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Petit Comité – Barcelona, Spain

GarrettZiegler-1above photo © Garrett Ziegler

Petit Comité

(34) 93 – 550 0620
Passatge de la Concepció, 13
Eixample District
08008 Barcelona, Spain

www.petitcomite.cat

Open Hours:
13:00 – 16:00   Lunch Everyday
20:00 – 23:00    Diner Everyday

When in Barcelona, consider a visit to the informal restaurant of Michelin stared chef Nandu Jubany .  You can learn more about Jubany as he is a member of the “Science & Cooking” talks at Harvard University.

The restaurant itself is of modern design, with clean lines and a general air of significance.   A combination of formality and professionalism abound.

Our amuse bouche was a calamari salad and potato pillows.  They were quite elaborate via the effect of double frying at different temperatures.

Of course,  we had the Catalan staples of cocas con tomate (bread with tomato), and  escalibada,  (grilled vegetables) with anchovies and romesco sauce. (Though we would probably order a bowl of the Romesco if possible!)

The grilled octopus with  mashed potatoes and cayenne were good, but what we liked best was the esqueixada bacalla  (fresh flaked salty cod)  with tomato. It was very fresh and tender (and didn’t give me my Octopus guilt trip).

The Truita de botifarra   (open omelette)  with morels, goat cheese and tomato bread sounded better on the menu, as the eggs were too dry and the effect was lost.

Overall, it was quite a nice meal and we were happy and satisfied!

Petit-Comite_002amuse bouche; potatoe pillows
Petit-Comite_003esqueixada bacalla  (Fresh flaked salty cod with tomatoe)
Petit-Comite_007bescalibada (grilled vegetables with anchovies and romesco sauce)
Petit-Comite_011grilled octopus with  mashed potatoes and cayenne
Petit-Comite_009Truita de botifarra  –   Open omelette with morrells, goat cheese and tomato bread
Petit-Comite_012Bomb Xocolate (chocolate and olive oil ice cream)  a bit heavy
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Santa Caterina Market – Barcelona, Spain

Dan-koniak-staCaterinaMarketabove photo © Dan Koniak

Santa Caterina Market

(34) 93 – 319 5740
Avinguda de Francesc Cambó, 16
08003 Barcelona, Spain

www.mercatsantacaterina.com

Open Hours:
7:30 – 14:00    Monday
7:30 – 15:30    Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday
7:30 – 20:00   Thursday & Friday

Santa Caterina Market, is the oldest covered food market in Barcelona, it was built in1865 on the site of the Convent of Santa Caterina.

It was remodeled in 2005, by Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue, into a modern structure  with a mosaic tile  undulated roof.

We like the Santa Caterina Market as it is much less touristic then the Boqueria.  Here you actually see locals byung groceries – as supposed to the Boqueria’s packs of bus tourists!

The wares are pure Cataluña, with fresh seafood in all its forms dominating the scene. If you are lucky enough to have a kitchen in Barcelona, The Santa Caterina food market is a great place to stock up!

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Santa-Caterina-Market_008cigalas
Santa-Caterina-Market_013cintas (cepola macrophthalma)
Santa-Caterina-Market_012Monkfish
  Santa-Caterina-Market_010angulas
Santa-Caterina-Market_009sepias (cuttlefish)
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Rick-Ligthelmabove photo © Rick Ligthelm

Cuines Sta Caterina – Barcelona, Spain

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Cuines Sta Caterina

(34) 93 – 268 9918
Avinguda de Francesc Cambó, 16
08003 Barcelona, Spain

www.grupotragaluz.com

Open Hours:
9:00 – 23:00    Sunday – Wednesday
9:00 – 24:00    Thursday  –  Saturday

Inside the Santa Caterina Market, one of the less touristic food market in Barcelona, is Cuines Sta Caterina.  Yes, it appears slightly touristic at a glance,  but don’t let that keep you away.  It is a quality restaurant with real food, outdoor dining and a few different ways to eat; from standard tables to styled dining bars.

When planing our visit to Barcelona, were a bit disheartened to miss the Calçot season  (November – April).  This is one of the joys of the Catalan countryside.  We were very lucky to find the end of the harvest at Cuines Sta Caterina.

Calçots are a type of spring onions unique  to Cataluña, and traditionally they are grilled on high fire, wrapped up in news paper and then served on upside down terracotta tiles.  One eats them by completely peeling the the outer charred layer and generously dipping the onion in romesco sauce, it gets a bit messy but, my god is it really worth it!

If for nothing else, we will forever be in debt to Cuines Sta Caterina for allowing us this whet our appetite for this amazing culinary experience!

Cuines-Sta-Caterina_006calçots  en la brasa
Cuines-Sta-Caterina_014Calçots
Cuines-Sta-Caterina_009pimientos de padron
Cuines-Sta-Caterina_012 pan con tomate
Cuines_1Tabove photo tapas bar © Grupo Tragaluz
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