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Sep 21, 2010 03:37 PM

A VERY belated synopsis of my dining experience in Barcelona

Sorry it has taken me so long to write about my experiences in Barcelona (I returned August 7th) but here are some quick comments

Restautant Bo-

Fantastic Seafood and Jamon Croquettas. They were a touch oily but out of the 4 places we had croquettas these had the most flavor. We also had stellar gambas in oil and garlic

Ceverseria Catalana -
Perfectly competent, if not memorable fare. What did stand out was a Jamon and Date bocadillo that was simply fantastic

- Great anchovies and a nice platter of jamon all washed down with some rose cava. I loved it here because it was a no B.S. establishment with character. If you are in the area I would try to go there.

Pinotxo in the Boqueria -

There may be a lot of hype behind this place, but it was fun and the chickpeas with morcilla was incredible.

Sureny in Gracia -

The marinated Ahi tuna and the foie with mango were excellent. We had a sea bass with lemon sorbet that was just too sweet. I forgot what else we had but I would go back because the wine and service was excellent and the restaurant is located in the charming PlaƧa RevoluciĆ³ De Setembre De 1868

Sagardi - Went into there Born location for a late afternoon snack and the pintxos were tasty but not earth-shattering

Paco Meralgo - To put it bluntly this place is over-rated. Not that the food wasn't good but I was expecting to be wowed. The only truly outstanding things we had was the Pan amb Tomaquet and the gazpacho. We had sea snails, cockles, razor clams and oysters. They were all very good (except the oyster) but I was expected seafood fireworks but it wasn't the case.

Kiosko Universal - GREAT razor clams and outstanding wild mushrooms with eggs (I will post some pictures later). The razor clams here made Paco Meralgo all the more disappointing.

Also, we visited Tibidabo Fun Fair, and believe it or not we got some pasta from a concession stand and it was really good. Cooked al dente and lightly coated with a nice tomatoe sauce. Many so-called Italian restaurants could learn a thing or two from this.

I will post more comments later.

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  1. Hey Smokin! Glad to hear from you and agree with your comments on Paco Meralgo. I loved the gazpacho and pa amb tomaquet too. I think this place is good but not extraordinary. The fact that it is open on Sunday nights and takes reservations makes it very popular.

    For the most part, you visited places that we didn't, so I'm copying down your comments for our next trip.

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    1. re: Aleta

      Hey Aleta! I've missed you! :-)

      The first picture is a stack of wild mushrooms, a bunch of which made it into the sauteed mushrooms with eggs in the second picture. You can also see the razor clams and my daughter's jamon bocadillo.

      1. re: SmokinActuary

        Mmmm.... I am dizzy with hunger ;-) So these pix are from Kiosko Universal in La Boqueria. We didn't get to eat anything at La Boqueria so on our next trip (July 2011), we're staying at a hotel within minutes of La Boqueria and planning to go there daily!

        Curious to know what your darling daughter enjoyed the most.

        1. re: Aleta

          She loved the jamon, the razor clams (but she prefers the hard shell clams we get at home) and the churros and chocolate.

          Oh yeah those pics are from Kiosko Universal.

          1. re: SmokinActuary

            She has good taste! Where did you get the churros?

            1. re: Aleta

              It was a little place located on the north side of the Cathedral. I forgot the name but they fried up the churros fresh.