The best thing in Sitges ... Well, the best place to eat Japanese food that I've tried.
Tataki Roll (shrimp tempura inside, tuna "tataki" outside, and inside more goodies ... Best of the house)
What else to say? Ah well, yes: you have to go there. It's a must if you're in Sitges. But beware, Sitges in the summer, or a weekend that isn't in the middle of winter, you must call ahead, because that gets full. No wonder ;)
Located on Perill street in the southern part of the neighborhood of Gracia, El Bilbao is an institution. When we went it was hard to find because we thought it was a big restaurant given its reputation, with a huge facade. It is actually a modest place. Everyone in the area knew where el Bilbao was.
We went to have lunch and had a set meal for 11€, with more food than you can eat. We started with a plate with different types of ham and a salad and then a butifarra (sausage) served with mashed potatoes, all of this served with wine and then dessert.
It is one of these old restaurants that does not care about the fact that the neighborhood has become trendy. They still serve the same thing as decades ago, the waiters are all 50 and seem to work there since the place opened.
In short: it is a traditional place, at noon it is full of locals and workers and at night it is more of an exclusive place, it is more expensive. For example, there is a set meal for 35€ and out of the menu it also costs between 30€ and 50€ each.
Walking in El Born I found this restaurant specializing in cheese and I fell in love. The food was simply great, balanced, tasty and well-presented.
At noon there is a set meal for 11€ really worth having on the terrace in the sun. I went back several times with other people and they were all very satisfied.
By the way, the waitress is very professional and suggest some good wines to be combined with the dishes. My favorite dish is the Mimolette cannelloni filled with goat cheese, glazed shallot and pine nuts with apple puré. And for dessert cheese cake and vanilla ice cream.
Yummy, I am getting hungry now... Enjoy.
A very popular place in Mataró, the ham is exquisite and I highly recommended the fried food. The deal is very good with fast service. The negatives are waiting for a table and the lack of variety on the menu. The best season is summer when you can enjoy the sunny terrace and the proximity of the beach.
This weekend, taking advantage of the sunny days, we decided to go to Calella beach ... later we asked some people where we should go to eat something well priced, etc ... and they recommended this restaurant on the pedastrian street which had huge 70cm skewers as a special feature. Filled with meat or fish at a great price. People passing by the door stood surprised by the unusualness of this dish. We thought it was very good and recommend it without hesitation!
One of the first places my Catalan friends took me when I came to live in Barcelona and where I still go to sometimes. The Bar Central is located on La Rambla, inside the Boqueria market, more precisely on stands 494-496 and is the ideal place for an informal and quick lunch after a long walk in the center of the city.
There are no tables there, just a small counter with several stools around, always busy with tens of people almost fighting to get some space to eat in such a picturesque place, especially during the rush hour (from 12 to 2.30 in the afternoon).
This is why I recommend being very patient and ready to wait a few minutes before you get a spot. The truth is it is worth it. The products are of the finest quality: fish and seafood mainly, although there is also meat and vegetables.
The prices... well they are not exactly cheap. To get an idea, a lunch for two, with a big beer, a vermouth, octopus salad and a "ración" of baby squids cost 27€ the last time we went there (4€ for the drinks, 11€ for the salad and 12€ for the baby squids). But the portions are generous and we were completely full.
To sum up, a place I highly recommend to enjoy Mediterranean cuisine in the very center of Barcelona. Maybe it is a not a place to go everyday, but once in a while... it is not too bad.
I came back at Llantia for the second time, during a business trip to Barcelona and I also took the opportunity to meet some travel friends. A place that doesn't deceive me, in a neighborhood I love (El Born) and at a good price... What else can one ask for? (well, some company and conversing about trips is always excellent :-))
I really love the African-inspired decorations, the shape of the place (small rooms you enter through small arched doors) and the menu is very good! They have various pasta dishes and I would suggest ravioli filled with mushroom with provolone sauce (smooth)... Really tasty!
The salads, and also the rock fish pie with spinach sauce... And the chocolate sin!! Although that time I chose vanilla ice cream with orange juice, also delicious.
A place you shouldn't miss out on, for its intimate and relaxed atmosphere, the decoration and the location, very close to Santa María del Mar, in one of the narrow streets coming from Argentería El Born is so typical for.
I do recommend making reservations. Although the first time I went it was lunch time on Saturday, but it was surprisingly empty... it was in June or July. However, this time we found it as they had told us: full (we had booked).