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Bar Pintxo - lunch, dinner or tasting menu on Thursdays?

atomeyes May 17, 2010 04:02 PM

Just wondering what you suggest is best - lunch, early dinner or the Thursday tasting menu?
Also, do you suggest reservations?

Thanks in advance

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    SmokinActuary RE: atomeyes May 17, 2010 05:25 PM

    They don't take reservations and they close at 4pm I believe. A late breakfast or early lunch would be best IMO. They don't have many seats so if you arrive at prime time you will have to wait.

    1. PBSF RE: atomeyes May 17, 2010 06:06 PM

      Just to add, there are other places in the Boqueria that is just as good or in my opinion, better; if Bar Pintxo is too crowded, try El Quim or Kiosk Universal. As previous stated, they all close way before dinner time. All are no reservation counter/stand up places. I can't imagine Bar PIntxo has a tasting menu.

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        kathryn RE: PBSF May 17, 2010 06:49 PM

        What PBSF said. The times we went during our trip, the menu was recited to us verbally and consisted only of 6-8 items.

        This is Bar Pinotxo in the Barcelona Boqueria you're speaking of, yes?

        It is a VERY casual lunch counter, first come first served seating & I can't imagine it has a tasting menu.

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          Aleta RE: PBSF May 17, 2010 06:53 PM

          Is there some confusion? I thought that "pintxo" is the Basque term for tapas. So pintxo bar is a generic term for a tapas bar. Googling "Bar Pintxo Barcelona" came up with nothing.

          "Bar Pinotxo" is the name of the eatery inside the Boqueria market, to which PBSF and Smokin are referring. I believe that "pinotxo" means "Pinocchio" and this place is a food counter with some extra tables. Atomeyes, are you missing part of the full name of your restaurant?

        2. PBSF RE: atomeyes May 17, 2010 08:11 PM

          Because Bar PInotxo gets mentioned so often, we just assume that is what the poster meant when we saw Bar Pintxo (missing the 'o'). Sorry for the confusion, me bad. I have never heard of Bar Pintxo in Barcelona.

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            Parigi RE: PBSF May 17, 2010 08:18 PM

            It is true the OP could mean any pintxo bar in a city other than Barcelona. Hope he/she clarifies.

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              Aleta RE: Parigi May 19, 2010 05:41 PM

              You can call me Rudyard Kipling's "Little Elephant" because I am THAT curious. I kept wondering why the OP referred specifically to Thursday night tasting menu. Here's why.

              From the website of Bar Pintxo...

              <<Come in for our "Six-for Six" Happy Hour, indulge in our Thursday Night Tasting Menu, or just enjoy our delicious selection of tapas, platos and paellas! Located in Santa Monica, California, Bar Pintxo is on the north side of Santa Monica Boulevard, at Ocean Avenue. Parking is available next door. Serving authentic tapas in Santa Monica>>

              Talk about the wrong side of the planet...:-)

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                Parigi RE: Aleta May 20, 2010 12:02 AM

                Good snooping.
                I was just wondering: Bar Pinotxo is a very casual market stall-lunch counter. Tasting menu? Hello?

          2. atomeyes RE: atomeyes May 20, 2010 05:40 AM

            To get rid of any confusion:

            my post was in reference to this topic I posted a while back: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7047...

            I'm at work and will look (shortly) for the website that I found that lead me to think there was a tasting menu for Bar Pintxo (as it was posted on that page).

            hope this helps!

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              Aleta RE: MAD24 May 20, 2010 06:17 AM

              Parigi, are you still laughing? This thread is really getting fun - and confusing. I re-read Atomeyes' original post and

              1) it's asking for recommendations in Barcelona (not Madrid, and poster MAD24 is a someone writing to publicize a Madrid commercial website)
              2) the reference to tasting menus is not re: Bar Pinotxo (note the extra "o" please)
              3) for high-end tapas restaurants WITH tasting menus, I can think of 2: Comerc24 and Inopia (there must be others but I just want to get these comments out quickly)
              4) Inopia (Albert Adria's place) does not take reservations

              Atomeyes, I hope you enjoy the food in Spain. I certainly plan to!

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