Just came back from Barcelona and am still tired, yet content.
I posted my wishlist before traveling, and you can read about it here.
Unfortunately, my traveling partner proved less than optimal for my quests, so I didn't taste one Paella or a pork cheek...
Still, Barcelona is an amazing city, maybe the best I've been to and you can have some great food there.
Day 1: arrived later than expected and had some trouble with the apartment we got, so just went in to a nearby restaurant called Taverna del Bisbe.
day 2: Lunch at Gresca: got the 3 course meal for 19 E, root vegetables with Roquefort cheese, fresh tuna, and fruit salad/chocolate fondant.
Dinner at Sesamo: this is a vegetarian restaurant, very small and modest with great food. For starters had tomato bread and an eggplant with goat cheese dish. Followed it with a great spargel and pistachio risotto and a nut and beetroot salad. best of all was the chef's dessert selection: peanut butter cheesecake, pumpkin pie, and one of the best ice cream scoops ever: caramel and sea salt. one of the highlights of the tour.
Day 3: snack at Bar Pinotxo in la Boqueria. Had cuttlefish with small white beans. It was nice, but way overpriced for the size of the plate, kind of a ripoff actually.
Went to tapas 24. Place was full, so we waited for about 20 minutes. Even though we were about to be seated, we decided to leave, since the waitress there obviously didn't need our business by the way she behaved.
Marched off to La Rita, where we were informed that the place is closed (it was around 4.30 PM).
Limped in the direction of cerveceria catalana, waiting time was 40 minutes, so we decided to not bother.
In the end we ran out of planned options and just went into a simple looking place called EL Apeadero.
Day 4: Only had one meal, but a great one.
Day 5: Alas, this was not a great day.
DO NOT GO INTO CAL PAPI!
First of all the waitresses do not speak a word of English, they are businesslike and surly.
This is what you pay for this kind of platter on fifth avenue, in a local place with a single dirty toilet in Barcelona it amounts to a scam.
We left no tip and stuffed the toilet bowl with toilet paper, hopefully she got the message.
For dinner we went to Allium, a restaurant whose touristy location and clientele worried me. I had some tender octopus for a starter and a very salty part of an Iberian pork with great cabbage on the side.
For desserts, we got two cakes at Bubo: the famous chocolate one and a tender pear cream one. Washed it down with life affirming hot chocolate.
Day 6: Lunch at Cafe de l'Accademia. read lots of reviews about this place and it did not disappoint.
For dinner we headed over to La Paradeta.
Managed to get a chocolate pistachio creation at Bubo just before they closed.
All in all it was a great trip. Only had one really bad experience at Cal Papi.
Thank you Barcelona, i'll be back.
Just came back from Barcelona, what a great city!
Will be posting my quick and dirty reviews soon.
Thanks again, someone praised Jai Ca as a great seafood joint in some blog and it seemed nice and undiscovered.
Another question: is mass produced Turron, like the ones made by PICO, available in supermarkets all year round?
Thanks Caganer for some great tips,
Allium looks really exciting.
My current list of candidates for the 6 days looks like this:
1 Lunch menus: Allium, Gresca, La Mer salada, and possibly Cinc Sentits
I envy me!
I'm missing a place for a great juicy steak, as my lust for steaks has declined recently, if anyone has a tip on an unmissable cut of meat I might try to rekindle my lust.
La Cova Fumada looks like just what I was looking for.
Any other tips by anyone would be appreciated.
Me and a buddy are going to Barcelona next week for six days.
We are both food fans, but have a budget of max. 40 Euros for a meal that does not include drinks (only aqua for us), and most places should be within the 10-25 Euros range.
I looked at some posts and the forum and came up with interesting places like Paco Meralgo, La mar salada, Flo, Gresca, Sesamo, Quimetx2.
What I'd really like to hear from you is, which places are the best for these dishes or cuisines:
1 Goose barnacles , if in season and less than 40 E a pop.
Thanks in advance!
