We are making our third trip to Spain in a few months and I'm working on the dining agenda. Recaps of our last trip are here ->
(There are also several threads scattered on this board).
This time around, we will have four days in San Sebastian, and a total of three days in Barcelona (with a side trip to Roses - which, I will admit, is about as obnoxiously unsubtle as those Harvard grads who say they went to school "in Cambridge").
We have already booked a dinner at Arzak (2nd visit) and a lunch at Etxebarri (1st visit). We will spend at least one evening doing a pintxos crawl, so I am looking to plan 1, possibly 2, other dinners in SS (pintxos crawl may follow lunch at Etxebarri). I'm thinking one more traditional dinner and, possibly, one more contemporary dinner. For the latter, I am leaning strongly toward Mugaritz assuming it has reopened by September. We did Akelare on our last trip, and though I enjoyed it, I'd sooner try something else than go back.
For the SS phase of our trip, I would welcome:
- Someone trying to talk me into Martin Beresategui (or somewhere else) instead of Mugaritz for another contemporary dinner; or not.
- Suggestions for a more traditional Basque meal. In the mix: Elkano; Zuberoa; Fagollaga; Bodegon Alejandro (?) Don't see these places mentioned much (or at all) on this board.
- Suggestions for new & good pintxos in SS. For what it's worth, I loved Aloña Berri, and also really enjoyed Casa Senra and Bar Bergara. I was not as impressed with Cuchara de San Telmo as others appear to be, though perhaps I ordered poorly.
As for Barcelona, we don't have any reservations yet. Though none were disappointing, I have yet to have a truly knock-your-socks off meal in BCN. Prior visits have included Dos Palillos, Moo, Paco Meralgo, Roig Robi, Cuines Sta. Caterina, and others I sadly no longer recall.
Considering some of the "bistronomic" type places - Gresca, Cinc Sentits, Semproniana. Have never been to Cal Pep, fearing it to be something of a tourist trap (though perhaps that fear is misplaced). Inopia is also on my list, as is Tapac 24. Anyone have any recent insights on Koy Shunka? Also need to factor into the mix that one of our nights in BCN is a Monday, which limits the options.
Help me find a knock-out meal in Barcelona?