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Any opinions/recent reviews for Dos Palillos in Barcelona?

anto11 Jan 11, 2012 10:47 AM

Have a booking for March...is it worth it?


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    jy196 Jun 24, 2012 04:04 PM

    Aleta, I went to Dos Palillos two days ago and could not disagree with you more. Will post full reviews once I am home, but in case people ran across this post in midst of an imminent trip, wanted to report that this was one of the best, most challenging and educational meals I have had on my Barcelona/Madrid trip, which has included dining at the two star Michelin places (Le Club Allard, Ramon Freixas, Alkimia) as well as the more casual but good places with solid reps for solid food (Cerviceria Catalunya, Cal Pep, etc). Incredibly high quality ingredients, especially with rare/expensive seafood such as percebes, gambas rojas, sea anemone, razor clams, sea cucumbers, as well as all sorts of shell fish that I could not identify. All prepared expertly with the highest regard to the integrity of the ingredient. Not for the faint of heart. One member of the party that was a bit squeamish over raw shellfish could not eat the first 5-7 of the 18 or so courses. I loved it all, so I had no problem eating double portions. Again, I stess that this is not for the faint of heart. E.g., Chicken sashimi served with salt and fresh wasabi is one of their signature dishes. (It's good.) The laterally cut bone marrow with a generous shaving of dried tuna shavings (okaka) was sublime, especially when paired with a 30 anos sherry. The gambas rojas was deshelled, with the head intact, with only the head brushed with salt prepared over a grill so that the body was raw and the head deliciously grilled. Sucking the juice out of the head while eating the sweet raw body was a primal pleasure. An infinitely simple but elegant variation on the usual Spanish gambas rojas prep as well as Japanese amaebi. Bottom line: if you like seafood, are not squeamish, and open to a unique world-class dining experience, you MUST NOT miss the full tasting menu at Dos Palillos.

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      scraffey Jun 26, 2012 12:26 PM

      Traveling to Barcelona in two weeks. Second time to Spain but first to Barca. We have two nights before we head down to Valencia. Between Yelp and this site, I'm thinking Cerviceria Catalunya is a must. My best experiences last trip were in the small venues. I'm traveling with an associate who I don't think would be up for Dos Palillos. Any other thoughts for our extra night? Thoughts on CC?

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      Aleta Jan 12, 2012 06:56 AM

      I haven't eaten here and probably never will. It might be good... if you are in the market for Spanish-Asian fusion. Have you seen the online menu?

      "tsukemono de gobo con sesamo..
      won ton frito de carne...
      dumpling al vapor de gambitas..."

      Without much effort, that translates into burdock (gobo) sald with sesame oil, fried meat won ton, shrimp har gow. I don't know where you are located, anto, but if it's a major US city, you can probably find stuff like this near home.

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        anto11 Jan 12, 2012 07:56 AM

        Thanks Aleta...wise words.

        Seems I'll just have to brace myself for the crowds at Cal Pep or elsewhere.

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          Aleta Jan 12, 2012 12:48 PM

          I haven't been to Cal Pep - people either love it or don't - and I don't want to take the gamble. There are lots of other places in Barcelona where you can eat well but it won't be crazy crowded. Actually, I don't think Cal Pep and Dos Palillos have anything in common. What are you looking for? You can either give some more info or search through old threads.

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