Belgrade has great food.
Midtown Grill is expensive but the food is amazing, world class steaks and a great key lime pie.
Jolesch is my fave in town and they offer the best lunch deal in the city.
For amazing crab and great seafood try the Portugese La Sepia
To get stuffed on all you can eat Chinese, Mongolese and surprisingly good sushi
Hamburg is a great city, enjoy!
Thanks for the feedback everyone!
I booked lunch for Commander's palace and will book one for Brigtsen's soon, will improvise and decide on other places when i'm in NOLA.
All the best
I'm visiting the USA from Berlin, Germany in May and am very excited to spend 3 days in a city whose culinary delights are legendary.
I already did some research but would appreciate some feedback and maybe more tips.
Before that i have a question regarding reservations: are they necessary for most restaurants in NOLA?
Now for my culinary prospects.
Here are my candidates so far, not sure how many i can squeeze into 3 days without busting an artery...
Cafe du monde: seems like a coffee and beignets here is a must.
Let me know what you think and which unmissable dishes i am missing.
All the best
Thank you all for the help and tips.
All the best and Bon Appetit !
I will be in NYC from the 3rd to the 6th of May, then a few days in Boston and New Orleans (yummy), then back in NYC from the 11th to the 20th of May with maybe a short foray to Philly and DC.
Thanks for all the help.
I've decided on the two restaurants i will visit for sure.
Bouley because the menu looks very interesting and very few people find it disappointing.
I might visit EMP or one of the JG too if i like the experience at Bouley as much as i hope to just to see how it compares.
Currently researching the best non prix fixe dishes that interest me in NYC and will post on the forum later this month.
Thanks again and Bon Appetit!
Thank you all for your help and input.
I will be in your city on the 7th and 8th of May and hope it's as nice and cosy as this forum.
Still not sure what i will see in Boston, i will be traveling with a friend who's on a business trip there so it depends a lot on what time he finishes business.
Will also be in NYC and New Orleans this trip so i will concentrate on the fresh coastal seafood Boston has to offer which means i will probably hit Neptune for oysters and a lobster roll in the early evening.
Thanks for all the help!
I'm visiting from Berlin in May and will spend a day and a half in Boston.
Have already done a bit of research and here's what i came up with.
Neptune: most people seem to love it.
Giacomo's: also highly rated and looks interesting.
Sam Lagrassa's sandwiches: who doesn't love a great sandwich.
Thanks again for the help.
I thought about JG instead of Nougatine but most places people seem to think that Nougatine offers a better deal and atmosphere is nicer there so right now i think it has the edge.
There seems to be a new candidate too.
I also started checking the opentable website and it seems that apart from EMP all the other places are not that difficult to get a table at, which of course makes EMP more desirable :-)
Thanks again for the help.
EMP is actually on my possible list but i'm a little wary because judging by the photos the portions seem kind of tiny and the concept of picking an ingredient instead of a course is a bit daunting, i like to research not only where to eat but also what to eat at each place and even at a place like EMP not all entrees are created equal.
Currently i'm thinking it's a choice of 2 or more of the following places for lunch.
Name: ABC kitchen
Name: Nougatine at jean George
Name: Del Posto
Name: Eleven Madison Park
Would appreciate some feedback.
Thank you Kathryn for your help.
1 I will probably be going for the lunch menu on weekdays only so that's probably not going to be a problem.
2 Always happy for some more suggestions from CHers.
My budget per person before the extras is around 60$, could be more if meal is extremely good but of course would prefer it to be less.
About what i'm looking for:
I will probably only eat in Manhattan and any neighborhood will do although places near Madison square park/New York Life building are my preferred ones.
Thanks for the help
Hello my fellow Foodies!
I'm planning my second trip to NYC in May and would appreciate some help and feedback.
Hopefully i will be visiting at least one or two of these recommended restaurants for their lunch specials.
My questions are:
Thanks in advance and cheers