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barcelona trip report -July 2010

degustazione Jul 19, 2010 10:19 AM

roughly in order of our trip (not in order of quality)

quimet i quimet -- barebones tapas bar, no seating, high-quality canned goods but nothing cooked on site; good house beer; get a plate of mixed stuff rather than a montadito

gelonch -- we had the degustacion especial which was a 5-6 course tasting menu; portions small, food very creative (including a soup that was a puree of several different kinds of vegetables pureed separately and layed out in the bowl as if on a painter's palette, then served under a glass dome infused with wood smoke), best dish was what they called "pancetta" but was really (i think) a not-too-fatty piece of pork belly

paco meralgo -- excellent tapas and comfortable environment; octopus dish was the standout; paella is sometimes available but not when we went (sunday lunch); good crema catalana

els pescadors -- a bit outlying (but easily reachable via metro) but open on sunday night; high quality fish

passadis del pep -- overpriced for the quality, seemed to be entirely full of american tourists, some interesting seafood choices (presented as tapas, followed by a main course of fish), it's supposedly a fixed menu but arbitrarily for the main course they give different tables different choices of fish