I just want to thank Mr. Grub and Sylvia G. for their posts about L'Olive in Barcelona. My husband and I returned on Monday from Spain (Barcelona, Huesca, Teruel, Valencia) and L'Olive was our best meal--a truly memorable experience. We had actually made a reservation at El Raco con Fabes for that night--we'd been there once before and absolutely loved it--but a relatively recent Chowhound post also convinced us that we didn't want to spend 600 euros (including transportation) on any meal anywhere. So we changed to L'Olive and were not sorry at all.
We had the tasting menu:
Shared: Crispy toasts with tapenade (amuse)
Bread with tomato (the best we've ever had)
Pimientos de Padron(great memory from Galicia)
Mixed Catalan sausages (wonderful)
Gambas al ajilla (what could be bad?)
Me: Duck confit with roasted potatoes (to die for)
Marty: Grilled veal "sirloin" with foie gras (ditto)
Shared: Coconut ice cream with flan (loved it)
Roast peach with vanilla ice cream (weak link)
Wine: Muga 1999 Rioja
Aside from the roast peach dessert, which was okay but nothing special, there wasn't a single bite of anything we would have changed. And the entire bill came to only 114 euros including the tip.
Our 2 other Barcelona meals were Drolma (elegant, perfect service, and very good food--but not as good as L'Olive and more expensive) and Ca L'Isidre, which we also enjoyed, especially the baby goat and the monkfish.
I'd love to be able to report on paella in Valencia, but our trip was cut short because my husband developed a kidney stone and we had to come home. (He's fine now, thank goodness.) Thanks again to all of you whose posts helped us.