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Barcelona Gluten Free Options

One more thing: El Cortes Ingles is a huge department store right on Placa Catalunya. In the basement, there is a "health food" department. It has shelve upon shelve of GF bread, pastries, etc. INCLUDING CROISSANTS!!! My daugher was in absolute heaven. You should probably tell her to go and stock up as soon as she gets there.

Most of the supermarkets (Condis and Carrefour are the big ones) have lots of products labeled "Sin Gluten". It was really easy to find stuff she could eat.

Apr 03, 2013
hoiya in Spain/Portugal

Barcelona Gluten Free Options

rickik,

Hi, I found a couple of good websites with listings of Gluten Free restaurants and shops.
This one is in Catalan/Castillian, but if you use Google translate it is pretty easy to understand: http://www.viajarsingluten.com/restau...

Also, the celiac society of Catalunya has an online guide (.pdf): http://www.celiacscatalunya.org/. Again, the website is only in Catalan and Castillian.

Here is a list of restaurants I found and liked while we were over there:

PLA--everything on the menu is GF and they serve GF bread on request.
La Lluna--specifically marks GF dishes on the menu. Also has GF bread on request. Not as good as some others, but has a good 10 Euro lunchtime menu
Can Conesa: Great sandwiches. Just about everything on their menu can be made GF. Even their patatas bravas are GF. It is a small hole in the wall, but its good.
Cafe Viena: Another sandwich place on Las Ramblas. They don't advertise it, but they do have a menu for Celiacs, including GF bread.
L'Arros: Great paella. All of the rice dishes are GF and they have GF bread. Very friendly waitstaff.
Tapeo, Anem de Tapas. Not officially listed as GF, but its a tapas place near the Picasso museum. They can easily accomodate Celiacs. We ate there twice we liked it so much.
Taller de Tapas: There are several throughout the city. We liked the one in the Born district. They knew exactly what we were talking about and accommodated our daughter easily.
L'Antic Bocoi de Gothic: Sort of a pizza place in the Gothic quarter. They have GF crust, so all of their Pizzas can be made appropriately. They also have GF bread and good salads. Kind of a casual place.
Allium: This was a real find. Again, they don't label anything on the menu as being GF, but if you ask, they will point you in the right direction. Chef came out and made sure we were OK. Traditional catalan food. Again, very friendly, nice waitstaff.

Hope that helps. Our general impression was that if you said "Celiaco" they knew exactly what to do and took good care of us.

OH, before I forget: Granja M. Viader. Hot chocolate and pastries. The Hot chocolate is almost like pudding it is so thick and you have to cut the whipped cream with a knife. All the items on the menu are labeled as to whether they are GF or not. They can do lady fingers and a couple of other pastry items GF as well. All the chocolate is GF. Absolutely wonderful!!

We bailed on Casa Calvet as it looked a little too "fancy" for our kids. Also Cafe de la Princessa has closed and re-opened in a new concept. No idea if they cater to GF needs anymore.

Again, hope that helps.

Hoiya

Apr 03, 2013
hoiya in Spain/Portugal

Barcelona Gluten Free Options

Anyone.... Bueller.....???

Jan 14, 2013
hoiya in Spain/Portugal

Barcelona Gluten Free Options

Hello everyone,

My family (2 daughters and wife) and I are heading to Barcelona in March (the week before Easter). I've done a fair amount of research reading the boards here and there are a lot of great suggestions, so thank you already for the info.

My 12 year old daughter has Celiac disease. I understand that a lot of restaurants in Spain are very good about accomodating this (maybe better than the US in general). I've gone to the Catalan Celiac Society website and gotten some suggestions for restaurants that are particularly friendly to those needing GF menus. I'd like your opinions on the following:

1. PLA (sounds like a winner, but wanted to check)
2. Casa Calvet
3. La Lluna (NOT La Luna--different places)
4. L'arros
5. Cafe de la Princesa

Also, do you think that good tapas places (Paco Meralgo) would be able to accomodate her or is there just too much risk of cross-contamination? I am hoping that we will also be able to get meals she can eat at places like Set Portes.

Any other recommendations or thoughts on where to go for dinner would be appreciated. We are staying in an apartment right next to the Jaume I metro.

Thanks!

Jan 09, 2013
hoiya in Spain/Portugal

Newish Bistros in Paris

Afaria in the 15th. Great food, fun ambience and excellent selections of reasonably priced wine.

