We just returned from a short trip and I wanted to share reviews of two excellent restaurants: El Bixto in Barcelona and Gastromium in Seville.
We were intending to go to the highly regarded Con Gracia in Barcelona, but due to the general strike of 3/29, we had to leave the city early. However, we were thrilled with El Bixto. We are the kinds of people who like good food at reasonable prices -- we generally don't go to super-expensive places. El Bixto was perfect. It is small and cozy -- maybe 4 tables and a bar -- with a great deal of charm. The staff was incredibly friendly. And the food was great. As with many places in Barcelona, many of the choices were seafood. There's no printed menu; just daily specials posted on little signs, in Spanish and English. Everything we had was good: the Bonito, the foie -- everything. Not a bad selection. Sorry that I did not take better notes.
(And by the way: we went to El Bixto on the way to the Palau de Musica Catalana -- which has got be one of the most gorgeous music halls I have ever seen. It is 50 feet away, so if you are going to El Bixto, at least go take a look at the Palau, and if there's a concert there, go see it.)
Gastromium, in Seville, was also great. It seems as if 75% of the storefronts in the old city center are bars and tapas places, and many of these are excellent. But if you are in the mood for something a bit different, Gastromium is a great choice. You can choose small plates are larger ones. Here, again, everything was fantastic. Truly. And if you can believe it, for our party of four, with a bottle of wine, the cost was $110. So the pricing was very reasonable.
We were chosing between Gastromium and Abades. Abades has a riverside location in the center of the city, which was quite tempting, but it looked a good deal more expensive and the reviews on some other sites were quite mixed. No view at Gastromium, but a modern, attractive interior. It was, however, a bit loud.
Enjoy your meals.