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Bar Mut – Barcelona, Spain

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 🙂

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Bar-Mut_006Scallops with aioli – a must order!!
Bar-Mut_008Egg yolk carpaccio, with fried potato and shrimp
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Pullman – Montreal, Canada

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Pullman

Wine Bar and Tapas Bar
(1) 514 288-7779
424 Avenue du Parc,
Montréal (QC)  H2X 2H5 Canada

www.pullman-mtl.com

OPEN HOURS:
4:30 pm – 1:00am  Daily

The first thing that catches the eye at Montreal’s Pullman is the large centerpiece – a wine grass chandelier.  Quite a remarkable and clever design for wine bar.

While on first glance Pullman seems small and unassuming, it is largely due to the clever design of the space by Cabinet Braun-Braën.  The  restaurant is divided into small vignettes over its multilevel retro-futuristic expanse; Pullman is large enough to host 150 guests.  All of whom are enjoying their lovely meals in tranquility!

The tapas menu is a simple check-box card to be filled in with the provided pencils; very practical and fun.  The wine menu, however,  is a bit overwhelming with more then 340 choices!

Pullman delights in all respects.  I would say that the photos of the food do them justice.  The dishes are as tasty as they are attractive!

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Reggiano Parmesan croquettes with a smoked piperade
Pullman-001Wild  scallops carpaccio with olive oil, daisy buttons and spring greens
Pullman-014Front: crispy green beans with truffle oil and roasted almonds; Back: port-steeped cheddar grilled cheese.
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warm plate of winter vegetables on a bed of saffron mayo and a crown pretzel
Pullman-005Mixed Fried Mushrooms, Crostini and Watercress
Pullman-009Ricotta Gnocchi, Roasted Tomato Fondue and Basil
Pullman-012   Russian style gravlax, curated in sea salt, accompanied by hard boiled quail eggs (cooked to perfection, no sulfur stain aground the yolk), cream, salmon roe, condiments and blinis

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Socarrat – New York

Socarrat Paella Bar - NY

Socarrat Paella Bar

(1) 212 –  462  1000
259 W 19th St
New York, NY 10011-4019
(bet 8th & 7th Ave)
New York, NY, 10003

www.socarratpaellabar.com

OPEN HOURS:
Lunch  11:3o am – 2:30am   Monday  – Friday
Dinner  5:0o pm – 11:00pm   Monday  – Sunday

Owned by Jesus “LoLo” this unassuming Spanish communal restaurant is a jewel in Chelsea.  The space is dominated by a tall communal table and framed by  Diego Velazquez images and dim light. Chef Felipe Camarillo has created a true paella experience  to delight the palate.

After so many years of there not being a true Spanish restaurant in New York City, I have finally been able to experience that which had been only gastronomic description!  The gazpacho is just exploding with fresh flavors and I fell for the Pisto Manchego – a plate that consists of sauteed vegetables topped with melted Manchego Cheese.

They even have a top vegetarian Paella called the de la Huerta which has asparagus, sugar snow peas, artichokes, green
beans, mushroom, green zucchini, tomatoes.  Wish we were near there right now!

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