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Wine-paired tasting menus in Barcelona with one non-drinker

janek27 | Dec 2, 201007:49 AM

Hi all,

I am excitedly planning a year end trip to Barcelona and have benefited from reading back all the posts over the last few months on this board, thank you.

I am planning on dining out at a restaurant with a tasting menu on the evening of December 31 and am contacting several restaurants to see about making a reservation. The first hit I have had back is Hisop - very excited! My question is, how do restaurants with wine-paired tasting menus handle parties in which one of the guests doesn't drink? I don't drink, my boyfriend does.

With tasting menus we have had in NYC, often we have found that there is the tasting menu for a certain price (say $115) and you have the option of adding wine pairings with each course for an additional cost (say $80). The tasting menus I have seen in Barcelona (and I admit I haven't seen that many) are all inclusive of the wine pairings for each course.

It wouldn't ruin my trip to have to pay the full tasting menu course even though I wasn't taking advantage of the wine pairings, but obviously it would leave a more pleasant taste in my mouth if the restaurant deducted a bit from the cost of my meal, or gave me some fancy mocktails or an extra course or something - just so I didn't feel like a sucker for paying for something I didn't get.

Does anyone have experience with this and know how the better restaurants in Barcelona handle this situation? My boyfriend doesn't want to over-do it with the wine so would be unlikely to drink my glasses.

One thing I was considering was mentioning when I make the reservation that there will be one non-drinker, and if they have any sparkling water or non-alcoholic drinks that could be substituted, that would be nice -- and then let the chips fall where they may in terms of the restaurant's reducing the bill.

I hope I don't come off as super demanding - just trying to figure out what the custom is here, if there is one. Again, I am fine with paying full freight and don't want to take advantage of the restaurant.

Thanks everyone!


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