Hi all! We have changed our itinerary so many times but we have now got time off an will be having a "White Christmas" (well a winter one anyway, which is special coming from Australia) as we will be honeymooning in Europe in December. Still dates tbc based on the La Liga fixtures (my soon to be husband is insistent it is a "must" that we see FC Barca play, which I think would be pretty great as well). Anyway, what is definite is that we will have 9 nights in Barcelona in early December (may or may not be there for the public holidays so we will tackle that when it comes around).
We will most definitely be there on 12 December as I have a booking at El Celler de Can Roca which I am most excited about.
This is my shortlist, I assume we won't make it everywhere as we typically only eat two meals out a day and if we have a big lunch won't have dinner (or will have snacks in our apartment). We are expecting to stay in an apartment on Passeig de Gracia opposite Casa Batlló.
Tapas 24 - Nearby and I am hoping to try their Bikini's and McFois burgers, amongst other things
Xurreia dels Bans Nous and La Granja - Churros and hot chocolate
Pinotxo/El Quim - Depending what time of day and how many times we visit La Boqueria!!
Moments at Mandarin Oriental - I have heard the lunch is great value and good for a special meal.
Lunch or Dinners
To (potentially) make reservations
Tickets - Reservation dependent, but I'm sure I will be fine.
Pakta - Would love to read some reviews (I have seen one only!) it sounds great.
Rias de Galicia
Nearby (won't make resos and will see how we go???)
La Pepita - This is a recent addition as I have heard its a good "neighbourhood" resto but this is coming from tourists so not sure??
Cervecaria Catalana - I have read mixed things, thoughts?
Cal Pep - Nothing against it!! But it isn't nearby and we tend to be quite lazy in the evenings so not sure if it is worth the trip??
We are not going to make it through the entire list, take out our day trip to Girona, another day trip, the night we go to the football and we don't have many meal opportunities left!
My must-eats are El Celler (already reserved) and Tickets. We are young (23 and 30) and prefer modern food when it comes to higher end (aka, more expensive) meals. I love tapas and the freedom they give you (you can eat as much or as little as you feel at the time) but we also like a formal sit down meal every now and then (I prefer lunch for these long more formal meals). We are not generally interested in Asian food when on holiday as Australia has a huge Asian influence (Pakta is the exception as this seems quite different to Japanese fusion food in Australia).
Ideally I would like to make a maximum of 3-4 reservations in addition to these two, and keep the other meals free for local dinners or meals wherever we may be (or meals in our apartment).
So, from this list, where would you make reservations? And what would you scratch? Is there any other/better options rather than those local restaurants I have mentioned?
Thanks so much in advance!