December 2014 Spain Report
I just got back from ten days in Spain with my wife and parents, and used a bunch of intel from this board so I wanted to share what we learned. We were in Seville, Barcelona and just a short time in Madrid.
We had a long layover in Madrid on the way to Seville, so we had lunch at El Cisne Azul, a place that specializes in mushrooms. It was interesting and creative, but not quite what we hoped… but part of that we because morels were not in season.
In Seville, we had lunches at La Brunilda and Restaurant Becerrita and both meals were outstanding, far better than our dinners at El Rinconcillo and Vineria San Telmo. El Rinconcillo is very highly regarded, but it was a bit too "meat and potatoes" for us and no dish stood out. Becerrita was our favorite stop in Seville, very old world and friendly and we could order Tapas in the "restaurant" part. La Brunilda was a little more new-school and equally delicious and much more casual.
In Barcelona, we booked a "foodie tour" with Aborigens Barcelona which we learned about on this board. We loved it - it's not cheap so you should only do it if you're a hard-core foodie, but Cesc the guide was amazing and took us to places we never would have found. He also made himself available as our "Foodie Concierge" and helped us book spots for the rest of our trip. This was immensely helpful. Here are the other places we ate:
La Biblioteca Gourmand - The "Black Chicken" was great, the rest was hit-and-miss. I think we caught them on an off night, they were out of a lot of stuff.
Caldeni - Kind of a business lunch place with AMAZING food, specialize in high end cuts of artisan meats. Loved it.
Sagas - Sandwich place down by the short, amazing artisan sandwiches with ingredients from a farm run by a high-end restaurant in the countryside, which also owns this place. Great for a quicker lunch.
Suculent - New spin on old school place. We did okay here, not as great as other places.
Gresca - Best meal in Barcelona, got a five course tasting menu, loved everything.
In Madrid we had one really standout meal at Gastomaquia, which we learned about on this board. I cannot recommend this play highly enough, all of the food was creative and outstanding, it wasn't that expensive and Hugo, the Chef/Owner was with us for about half the time - great guy who's worked in NY. perfect English.
It was a great trip and I hope this helps someone else make theirs even better!