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Apr 14, 2014 04:44 PM

11 days in Barcelona!

Greetings from Canada!
First time visitor here.
I'll be in Barcelona in early Sept(3rd-14th) and need some suggestions please. Breakfasts ,lunches, dinners, cheap and cheerful, mid range local, funky maybe one or two "fine dining" options. I'm pretty easy to please food wise(I cook for a living) no dietary restrictions, love food travelling solo.
I've perused the board and most of the posts seem a little old, so...

Many thanks in advance!

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  1. I only had a few days in Barcelona last time so only hit the high-spots - plus I don't (generally) enjoy stand-up places for eating, - I only hit sit-down spots, so tend to ignore the tapas-style bars. My last attempt (Quimet & Quimet) was probably my least enjoyable meal in Spain.

    However, for the splurge I'd suggest 41° - there's nothing else like it (in the world?) - with its combination of food, music and projection system. Oops, if you're travelling solo that won't work! Only 2's or 4's.

    Alternatively for classic 3* Michelin at a 'bargain price for the experience' I'd take the train to Sant Pol de Mar for lunch at Sant Pau (about an hour ride).
    If the latter doesn't appeal, a substitute would be LUNCH at Moments in the Mandarin Hotel (same guiding hand), which offers a superb prix-fixe 3 or 4 course menu that sometimes features dishes 'borrowed' from Sant Pau. The lunch is a bargain for what you get.
    In the middle range, Gresca is my favourite - have sent many people there and very positive feedback.

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    1. re: estufarian

      Thanks estufarian! Much appreciated!
      I've never dined at a Michelin stared restaurant, Any "dress code" to consider?. I'm not planning on bring a jacket/tie on this trip.

      1. re: petek

        Then make Sant Pau your first - it's probably half the price of comparable French places!

        Clean shoes and clean shirt will take you far - especially in Spain which is fairly casual. They won't turn you away in Jeans, but you'll probably feel more comfortable a little dressier, although the top places are far more interested in your palate.
        Think Momofuku rather than Splendido as a dress code.

        1. re: estufarian

          I've heard great things about Sant Pau and Sant Pol de Mar looks like a great little beach side town! According to Google maps it's about a 2 hour journey from my hotel, but it sounds like it could be an excellent day trip.

          1. re: petek

            Take the train. It's almost exactly an hour. But last train back is early evening so only works for a lunch trip. Sant Pau is about 5 mins from the station (turn left as you exit the station) and it's on the Left less than 5 minutes down.
            Menu at lunch is identical to evening.

            1. re: estufarian

              Menu at lunch is identical to evening

              Even identical in price? I've never spent $300.00 on lunch before! :D

              1. re: petek

                Yes - that's how it works in Spain!
                But you won't want anything else to eat that evening.

                1. re: estufarian

                  Good to know
                  Gresca sounds really good and it's only a 20 walk from my hotel.
                  Thanks again!

    2. For the "semi-fine dining",in BCN based on my experience last week, I'd suggest Cinq Centis, Alkimia, Montiel Roeg Robi, or Hisop. For a funkier experience, La Peridita.

      Breakfast, beyond a croissant and coffee, isn't really happening in much of central BCN, though there are some of the best croissants I've had (including Paris) to be found in hole-in-the-wall bakery-cafes. Particularly on Monday mornings, you'll be hard-pressed to get even those much before 7 am.

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      1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

        Thanks silverlake! Much appreciated.
        As I mentioned, I'm travelling solo this trip so I'd prefer places with bar seating(if that's even a thing in BCN) as I feel kinda awkward taking up a table by myself.
        I think breakfast and more casual restaurants might be my biggest challenge this trip, but I'm up for it!

      2. I had dinner recently at Sant Pau and thought it was nice but not as great as I had been expecting. Especially as regards wine. That said, it is a lovely place in a nice seaside town and certainly is a nice day out.
        Michelin food experience wise, we much more enjoyed our fantastic lunch at ABaC with some wonderful wine pairings.
        I've been here on my own for work, and have enjoyed eating at the counter at Tapas 24 (and one of the times when eating alone seems to work out, since it's easier to find a place a the counter for one) . They are also open in the morning and have great coffee and pastries and eggs..
        If the weather is nice, I enjoy Sunday lunch at Kaiku down at the beach..
        41 degrees won't take reservations for single dinners, but if email them when you are here, they tell me that they will contact you if they can fit you in. I haven't gotten the call yet, but fingers crossed...

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