May 27, 2008
hoiya in France

Cheese Restaurants in Paris?

Fromagerie 31 on Rue de Seine in the 6th. Excellent place for lunch. Order the lentel salad with a selection of cheeses.

May 27, 2008
hoiya in France

Trip Report

Like Frog:

Thanks. One thing I forgot to mention about the trip. We did a Champagne Tasting Cruise through O-Chateau (I think they are mentioned elswhere on this board). It was a bit pricy, but well worth it. We got three delicious champagnes and a good education on each, plus some good comentary on the sights as we passed by. If you already know a lot about how Champagne is made, it might be boring, but it was a good lesson for us. Also, you get to be in a private room, away from the maddening crowds on the boat. I would highly recommend it.

May 19, 2008
hoiya in France

Trip Report

Ok, i have taken too long to write this up, so my memory is a little hazy, but in any event, we had a wonderful trip to Paris at the beginning of the month. We had reservations every evening, but played it by ear during the day for lunches and snacks. Here is what we found:

Fontaine du Mars: This was dinner on our first night. Quite good, if fairly basic. Since we were jetlagged and it was our first night in Paris, we couldn't have asked for anything better. Quaint, "typical" bistro. Service was very attentive and they tolerated my horrible french. I had an eggplant and goat cheese tart for starters, the wife had escargots. Both were quite good. My cassoulet entree was excellent and my wife insisted that her duck breast was the best she had ever had (she'd retract that later in the week). Dessert was OK, but not necessarily memorable. On the whole, I'd give it a three and a half out of five.

Ze Kitchen Galerie. The clear winner of the week. Cool setting, fun, buzzing crowd and absolutely amazing food. We did the 75Euro tasting menu. 7 different dishes, all of them outstanding. First course was a smoked salmon and squid with mango and rhubarb (we think). Second course was white asparagus soup with rocket reduction along with a fried cheese (similar to mozzerella) with a mango sauce. Next up was a ravioli of duck and shrimp in a ginger peanut sauce. Next was Sole with mango and "lemon caviar", followed by grilled pigeon with foie gras and various spring vegetables. Desserts were mango soup with passionfruit infusion and coconut ice cream and a white chocolate ice cream with wasabi, pistacios and strawberries. Absolutely amazing all the way through. Only misfire was mine--I ordered a rather ordinary bottle of Sancere and the meal deserved something more. Definitely a five out of five.

Il Vino. Probably the biggest disappointment of the trip. That being said, it was still good, just not as good as I was hoping. definitely more focus on the wines than on the food (but that is the whole concept, isn't it). On the whole, the meal was very bland and I could have gotten just as good a meal (for far less money) back in the states. Part of the problem could have been that I didn't trust my instincts and pick the wines/courses my self. Instead, we once again went for a tasting menu (100 Euros per person). None of the food was especially memorable and (really surprising) neither were the wines. We did have a good rose with the strawberry sorbet dessert. That was the best part of the meal. Two and ahalf out of five.

Fables de la Fontaine. Excellent meal in very pleasant surroundings. It was a warm night so we were able to get a table outside. This was perfect--with the fountain gurgling in the background and the lively street scene on Rue St. Dominique. The starters were amazing. I had a crab meat concoction that was excellent. My wife had a escargot and langoustine mixture that was also quite good. For main course, I had a crusty seabass while my wife got the John Dory special. Both were excellent and we both thought the other had the better dish. We skipped dessert and headed back to some friends' apartment for cheese. Three and a half out of five.

Le Comptoir. Excellent all the way around. Great service and very good food. We were there on a weeknight for the "no choices" 45 Euro menu. For the money this was an incredible meal. First starter was a mixture of spring vegetables in a mousse with horseradish. Very surprising and very tasty. Next was simple white asparagus that was fantastic. Incredibly fresh. Main course was a seared veal steak that I thought was great. There was a seasoned crust on the veal that was just a little too strong. If you scraped it off, though, the meat was fantastic. The cheese course is justly famous--10 different cheeses and all you can eat. Unfortunately, I wasn't feeling great that night, so I limited my participation, but the rest of the table demolished the cheese tray. I believe dessert was a white chocolate ice cream (again, not feeling well and so I didn't concentrate on dessert). Overall, I would say a 4 out of 5.

