between this website, recommendations from another website and the hotel's recomendations, I'm a bit overwhelmed. After going through the hotel's recommendations, we had come up with the following as definites for lunch: El Mirador and La Fonda (with our other two lunches to be chosen on the fly). We will be there for four nights, so for dinner we had been thinking: Alkimia, Comerc 24 and PLA (we still need to come up with a fourth). Can anyone let me know if we're going in the right direction with choosing these places?

I also made a reservation for Can Fabes, but I think we are going to have to cancel as we are not renting a car and I am not sure what time the trains run until. Any input on this from anyone?

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  1. I would add "Quimet&Quimet" for a different twist on "tapas" (they are more like Pinxto than actual tapas).

    It's very, and literally a hone in the wall place, small, friendly, standing-up eating and drinking.

    There is also "Cinc Sentits" for something similar ...
    Also Moo and the Oom hotel (of the Roca brothers)

    1. You choices are all good and has a balance of modern and traditional Catalan cooking. Since seating through two large meals a day is too much for me, I would consider tapas/pinxto places for couple of light meals. Quimet & Quiment, mentioned on the above post is very good but it is somewhat out of the way in the residential Poble Sec. Other good places that have been covered on this board including Paco Meralgo (despite the popularity is excellent), Cal Pep which I am not a big fan, Taktika Berri for great pinxtos, the atmospheric Bar del Pi and El Vasco de Oro and the places inside the Boqueria.
      If you do not have a car, you would have to take lunch at Can Fabes as the last return train is around 22:30. It is an easy commute; check an earlier thread on getting there. If you do have the time and the budget, it is well worth the effort.

      1. The comments so far look good to me. Pla is a Med/fusion restaurant popular with many tourists. Both Alkimia and Comerç 24 (where I am a chef de partie) are El-Bulli derivatives serving very modern tapas rooted in local Catalan tradition. Cinc Sentits would be a good choice if you want something similar. If you have a sweet tooth, try Espai Sucre (check it out on the internet). I have to dash off now, but I'll suggest some less expensive places tomorrow. One really important thing is that many restaurants in Barcelona and most of the best are closed on Sunday and Monday.

        1. We were very happy with Alikimia and Cinq Sentits, but if you can only do one I would pick Alkimia. You may also want to consider trying one high-end traditional Catalan restaurant for a change from the cutting-edge. For this I recommend the one-star Michelin rated La Dama. The food is really wonderful and the art nouveau decor and old-school service add to the pleasure.

          1. You can't go wrong at both Alkimia and Commerc 24. For tapas, I AM a big fan of Cal Pep. For lunch tapas, go to the Boquería Market, but eat at El Quim. For more traditional Catalan 7 Portes is a classic, better for lunch (great paela). And for traditional at dinner, El Botafumeiro is also a classic.