Cornelia And Co – Barcelona, Spain

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Screen Shot 2014-10-02 at 3.06.15 PMabove photo © Heather Merenda

Cornelia And Co

(34) 93 – 272 3956
Carrer de València
Eixample District
08007 Barcelona, Spain

www.corneliaandco.com

Open Hours:
12:00 – 1:00am  Monday – Thursday
10:00 – 1:00am  Saturday – Sunday

Cornelia and Co is a stylish deli style coffee shop/wine bar/ bakery designed by GCA architects. A lovely interior made up of decoupage chairs and rustic elements provide a nice backdrop for the best coffee we had during our Barcelona trip.

Stop by for a very easy atmosphere, a good cheese selection, lovely pastries and giant chocolate easter eggs!

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Cornelia_005 Cheese plate
Cornelia_003patatas bravas
pathFoto3312above photo © GCA architects
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Cornelia_008giant chocolate Easter egg

Bar Cañete – Barcelona, Spain

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Canete3above photo © Bar Cañete

Bar Cañete

(34) 93 – 270 3458
Carrer de la Unió, 17
Raval District
08001 Barcelona, Spain

www.barcanete.com

Open Hours:
13:00 – 24:00    Monday – Saturday

Bar Cañete is a wonderful Catalunian tapas bar.  It came highly recommended by a local bohemian foodie.  It is quite the institution, with their large kitchen staff, wonderful displays and very charming sommeliers.  The Bar is not to be confused with the Cañete Restaurant next door; where you need to make a reservation (which we did not do).

Bar Cañete was so good, we went twice during our short visit.  What stood out so far that it was ordered twice (each visit), was the cocas con tomato (toasted bread with tomato) that was the second best we had in Barcelona (after L’eggs)!

Other top dishes were the salmorejo Cordobez, a spectacular thicker version of the classic gazpacho, the bogavente (lobster) croquette, and the grilled artichokes with romesco.

We’ll let the photos do the talking .. but please be sure that Bar Cañete is worth seeking out!

Bar-Canete_005Salmorejo Cordobez
Bar-Canete_007  grilled artichokes with romesco
Bar-Canete_009Zamburiñas a small delicious scallop
Bar-Canete_014fricando de rap bolets (monkfish stew with mushrooms)
Bar-Canete_008grilled calamari sandwich with aioli
Bar-Canete_004Salmorejo Cordobez
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Bar-Canete_011garlic and trumpet mushroom soup with a poached egg, a bit heavy for our palate
Canete1above photo © Bar Cañete

 

Bar Mut – Barcelona, Spain

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Garrett Ziegle-above photo © Garrett Ziegler

Bar Mut

(34) 93 – 217 4338
Calle Pau Claris, 192,
Eixample District
08037 Barcelona, Spain

www.barmut.com

Open Hours:
12:30 – 24:00  Monday – Friday
11:30 – 24:00  Saturday – Sunday

We found and fell in love with Barmut over our kitchen table in New York City.  Chef Albert Mendiola’s anti-promo video on the website is more like a Jim Jarmousch’s  Vampire film “Only Lovers left Alive“, then an enticing view of his moody and delectable establishment.

In life, thankfully, the service is very warm and accommodating; as we were not familiar with most of the extensive local wine list, we received a very fun crash curse and tasting from the sommelier – without any attitude or up-sell.

The food was heavenly.   In a city known for seaside taps, Barmut had he softest, most delicious octopus we found in Barcelona.  Seriously.  It was grilled to perfection with just enough fire flavor to enhance, not overwhelm.  The paprika potatoes on the side are the perfect companion.  My mouth is watering a little just remembering the dish!

If you are in Barcelona, we highly recommend Barmut!

Some other quick notes on the menu:

Scallops with aioli -> perfect :)
The Pan con tomato was the 3rd best for us in Barcelona  (we became a bit aficionado in our pursuit of the perfect Pan con Tomate !)
The gambas a la brasa, were pretty good, if you are a fan of the dish.
The Egg yolk carpaccio, with fried potato and shrimp we found a bit heavy.

A reservation is recommended, we found the best place to sit is one of the tall table.  There is also outdoor siting for those lovely Barcelona nights :)

Bar-Mut_005top octopus
Bar-Mut_006Scallops with aioli – a must order!!
Bar-Mut_008Egg yolk carpaccio, with fried potato and shrimp
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