Sunday, 26 July 2015

Barcelona - Where to eat and drink

Don't worry this is the last Barcelona post. Thank god considering it was nearly two months ago. 
I've put together my top recommendations of where to eat and drink into one post so brace yourself, it is a bit photo heavy but thought it was better not to drag these post holiday blues out any longer.

There's always a bit of uncertainty when we arrive in a new place and especially when you're only there a few days, you feel like you need to find good places to eat and drink as soon as you get there. Going out for meals is one of my favourite parts of being on holiday, but regardless of how good my intentions may be, I never seem to get round to doing any research before I go away.

I tend to use a combination of tripadvisor, guide books and my own two eyes to find some places to eat and sometimes its a good idea to book some meals for the next few nights rather than missing out on places you fancy. 

DAY 1
La Cuina d'en Garriga
C/Consell de Cent, 30808007
On our first night we were tired and hungry and a brief tripadvisor browse informed us of this little gem that was literally across the road from our apartment. Unfortunately I didn't actually get any photos of the photos as it was inhaled pretty swiftly after being placed on the table but we just got an assortment of meat and cheese platters with some delish wine to get us into the Barcelona zone.

DAY 2
Entrepanes Diaz
Calle Pau Claris, 189Entre Corsega y Diagonal08037

After a long day sightseeing when we were dehydrated, sweaty and in need of a rest, stumbling across this bar was just what we needed. It was like stepping back in time, the waiter was dressed in black tie despite this being the middle of a roasting hot day. An ice cold glass of Cava was just what the doctor ordered!
FISHOP
Passeig de Gracia 53
After taking in a bit of Gaudi on the way to dinner, we had the best meal in this underground gem. All seafood and with a huge sushi selection it was the perfect example of the huge variety of restaurants Barcelona has to offer. 

DAY 3
UMA
Carrer de Rossend Arus, 1208014
UMA. Where to start. This was the one restaurant that we booked before we arrived in Barcelona and I am so so glad we knew about it. It was featured on a Channel 4 programme and a friend told me about it before we went. You can go for lunch / dinner and it is always a fixed price per person (I think €55 each which was so reasonable for the experience!). You don't even get a menu, they check for any dietary requirements / allergies before and then off they go for, I think it was 15 courses!!! The whole menu was amazing, nothing was what it seemed and you never knew what to expect when you took a bite into anything. One course was called 'The rolling stones' which looked just like a plate of rocks but we were told - "Only 6 of these are edible". It was just such an amazing experience, I'm doing it no justice with these ramblings. The head chef Iker Erauzkin talks you through each dish and brings you into the kitchen at the start to see where the magic happens, so to speak. I would 100% recommend a trip to UMA if you're ever in Barcelona, we went for lunch which was ideal cause it was a little off the beaten track and the metro was ideal. 


DAY 4
Seafront Paella
This is so terrible but I actually can't remember the name of this restaurant. HOWEVER, if you go down to the beachfront in the Barceloneta area there is a promenade with loads of lovely (similar) seafood restaurants. This night, we were just in the mood for paella, so we took a wander along the front and picked a restaurant with a good table on the waters edge. There was no messing about, we ordered the seafood paella, enjoyed it thoroughly then finished off the evening with some cocktails by the beach. A great time all round. 


DAY 5
Bobby Gin
Carrer de Francisco Giner, 47, 08012
It took a couple of attempts to find this place but when we finally got a drink here on our last night, it was more than worth it. A big gin lover, a gin bar is always a hit with me. A ridiculously large selection of gin, with expert bartenders who can advise and recommend the perfect serve for each one. We sipped our gins, watched the bartenders work, and compared our terrible watch tan / burn lines after our day at the beach. I've seriously still not been able to shift that horrendous watch outline on my left wrist. 

SENSI TAPAS
Carrer Ample 26, Barcelona 08002
It got to our last night in Barcelona and we realised that because of the huge variety of food on offer we had actually ingested a disappointingly little amount of tapas during our stay. We found this restaurant during some exploring and it is actually one of a group of three restaurants by the same group. This is the only photo I got of the food as again we had that problem of it not lasting very long on the table but that little dish of baby chorizo braised in beer was amazing. Some other dishes we sampled included truffle ravioli, fried squid with panco and sweet chilli mayonnaise and the old favourite that is padron peppers - HEAVEN. 

Well I'm away to eat whatever I can get my hands on now as I have spent the last couple of hours salivating excessively while writing this. What wedding dress diet? 

I hope you've all enjoyed me rambling on about Barcelona for what feels like three years but we can all now move on and look forward to the next trip!

Jen 


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