Best affordable Barcelona's modern catalan place
I'm heading to BCN next month, and am looking for a good modern cusuine catalan place.
I've been searching here and around the web,and found some recommended places: Cinc sentits, Commerç24, Alkimia, OMM ,etc.
Could someone recommend a one of the above places(or somewhere else) which don't break my bank account? : )...Somtehing like 50-60 euros tops per person(wine included)....
Thank u all
I'd suggest a place called Routa (http://www.restaurant-routa.com/). It was very exiting and modern food. The guys who run this place are from Finland and they make very innovating food. I haven't seen the amount of details before. I think that the other guy has worked in Fat Duck previously. We all so had a dinner in Alkimia, which was a very good also. Routa had that something "wow-factor" that Alkimia didn't. In the picture is Routa's "lobster salad"
We are in Barcelona as I write this. Had lunch at Comerc 24 today. 64 euro PP for seven plus courses.....very, very good. It was well presented and the taste of most of the courses was wonderful. Not the greatest personality..service efficient but not warm at all. Wine Steward really knew his wines and suggested a fantastic white at a great price.
A budget of 50 to 60E per person including wine is pretty tight for any of the top modern Catalan restaurants, especially if one chooses a tasting menus. One might be able to it at Hisop, Coure and L’Olive if one chooses a very modest wine or by the glass. All three are very good; Hisop being the most adventurous. Your budget would probably allow you to order a simple a la carte meal at most places without any problem. Probable exceptions are Abac, Drolma, Arola, Moo at the Omm, and Lassarte. Since Comerc24 serves everything in tapas portions, you might be able to order 4 or 5 dishes per person with wine and still within your budget. I am not sure a la carte is the best way to go at most of these restaurants. From my experience, much of the food is best tasted in small portions.
Most adventureous: Alkimia
Most consistent food: Cinc Sentits (I think Cinc Sentits offers a simple lunch set menu that is very reasonable; that was couple of years ago and I can’t vouch for how good it is or if is still offered)
Best food: Sauc (not as molecular as some of the others but the chef used to cook at Abac, which serves the best modern Catalan food in Barcelona; just as good and without paying for Abac’s trappings).
Most fun: Comerc24
Best overall experience: Gaig
Thank you PBSF,very helpful hints.
I guess I'll have to open my wallet up a litlle bit....Based on your information,I already sent a booking e-mail to Comerc24.
Another question...Is the bairro Gotico safe to go at night?I am thinking to dine in some traditional tapas bar there...
I would be careful wandering inside the Bari Gotic at night. Many of the smaller streets are very quiet and deserted and petty crime such as purse snatching happens. With a group of people, no problem. If one is familiar with the main streets and it is perfectly safe as they will be filled with people. The two main streets that border the Bari Gotic are Las Rambles and via Laietana are full of people; so is c/Ferran and c/Jaume which cut across. the Bari. The upper Placa Reial is always a party but not much for good food and easy to get to from Las Rambla or C/Ferran. The main carrier, Avinyo, that goes from c/Jaume to c/Merce and c/Ample are full of interesting people and eating places. C/Merce and Amples have very old atmospheric Celta tapas places (good for seafood, especially octopus) and Asturian cider bars. Tapas places in upper the Bari around Placa Sant Josep Oriol and Placa di Pi are lively and easy to reach from the Rambla or c/Ferran. Places around the Placa Catedral is fun at night with performers though the food is nothing special.
Also don't miss acrossing via Laietana over to El Born/Ribera where there is party atmosphere almost every night. Many excellent tapas/pintxos places, wine bars and informal places to eat and people watch. I would defintely not miss these parts of Barcelona at night but just be careful and stay on the main streets/placa where there are plenty of people.