Thanks so much to everyone for replying. Everyone is really knowledgeable and as outsiders coming to a new country, we respect your opinions greatly. Particularly avrv1 whose Madrid advice is much appreciated.
To move things along, just want to address the point that we are squeezing a lot of large meals into a short time frame. Of course we agree/feel the same way! But have to make the most of our constraints.
Perhaps it might help clarify things that (1) we are traveling from Asia and do not have much opportunity for repeat visits; (2) cannot extend the trip; and (3) ordinarily would share a single degustation menu in order to make the itinerary possible.
With that in mind, could I trouble the community to one more time address the dilemmas highlighted in the OP? If you can help us whittle down the options, that would also help address the challenge!
Thanks so much again for considering our query!
After a comprehensive review of many posts on this site, my girlfriend and I have compiled the following itinerary. Given the short amount of time we have (and we want to make time for tapas/pintxos), we have to make some difficult choices and wanted your thoughts on how to trade off some of the restaurants.
Would really appreciate your feedback! Also, to avoid the inevitable "you need to extend your stay/everything is too rushed", we would love to do that too! Unfortunately, just can't afford the time/leave from work sigh.. hence, the need for advice on our dilemmas!
Also, the days of the week below don't run in order as we have non-gastronomy focused trips organised within the gaps.
Day 1 (Fri)
Day 2 (Sat)
Dilemma #4 - How to fit in Cinc Sertis: afternoon snack? supper? cancel one of the above meals?
Dilemma #5 - Tapas/pintxos: how to whittle down the list below into 3-5
Quimet y quimet, La Vinya del Senyor, Escriba, Tapas24, Taktika Berri, Jamonismo, El Vaso de Oro, Euskal Extea
Day 3 (Sun): Major challenge as most places appear closed. Any recommendations? Right now, all we have is:
- Lunch: Kaiku
To add to our heartache, Sant Pau has no availability during the days we will be in Barcelona.
Day 1 (Wed)
- Lunch: Etxebarri
Day 2 (Thu)
- Lunch: Akelarre
Day 3 (Fri)
- Lunch: Arzak
Day 1 (Mon)
- Lunch: El Club Allard
Day 2 (Tues)
- Lunch: Sergi Arola Gastro
Thanks so much in advance to everyone for your help! Really appreciate your feedback/advice.