Afaria. The biggest surprise of the week. Really outstanding ambience, food and service and the best prices we could have hoped for all week. 29Euros for a three course meal. Plus a quite excellent bottle of Pirineiros (sorry about the spelling) for another 29Euros. The staff was very helpful--English is definitely not spoken regularly here. It felt like a great neighborhood joint. White Sangria apertifs, a cocotte of escargots in a provencal sauce that left us licking our plates, a roasted duck breast with potatoes bourginon and then beniets with chocolate dipping sauce and passion fruit sorbet. We had to be rolled out of there. It is a little off the beaten track, but it made for a wonderful night out. I would rank it as our second best meal overall a 4.5 out of 5.

Laserre. Our one really big blow out dinner. I wish I hadn't done it. Again, not really disappointing, but not worth the Euros we dropped either. The experience was amazing. Impeccible service and we really felt like royalty. The dining room is beautiful and they did open the ceiling so we had a beautiful dinner "under the stars" (although the light polution is so bad in Paris, we couldn't see any stars). I had the truffle and foie gras macaroni which was astounding. My wife had the caviar with peas--she also loved it. We both got the Pigeon--the house specialty. It was fine, but really nothing to write home about. Dessert was good, but not especially memorable. Wine was perfect with the meal. Again, it was a wonderful, romantic evening, but I couldn't help thinking about how much it was costing me. Definitely not the value play of the trip. 3 out of 5.

Other notes: we had lunch one day at Fromagerie 31 on Rue de Seine. Excellent little place with a great selection of cheeses. Perfect "pick me up" after tromping around the sights all morning. Also, the DaRosa epicerie right across the street has some wonderful treats--chocolate covered almonds and sauternes raisins. They also have a great selection of hams that they cut right in front of you. We didn't eat lunch there, but they certainly are set up for it and it looked wonderful. We didn't get the Macarons at Laduree, but we did have an eclair and a millefeuille there and they were excellent. We DID get macarons from Pan de Sucre over in the Marais and they were astonishingly good. So fresh and intense, it was heaven.

Thanks to everyone on this board for their suggestions and recommendations. We had a great trip and a wonderful epicurian experience as a result.

May 19, 2008
hoiya in France

Les Elysées du Vernet: best value in town

So, it sounds like my reservation for May 7th should probably be changed? Shame, I was looking forward to this. I guess it gives me a good excuse to try Senderens instead.

Apr 17, 2008
hoiya in France

Sharing courses??

David,

I was thinking more of the size of my wallet than my waistline. If I wanted to save a few bucks here and there by ordering one app and/or desert rather than two. Of course I am much more inclined to order two desserts, but since the euro may be 2/1 by the time I get there, I'm trying to conserve.

I live in NC and yes, portions here are as big as everywhere else in the US(most places, anyway).

Hoiya

Mar 01, 2008
hoiya in France

Two New Kids on the Block--Anyone been?

Excellent point. I read that review as well. I am assuming it was a one-time mistake, but if there is a pattern, I'd steer clear. For a 17E lunch, though, even if they over charge a couple of euros, it still sounds like a bargain.

What about Afaria? As advertised?

Mar 01, 2008
hoiya in France

Two New Kids on the Block--Anyone been?

Anyone been to Quai Quai or to Afaria? I've seen lots of gossip/reviews on other boards and blogs. Both look like good fun places with good food.

Feb 29, 2008
hoiya in France

Sharing courses??

Phil,

Thanks. And thanks for the French lesson.

Hoiya

Feb 29, 2008
hoiya in France

Sharing courses??

Ok, apologies if this has been asked and answered. Is it frowned upon to share courses at Paris restaurants? If my wife and I want to split an entree of escargots or the desert, is that accepted (assuming, of course we are ordering a la carte) or will we be subjected to scorn and ridicule by the waiter, maitre d' and chef?

Feb 28, 2008
hoiya in France

First Cut of my List, Please advise

Many thanks. The menus on the website seemed to feature lots of "classics", so it seems like a great place for a first night dinner. We'll try it out.

Hoiya

Feb 26, 2008
hoiya in France

First Cut of my List, Please advise

Laidback,

you mention L'Auberge Bressane--my hotel has recommended it as someplace that is open on our first night in Paris (May 1). Do you think its a decent place or is it geared towards tourists?

Thanks for your feedback.

Hoiya

Feb 25, 2008
hoiya in France

Sunday Meals in the 7th?

