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London's best steak?

I LOVE Wagyu beef steaks... you can't beat this steak for evenly-marbled melt in your mouth texture. It is perfect when cooked rare - no sauce required either. Unfortunately, it's not freely available over here in the UK, I guess they don't believe cows require luxuries such as beer and massages :)

Aug 12, 2010
Anasuya in U.K./Ireland

Coming to Barcelona for 3 days - which restaurants should I go to ?

I wanted to but my friend was not willing to try theseafood - she's not as adventurous as me when it comes to food :(

However, I will be travelling through Barcelona again - I LOVE Gaudi and Picass and the city in general ... and there are so many more restaurants to check out too! I feel like I lost out by not going to Kaiko, Tomaqueria, Cal Pep and Gelonch.

Ana

Jun 17, 2010
Anasuya in Spain/Portugal

Coming to Barcelona for 3 days - which restaurants should I go to ?

You really should try Asador de Aranda in Tibidabo - the food and service was excellent. THe balck sausage iwth Rice is amazing... I'm still thinking about it :). the building is also amazing - apprently it used to be a monastery (as our waiter told us in his limited English)

As for Jamonismo, you can send them a bank transfer and they will send you a leg of ham of your choice. I'm very disappointed that i couldn't try the jamon there as I purposely avoided jamon iberico everywhere I went , saving the experience for Jamonismo :(

I hope you have better luck than me!

Jun 17, 2010
Anasuya in Spain/Portugal

Coming to Barcelona for 3 days - which restaurants should I go to ?

At paco meralgo I didn't have oysters, razor clams etc. I had the cod fish fritters (good), chicken and ham and seafood croquettes (both good), courgette flowers (good), prawns in garlic (ok), deep fried baby quid (ok), black pepper fillet (ok), cuttlefish meatball (bad) .

You will love Santa Maria - it is so laid back and the crowd is so friendly!

The waiters sing every time someone leaves a tip... if you give 10% they might even dance :).. one of them did raise his apron and swing a little for us :)

Jun 17, 2010
Anasuya in Spain/Portugal

Coming to Barcelona for 3 days - which restaurants should I go to ?

oh yes - i also made it to euskal extea as well - after bar inopia :)

Jun 15, 2010
Anasuya in Spain/Portugal

Coming to Barcelona for 3 days - which restaurants should I go to ?

I finally have time to breath and report on my trip to barcelona. I had a really good time nad hte food nad wine was mostly great.

On Saturday I made my way to Bar Inopia expecting wonders but was disappointed. The food was good and well presented, but being a a brrther of the great Ferran Adria, I expected more, lots more from Albert Adria ... and therefore was disappointed. We had 5 tapas (jamon, fried baby fish with egg were good), 3 glasses of cava and the bill was 35 Euro in total,

Sat evening I went to Santa Maria on Carrer Comerc and the food and service was excellent. My friend loved it ! We had the tasting menu and really enjoyed the Dracula and chocolate desserts. Had an amazing Verdejo to accompany the meal - one of the best I've tasted and yet so cheap. I think it came to Euro 65 in total for 2 persons.

On Sunday I went to Casa Delfin (it was raining so didn't wnat to get to the beach) and the food was fabulous. Service was rather hit and miss but the locals didn't seem to mind so we just sat back and relaxed. We had the monkfish stew and hte paella of hte day with Morcilla - both of which were fabulous. Again we had a fabulous Verdejo and the bill was a total of Euro 45

Sunday night we went to Paco Meralgo and it was a real disappointment. I did not enjoy the food at all and we left half our tapas dishes unfinished. I think the bill was close to euro 70 for 2. To compensate for our disappointing food, we went to Hotel Omm for a cocktail and finished off the night there.

Monday afternoon I headed to Asador de Aranda - what a fabulous restauraunt! the building was beautiful and although the staff didnt' speak English they were extremely friendly and courteous. They gave us a complimentary glass of cava and olives to nibble while we waited for our table. We had the red sausage and black sausage (really good), the baby lamb cutlets and the roast baby lamb (all of which were really good). We were so full we had to ask them to pack the sausages for takeaway which they very kindly did. Then they gave us a palate cleanser (an anise based liquer) and more glasses of cava and the house specialty biscuits - all complimentary! Bettybop thank you so much for your recommendation - we absolutely loved the place. the bill was around Euro 55 for 2.

I then made my way to Jamonismo only to find it closed! I had made a reservation fro 3:30pm and the place was clsoed without a soul in sight. i was so disappointed! Then headed to CDLC (Carpe Diem Lounge Club) for cocktails just before we left.

All in all - a fabulous holiday and I will visit again. I did manage to do some sightseeing in addition to eating my way through barcelona - went to the segrada familia, casa batllo, the museo nacional, stadio olympico, museo picasso and walked around the gotic, eixample, el born and ramblas areas.

Jun 15, 2010
Anasuya in Spain/Portugal

Coming to Barcelona for 3 days - which restaurants should I go to ?

Hi bettybop, do you know how much lunch at Asador will be for 2 persons? can you order a la carte or is it always the prix fixe menu one must have?

Where is the Tomaquera located and how much would lunch for 2 cost here? Again, can you order a la carte or is it also only the prix fixe menu?

Thanks for yor uhelp so far.. much appreciated!

Jun 02, 2010
Anasuya in Spain/Portugal

Coming to Barcelona for 3 days - which restaurants should I go to ?

Thanks for the heads up Estufarian. I have emailed them to find out what their opening hours are. If necessary, I will go there on Saturday because I absolutely cannot leave Barelona without a Jamon Iberico :)

Jun 02, 2010
Anasuya in Spain/Portugal

How to buy Paulo Laureano wine from Portugal?

vinhotino and monchique - thank you so much for your suggestions!!!

