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Up-to-date Barcelona advice please (little sister's honeymoon!)

MylesF | Aug 7, 201501:18 AM     5

Ignore the slightly odd title: I'm not planning her honeymoon for her but she has asked me for advice about where to eat in Barcelona because a)I've been twice before, and b)I'm obsessive about planning these things (refer to my New York thread for evidence).

I tried to book Tickets last night, but their website crashed and when it came back online it was already booked out (for October 6th). I can try booking the 7th and 8th too, but I'm pretty skeptical about my chances. I'm really disappointed about that, as we wanted to make it a wedding present for them. As an alternative, I booked Pakta because I think they'll really enjoy it even if it isn't Spanish food. Are there any up-to-date opinions about it? I know it's a totally different restaurant to Tickets, but is it of similar quality to be an acceptable fallback?

Pakta still be a big novelty for them, even if it's not as novel as Tickets. I probably would cancel Pakta if I could get Tickets; is there anything else I can do but try their website at midnight and hope I get lucky? Would somewhere like ABaC be a better alternative?

I was planning on booking Paco Meralgo for them, as it was the best tapas style meal we had there on our last trip (almost two years ago though) although Canete has certainly piqued my interest. I think they can fit them both in however. Should I suggest they book Canete? Or Bodega 1900? I don't want to book everything, because it's their trip but I know some places will need advance reservations and I know they'll love Paco Meralgo.

One of the highlights of our last trip was lunch in Suculent (it hadn't been open very long back then) but recent mentions here make it sound a bit disappointing. We had lunch in Alkimia two years ago too, and it was fine but nothing special. As an alternative to Suculent I'm thinking of recommending Gresca to them for lunch. Should I book that in advance, or is it something they can book easily enough closer to October?

Incidentally, even two years ago, Tapas 24 was a travesty compared to our first visit back in 2007. We visited Cinc Sentis then too, before they got their star, and it was fantastic.

Pakta aside I'm mainly going to recommend tapas/Spanish places, like for example Quimet y Quimet (where I haven't actually been) so any up-to-date recs would be appreciated. I'll endeavour to post a report when they're back.

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