I hope OP was able to use this post, but even if not, I certainly appreciate the recommendations and will keep them in mind when I am there. Someone mentioned Cocottes above. Is Fables de la Fontaine open on Sundays? Their website says they are open daily, but some of the guidebooks I've read say they are closed on Sunday. Anyone know?

Feb 06, 2008
hoiya in France

Wine, Wine and more Wine

PhilD,

Thanks. We are staying on Rue du Champs de Mars near Avenue Bosquet. Does that narrow things down some?

Also, any thoughts on Clos des Gourmets or Citrus Etoile (not sticking with the wine theme, but just curious about the food at these two)?

Thanks

Jan 12, 2008
hoiya in France

Wine, Wine and more Wine

More restaurant questions for those on the ground in Paris:

1. Has anyone been to Il Vino yet? I've read a couple of things about it and the concept is very interesting to me (you pick the wine, they pick the food). Any impressions?

2. From what I have heard, it seems like much of the buzz around both L'Astrance and Senderens is that they have great, creative cuisine, but also that they go out of their way to match it with excellent wine. If I can't get into L'Astrance (and I'm taking this as a given), is Senderens a good alternative?

3. Recommendations for good wine shops around the 7th where I can buy a relatively cheap bottle for a picnic lunch?

Thanks much!!

Jan 11, 2008
hoiya in France

Dining Itenirary--Suggestions

I'm way out ahead (or so I'd like to think) on this, but knowing that some reservations need to be made months (years??) in advance, I'm trying to put this to bed sooner rather than later. I am going to be in Paris in May, arriving on Thursday, May 1st and we are staying in the 7th. I am shooting for 2 "blow-out" dinners when we arrive and when we leave and then nice, but "affordable" dinners in between. Wanted at least one seafood restaurant and balance between the 7th, 5th, 6th and 4th. Here is what I've come up with so far:

Thursday: Violin d'Ingres
Friday: Bofinger (post-Opera)
Saturday: Fables de la Fontaine
Sunday: Benoit
Monday: Le Comptoir du Relais (we've got reservations already!)
Tuesday: Le Pamphlet
Wednesday: L'Astrance (assuming lightning strikes and I can get a reservation).

Others that are on my list for the "affordable" meals are:
Le Clos De Gourmets
Cafe Constant
Dome Du Marais
Citrus Etoile
Bastide Odeon
Ze Kitchen Galerie

Assuming L'Astrance doesn't work out, I was thinking of Helene Darroze but would welcome other suggestions. I'd prefer not to break the 200 Euro per person mark.

Thanks to all in advance and sorry for the long post.

Dec 30, 2007
hoiya in France

Le Chamaree/Moulin de la Galette

In doing research on restaurants in the 7th, I came accross several references to Le Chamaree. Looks like something I'd like to try, but the website seems to indicate that the chefs have given up on that restaurant and have re-located to Molin de la Galette. Is Chamaree still open, and if so is it still a Michelin starred restaurant? On the other end of things, is Moulin de la Galette now worth going to for more than the Renoir experience?

Dec 04, 2007
hoiya in France

Post-Opera Dining

Thanks, I figured as much. I will Just have to find another night to get to Le Dome. We will enjoy the ambience in Bofinger and stick to what they do well.

Nov 18, 2007
hoiya in France

Post-Opera Dining

Looking for suggestions for after the opera. We are going to a performance at the Opera Bastille. I know Bofinger is nearby and it is high on the list in spite of mixed reviews. Does anyone know if we can get to Dome du Marais from the Bastille before closing? (Opera ends around 10:15 or so)

Thanks in advance

Oct 30, 2007
hoiya in France

10th Anniversary in Paris...

VegasLata,

I am planning my 10th anniversary as well--For May of next year. Like you I have been obsessing over restaurants for the last month. Your list and mine are almost identical, although I am also looking for some more "casual" places near our hotel in the 7th. We've got our reservations at Comptoir and are waiting to call l'Astrance. Can't wait for it to get here.

Oct 08, 2007
hoiya in France

Paris restaurants open on May 1st

We will be travelling to Paris next may. Due to schedules and airline ticket availablity we are stuck with arriving in Paris on May 1st. Understand that the entire city shuts down that day (and maybe through the weekend). Any suggestions for restaurants that might be open to serve two jet-lagged souls a decent meal that day? We are staying in the 7th near Champ du Mars, so something within reasonable walking distance would be nice, but not a requirement.

Thanks in advance

Sep 23, 2007
hoiya in France