I will certainly look at the UK wine importers you have suggested. I wrote to the Paulo Laureano winery but have not yet received a reply and it has been over a month! If i do manage to get my hands on a case, I would consider myself very lucky indeed :)

Cheers,

Jun 02, 2010
Anasuya in Spain/Portugal

How to buy Paulo Laureano wine from Portugal?

I was in Portugal from 30 Apr - 3 May and went to an awesome restaurant "Lisboa a Noite" in the old city district. The food was amazing but even more amazing was the wine I had there. It was Paulo Laureano 2005 reserve.

I have written to them to find out if I could buy a case of the wine but they have not replied. The Paulo Laureano website appears to be under construction and is not complete as yet.

Does anyone know how I could get a case of this wine to be sent across to London?

May 26, 2010
Anasuya in Spain/Portugal

Coming to Barcelona for 3 days - which restaurants should I go to ?

Oh... I jsut checked Bar Inopia - their opening hours are

Tue - Fri: 7 - 11pm
Sat: 1 - 3:30pm, 7 - 11pm

So I might try to grab a few tapas here on Sat afternoon - I hope Albert Adria has Ferran Adria's magical touch when it comes to food

May 26, 2010
Anasuya in Spain/Portugal

Coming to Barcelona for 3 days - which restaurants should I go to ?

Thanks so much for the update on Inopia bettybop.

I have changed my itinerary:

For Saturday, I will visit Sagardi for a few pintxos and Euskal Etxea for a few tapas. Then Santa Maria for dinner of gastro/modern/tapas on the tasting menu (their desserts sound amazing!) or if my friend changes her mind, I will go to Gelonch :)

Most likely will go for Arroz Negro at Kaiku on Sunday for lunch and to hang out on the beach and visit Paco Meralgo on Sunday evening for more tapas

Monday, I will try the catalan restaurants for lunch - possibly San Joan, Asador de Aranda or Tomaquera - I'm definitely not faint hearted. And then I will head to Jamonisimo to try the various JI's and buy a leg to take home.

May 26, 2010
Anasuya in Spain/Portugal

Coming to Barcelona for 3 days - which restaurants should I go to ?

I did email Jamonisimo and here is their reply below:

I will be buying a leg with bone of the Jamon Iberico de Bellota aged 30 months and will be sharing it with a few friends in London who love it as much as I do :)

I will definitley be visiting Jamonisimo to try out the various JI's ... I'm certain I will select the one from Salamanca but it will be interesting to try the others as well.

Reply from Jamonisimo
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Hello,

Is best pay and agency transport and send the Jamon. Spain to UK.


1Kg >> 72€ +/- 8kg Jamon Iberico de bellota Reserva. 3 years
1Kg>>48€ +/- 8kg Jamon Iberico Recebo 28 months

1Kg>>29€ +/- 5kg Paleta Ibercia recebo 28 months
1Kg<<40€ +/- 5kg Paleta Ibercia Bellota 28 months

Thanks
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May 26, 2010
Anasuya in Spain/Portugal

Coming to Barcelona for 3 days - which restaurants should I go to ?

Aleta, Parigi and PBSF

Thanks sooo much for your suggestions! I will definitely re-work my itinerary and combine sightseeing with food so that I get the most out of my 3 days in Barcelona - Tapas, Pintxo, Catalan food, Paella and hopefully 1 modern/ molecular gastro restaurant.

PBSF - I'm from Australia but now live in London, so I don't think I should have a problem bringing back a leg of ham. I checked the Jamonisimo website and I will definitely go there for a tasting. Do you know approximately how much a 30 month 3kg leg of Jamon Iberico from Jamonisimo would be? Friends of mine in London and I will share the cost because as much as I LOVE Jamon Iberico, I couldn't possibly eat through an entire leg!

May 25, 2010
Anasuya in Spain/Portugal

Coming to Barcelona for 3 days - which restaurants should I go to ?

PBSF

Thanks so much for your suggestions!! Do you by any chance know if Santa Maria is open in the evening for dinner on Saturday? On google it says the opening hours are 9am - 6pm Mon - Sat, and Santa Maria does not seem to have a website to check opening hours or make a booking.

I would like to go to Gelonch or Alkimia but my travel buddy is not a particularly gastro-enthusiastic person. I'm sticking to tapas bars, paella and catalan food so she'll be happy. I will visit again as I would like to go to El Celler de can Roca as well... and El bulli... but that is probably not likely as they are closing down after Dec 2011 :(

I will check the other boards and decide on the other places as well, if they are easy to access, affordable, and have good reviews.

May 24, 2010
Anasuya in Spain/Portugal

Coming to Barcelona for 3 days - which restaurants should I go to ?

I will be in Barcelona for the first time in my life and I am very excited!!!! I arrive 5 June and leave late on 7 June and have planned the following:

Sat lunch - Bar Inopia - tapas
Sat Dinner - Comerc 24 or Santa Maria (comerc 17) - tapas
Sun Lunch - Paco Meralga - tapas
Sun dinner - ???? suggestions welcome
Mon lunch - Lombardo or Can Mago - for Paella - Fideau and Arroz Negro
Mon evening - Sagardi or El Xampanyet - tapas

Any suggestions for Sunday dinner? At some point I want to visit restaurant San Joan for Catalan home cooking. Would they be open on sunday evening?

Are the places I've already listed good for tapas?

Also, where could I buy a leg of 3 year old Jamon Iberico de Bellotta?

Your suggestions are very welcome as I'm a first time visitor.

May 24, 2010
Anasuya in Spain/Portugal