Restaurants & Bars

4 Nights in Barcelona,4 Restaurants(long)

Tony Finch | Oct 25, 200109:50 AM

Just spent 4 nights in Barcelona,so 4 restaurants:

1).Asador de Burgos,C/Bruc 118.
This a meat roasting restaurant and there's little point in going there to eat anything else.You need to book your main course in advance.Suckling pig had very nice,thin,crispy crackling,lamb cutlets were thin and sweet and brought to the table on their own mini brasa.There are steaks and suckling lamb.What you see is what you get here and there are no frills food-wise.About £20-£30 per head with wine.

2).Tallia Mar-at the end of a mall overlooking the Olympic Port.
The most 'upmarket'place we chose(they keep the wine out of reach and pour it for you-hmm).Comfortable and spacious with a nice view from the window tables.The menu is a little confusing(even the English version)as it doesn't divide in to starters and main courses.When asked the pleasant waiter said you could order"a few things and share",which wasn't exactly helpful.There is a long tasting menu for £32 per head but both have to have it.
The stand out was a risotto of prawns with"creamed corn and a pedro ximenez(sweet sherry)reduction" This was delicious but was ordered as a main course (and priced as such) but was only starter size(at least I thought so).There was also roast pigeon in the style of Joel Robuchon,which appeared to mean on a (very thin)puree of potato and more sweet wine.Desserts were art on a plate types.
Expensive,though not by London standards.We paid £92 for two,but we did have 2 bottles of wine and coffees and brandys.

3).Cafe de l'Academia in Placa St Just
Open at 8.45pm and full by 9.Great atmosphere but very cramped and smoky.Excellent well priced house wines and good 'mid-range'food.I had a wonderful veal hamburger(no bun,folks)that was so rare it was almost a tartare,topped with a slice of foie and served with a lovely little potato and vegetable cake.About £22 per head with wine.

4)La Yaya Amelia Mantequaria,Corcega 537
This a deli and wine shop with tables,easily confused with La Yaya Amelia Restaurante which is round the corner,owned by the same people and,as far as I could see,serving the same menu.It's exactly like an Italian enoteca,the decor consisting of shelves of wine for sale,although there is a mark-up for wine consumed there.
It's a terrific little place,but more for wine than food lovers,although the food was perfectly OK.Unfortunately we were the only punters on a Tuesday night,which made for a distinct lack of atmosphere,but the young waitress was charming and we weren't rushed.Red wine is decanted with aplomb by the young wine waiter.If you like it(I'm so-so about it)bacalao is a speciality.Again we had 2 bottles of wine and some sweet wine with a lovely brulee with glazed wild strawberries(the best dish).About £20 per head plus depending on quantity/quality of wine.

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