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Dining in Barcelona – Nouveau Cuisine at its Finest

Oct 20, 2009 | Europe, Our Travels | 0 comments

The best food we ate while in Spain was in Barcelona. Below are my favorites.

Torre D’Alta Mar restaurant is located at the top of a former water tower. This is a picture of it below.

The views of the harbor and the city are fantastic—as are the prices.

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I can’t complain though because of their exceptional service. We left our camera in the taxi on the way to the restaurant. All taxis are black and yellow and there are over 40 different cab companies so trying to track down this particular cab was going to be difficult. The doorman, who sits downstairs at the bottom of the tower, kept watching the cabs going by to see if he could recognize the driver. Believe it or not, he did, and halfway through the meal he delivered our camera to us on a plate. Boy, were we lucky!

Below is their version of bread pudding with ice cream.

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Pla – I loved the atmosphere in this restaurant. It is located in the old city on a tiny, narrow street. Food was delicious and reasonably priced for Barcelona.

Café de L’Academia – Another great choice for outstanding food and a cozy atmosphere. The building dates from the 15th century, in a charming setting of brown-stone walls and ancient wooden columns. Don’t be late, though, or you’ll lose your table.

Hisop – I had researched several restaurants in Barcelona that I wanted to go to for my birthday. All of them were booked and required 1-2 weeks advance notice. After much frustration I appealed to the concierge for a recommendation and he suggested Hisop. What a find!! This tiny restaurant served incredibly creative dishes combining items you would never think of. For example, one appetizer layered rice, whole yolks of quail eggs, fried baby squids, topped with crumbles of quail egg whites cooked to a crisp. My sister and her husband joined us in Barcelona to celebrate my BIG birthday and we had a great meal.

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