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July 16, 2011

Txapela, Barcelona…indulge and try various types of tapas

Near the Plaza de Catalunya (Barcelona’s main square), there is a decent place for tapas where we have the option to get seated by the tapas bar or the tables. Try the first floor, where it is a bit quieter.

The menu consists of about 50 different pictures, usually bread or toast but not always topped with different things: vegetables, meats, cheeses, tortillas, seafood, you name it. The prices of pintxos (or small tapas) is about €2 – €4.  However, the serving is small and often bite sizes only, which is in fact quite good because we get to indulge and try more types of tapas.

This is Tapas 101 for the clueless diner who wants to learn tapas. This is the true truth and I say it as it is…

June 11, 2011

Restaurante Botafumeiro, Barcelona…food and service were good but not value for money.

Good restaurant but too expensive. Good quality and delicious seafood. The staff were friendlyand helpful.

It didn’t come cheap. It was pricey, in fact, it’s overpriced. Probably won’t go back there. There are a lot of other great restaurants in Barcelona which offers equal or better ambience, service and food at better value and price, so you should probably give this one a miss. This is still the true truth because I am still saying it as it is…

May 16, 2011

Restaurant MariscCo, Barcelona…my best fish and seafood meal in Barcelona. Ever.

Restaurant MarisCo is a delicious and good value-for-money seafood restaurant in Barcelona – most unique due to its seafood’s freshness and informal “fish market” atmosphere.

Just walk up to the fish & seafood counter upon entering the restaurant and choose your fish and seafood amidst its explosion of colours enhanced by the pure white of the ice that surrounds all kinds of fish, lobsters, crabs, squids, shrimps, prawns and seashells. Once you’ve decided what you’d like to eat (it’s not easy with so much choice!), you go sit down and enjoy your wine or sangria de cava at your table while your delicacies are being cooked (once again, you have a choice as to how you want your food cooked – Andalusia style or grilled). In summary, you decide what and how you would like  – and you only pay for what is selected and weighed. Try their very delicious version of lobster paella.

This is Barcelona’s seafood at its best. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

May 8, 2011

Bar Central “la Boqueria”, Barcelona…Exquisitely fresh seafood. IT IS WELL WORTH IT!!!

On my first trip to Barcelona years ago, I went to Bar Central (which is located in La Boqueria, Barcelona’s most famous market)  for breakfast every day. Years later, on my third visit to Barcelona, I went there twice for breakfast. I tell you this: IT IS WELL WORTH IT!!! The food was still excellent.

You will be spoilt for choices. There’s the extensive menu written on the board. You can also take a look around and see what’s good on the counter. I tend to look at other people’s plates. If, after all that, you don’t know what to order, just ask them to cook for you. But you must definitely have some of the exquisitely fresh seafood which will be drizzled with garlic and parsley/olive oil.

Go early to get a seat, otherwise you’re just going to have to stand patiently behind the other patrons, waiting for their seats to free up! This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

March 19, 2011

PLA Restaurant, Barcelona…perfect for a special meal for two

PLA is a lovely restaurant with a very intimate setting and romantic mood ambience just a short walk from Las Ramblas.  If you’re celebrating a romantic occasion, book ‘la cova’ –  a little private alcove which is perfect for a special meal for two.

Location-wise it is close to impossible to find, but it is worth the trouble. The service was excellent, the amiable, bilingual staff very friendly but pity the Catalan food doesn’t match up to everything else. That’s not to say that it is bad, but it’s just that it is nothing special.

PLA is a feast for the senses. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

February 19, 2011

Dans Le Noir, Barcelona…dining in complete darkness – a very bizarre dinner exprience

Filed under: Food & Beverage, restaurant, Spain — Tags: , , , , — PEr @ 6:00 pm

You have dinner here in complete darkness. The concept is simple: we are served a three-course  meal with guidance from visually impaired servers. It is so dark, you can’t even see the fingers on your own hand. You can’t see what you are eating. They don’t tell you what you’re eating until after the meal.

Unlike entering a cinema, when your pupils and eyes get used to it after a while and adjusts, here you REALLY can’t see anything. Nothing. I found myself opening and peeling my eyes as wide as possible but the human eye does not adjust to this kind of intense darkness. Then I began to cock my head to the side and tried harder to listen and use my other senses. This restaurant gave me a glimpse into the experience of the blind people. The eating process was rather primitive. I used my hands to try to locate my food and it was tedious to get it into my mouth.

You sit very close to the other diners but you can only hear them but not see them.The food is dissapointing for the price they charge. I’m no seasoned wine drinker but can tell a good wine from a bad one and this was not good. But then again, now I fully understand how a dining experience in a restaurant is made good or bad by the setting/ decor, environment and food presentation. Being stripped of sight certainly dampened the enjoyment of eating.

Mixed feelings about this place. None the less as long as you bear in mind you are not expecting Michelin starred food, it’s worth to go there at least once for that unique experience. I will never take my eyesight for granted anymore. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

January 16, 2011

Le Meridien Barcelona…Prime location. Need I say more?

Located right on the Las Ramblas, the main street with plenty going on. This means everything is literally at the doorstep:  the metro, La Boqueria market, many shops, squares, the shore, restaurants and every hot spots except (Sagrada Famelia & Parc Guell).

The room has small  little touches, like the blue light that comes on in the night if you get up. The bathrooms have the large disc shower heads–nice

Front line staff were adequately knowledgeable but gave the impression that “they have to serve” rather than “they want to serve”. The shining star of the team must certainly be Martha at Front Desk. She has plenty of enthusiasm and demonstrated genuine interest and initiative  to help and serve.  This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

December 27, 2010

La Roca Village, Barcelona…worth a visit

La Roca Village is a factory designer outlet shopping mall located 45 minutes from Barcelona. There is a direct bus connection from Plaza Catalunya.

It is designed as if it were a village, which of course is where the name comes from, so it is an open space with wide boulevards and several restaurants. There are over 100 luxury designer names like Versace, Zegna, La Perla, Loewe, Hugo Boss, Polo Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein. Across the village, don’t miss out the Nike and MNG stand-alone outlets.

This is worth a visit as there are so many shops in such a close proximity. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

December 19, 2010

Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, Barcelona…a must!

The place is so gorgeous and coloured and lively I could see it again and again and enjoy it every time as the first time. Do keep in mind that this is not only a market to come and buy, but also to enjoy the pleasure of wandering around. Everything is just so colorful and delicious looking.

I always buy freshly squeezed and concocted fruit juices which are amazing and so cheap! Breakfast every morning here (the bread feels like it’s out of the oven straight into our mouths) is a must.  La Boqueria’s best feature may be its huge fresh Seafood Section. However, other food items are also available. For example: many kiosks sell typical Catalan and Spanish foods, including famous Iberian hams.

This is one of my favourite places in Barcelona. If you go to Barcelona and want to feel and taste the local culture, you have to go here. This is the true truth because I say it as it is…

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