Barcelona in June: Tues, Wed and Thurs (and I don't eat fish or seafood!). Rec's please!
- atomeyes Apr 29, 2010 11:23 AM
I'm coming to Barcelona on my honeymoon and my fiancee and I would love to get some suggestions as to where we should eat.
We are staying at Hotel Denit.
Here's my problem: I don't eat fish or seafood. Otherwise, I am open to anything. She will eat anything. So as long as there are options for me, I will be happy.
If you can also let me know if you're recommendations are for lunch or supper, that would be great.
Pricepoint: We're willing to get a 100 Euro/person (incl wine) for one meal but wouldn't mind keeping the costs below that for the rest of the meals.
We're also heading up to San Sebastian via the Pyrenees, so any tips would be great.
Thanks in advance!
Wow! No seafood! Well my mom is in a similar predicament, she doesn't eat seafood and she is heading to Barcelona next year-ish. I have told her to go for a lot of Iberian and Serrano Jamon. It is so delicious! i could eat it all the time and I don't even like cured meats normally - I don't even like proscuitto and I'm an italophile.
Other items to go for are tortillas espanola, the awesome potato and egg and cream dish. Sometimes there is meat in there. (not seafood).
Croquettes are fried potato and ___ balls (depending whats in them, not usually seafood)
I loved L'Acadmia, a restaurant in the gothic quarter. There was much on the menu, you would find non-seafood items. We had our best example of ham there.
When you go to La Boqueria, you should still be able to enjoy the tapas bar Bar Pinxtos. I had a beef cheek salad, amazing garbanzo beans, and croquettes among other things. That bar is amazing, not to be missed as well as the shopping/browsing experience of la boqueria.
Tortilla espanola is a great call. It's more like a frittata than a Mexican tortilla, and often served at room temperature.
Note that Albert, who runs Bar Pinotxo, doesn't speak the greatest English and sometimes his croquettas are made from seafood or there are different kinds available. But the garbanzo bean and black blood sausage dish is great!
I've also had a veal stew with potatoes and peas there, no seafood was in the dish.
Sometimes they have ham sandwiches as well as scrambled eggs with whatever is fresh, it may or may not include seafood.
You will still be able to eat a lot of the famous dishes like pimientos de padron, olives, potatas bravas, pan con tomate, jamon iberico, jamon croquettas (although sometimes they make them with salt cod instead of ham so make sure to ask).
I also really like foie gras on toast, chocolate y churros, and the wide variety of fruit available in Barcelona.
Also, similar to a croquetta, a lot of tapas bars have something called a "bomba." It's a potato fritter but sometimes also has meat or shrimp. Be sure to ask if it's meat and potato or shrimp and potato.
Also if you like sweets, go for torrija (kind of like a carmelized french toast) or creme catalan (like creme brulee).
As sarabeths says, you can definitely get your fill of jamon iberico. And I'd add on chorizo. Some places also will have lamb pinchos or tapas. Look for the word "xai" on the menu. And if you see "cecina" on a menu, it is kind of similar to the jamon, it's an air-dried beef sliced thin.
In terms of restaurants, you can definitely have a nice tapas meal for under your pricepoint at either Inopia or Tapac24. At Inopia, you could have the pan con tomate, the "torrada" (kind of like a bruschetta), pimientos, rabbit ribs, lamb kebabs, potatas bravas, and mixed olives for example.
I'd avoid Paco Meralgo as they have a good amount of seafood on the menu; you can do pretty well without it, but I'm not sure it makes a whole lot of sense to go there. I'd also avoid Quimet i Quimet since it's so heavily seafood/cured fish/etc focused.
Oh also at Inopia (if you go) I had the Torta Cañarejal, a creamy cheese that they serve with little toasts. It's kind of expensive compared to the other tapas but a very fun treat like fondue without the fire.
If I had eaten less seafood I would have had more Crema Catalana as another poster mentioned. For example at Cal Pep (famous place you might not go to because its mostly seafood but if you do go, they had the best tortilla espanola of anywhere we ate) we didn't have room for the Crema Catalana and it looked amazzzing.
There is an enormous variety in Catalan cooking. Unless you are going to a masqueria or the harbor restaurants in Barcelonetta, there will be plenty of non seafood items in just about any restaurant, especially if you are a bit adventureous. Pig is king in Barcelona as well as rest of Spain. If you like pork, lamb, goat, duck, quail, you should have no problem. In the high end or molecular places that have long tasting menus, it is a little more difficult if your partner wants to order one of the tasting menus. Call ahead and they might create a non-seafood menu for you. In general, tastings menus are served for the entire table, therefore, one party cannot order a la carte. Pork belly and baby goat are the favorites of many modern chefs; there are many good rice dishes that does not have seafood (pork. quail, chorizo). Go to Fonda Gaig and have the duck with figs if the fruit is in season (otherwise, they will have another preparation) or some form lamb, quail and rabbit. There is also traditional boil meat with condiments, lots of egg dishes.
Paco Meralgo's menu is large and though seafood items are some of the best choices, but they also have grilled vegetables, asparagus with romesco or allioli, lamb, veal, jamon, chorizo, botifarra, etc, all in small portions. The tomato rubbed bread is some of the best in Barcelona.
I don't eat any seafood either, but I was recently in Barcelona for a few days and ate wonderfully. I thin I had several pigs' worth of jamon ibirico, chorizo, and the like - fantastic stuff. I think the best lunch I had was in the Boqueria - instead of waiting on line at the crowded little tapas bars, I just wandered the market and ordered something small at each of the stalls I came across selling prepared food, of which there were quite a few. Ended with a carton of pieces of ham from one of the butchers for 2 euros. Fantastic way to spend an afternoon.
Through the Pyrenees means through the French Basque country, right.? have you already looked at maribelsguides.com? She has many dining and other gastronomic suggestions about chocolate , cheese and gateau basque. We are making this trip in September and plan to eat at the Hotel Euskadi in Esplette; although there are fancier places, this is apparently wonderful for traditional Basque cooking with a French accent.
I'll be in Barcelona on Friday morning! My daughter (lives in Madrid) called several restaurants including Cinc Sentits & Celler Can Roca (in Girona) to make reservations for our stay and they were happy to adjust their set menus to compensate for the fact that I don't eat fish or shellfish. Just ask when making a reservations. I've been eating happily in Spain (including Galicia) seafood-free over many trips even in "seafood restaurants".
We're moving on to the Catalan & Aragonese Pyrenees -- staying in the Val de Boi - Val de Aran and in Navasa, north of Huesca. I've noticed that there is not much restaurant information about that area. I will be able to post about our experiences when we get back -- last week of May.