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Bar Mut – Barcelona, Spain

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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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Coure – Barcelona, Spain

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Coure

(34) 93 – 200 7532
PJ Marimon 20,
08001 Barcelona, Spain

www.restaurantcoure.es

Open Hours:
13:00 – 16:00     Lunch  Tuesday – Saturday
20:00 – 24:30    Dinner  Tuesday – Saturday

With its discreet entrance and residential location, Coure is there for those that who are looking for it; it is not the grand tourist attraction that it should be! Chef Albert Ventura and pastry chef Joan Grimal have conceived a wonderful station for the modern creative delights of Catalan cuisine.

We had lunch in the lower level of the restaurant, which is smaller and more formal.  Later we learned that the ground level has a small bar and its own spirited menu.  Next to our table was a book shelf, filled with amazing cook books; there to entertain and prompt the palate, while the kitchen prepared your marvelous meal.

Our lunch began with clams and Escopinyes (cockles), which are always fun. Next up was a tasty Cantabrian Anchovy salad – each sided with an incredibly delicious warm bread.

Something new to us was the Mojama, who’s name is derived from the Arabic word musama, meaning dry.  Mojama is a sea salt cured tuna, and is considered a Mediterranean delicacy; with origins dating from the time of the Phoenician settlements on the Catalan coast.  The best approximation is the tuna version of a thinly sliced, dry jamon serrano.

Also new to us were the Santiaguiños  –  (scyllarus arctus); a Klingon-esque creature in both looks and flavour – we just had to try it!  However, like everything at Coure, it is refined and delicious.

The Amanida de verat (Mackerel salad), was not only exquisite, but beautifully plated as well.  We followed the salad with the Sea Bas a la sous vide – perfect and delicate in every way.

We finished with a moist excellent Torrija (think French Toast, but instead of egg, custard). This quickly became our go-to Spanish dessert; and a barometer of our love for the restaurant.  The Torrija at Coure was the second favorite in our Barcelona food adventure!

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La Garroxta – Girona, Spain

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La Garroxta

Girona, Spain

www.ca.turismegarrotxa.com

La Garroxta is an absurdly lush and lovley county in the province of Girona – just north of Barcelona-  by northern Cataluña.   While it is very small, there are many places to explore and all within close distance to each other!

We explored some of the volcanic region around the town of Olot, where we stayed at “Les Cols Pavilions”

There are about 40 volcanoes in the region, with Croscat and Santa Magarida being the more impressive ones.

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Castellfollit de la Roca: This beautiful thin town, dating from the 13th century, is situated on the edge of a fifty meter basalt cliff, almost a kilometer long. The cliff  is the  result of the erosive action of the rivers Fluvià and Toronell.

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Besalú:  another lovely town with a 12th-century Romanesque bridge that goes over the Fluvià river. The town is also famous for the restored “Miqvé” Jewish Purification Baths.

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Fageda d’en Jordà, a cute birch forrest

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Parc de Pedra Tosca:  This rough rock park  was a monumental project.  Constructed  by  RCR Architects, it involves volcanic rock mounts constrained by rusted steel plates creating a pathway to Les Preses Volcano Park.

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Nucli antic de Santa Pau: yet another tiny Jewish settlement built  between 13th and 14th centuries, with an abandoned castle in the middle

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Barceló Raval Hotel – Barcelona, Spain

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Barceló Raval Hotel

(34) 93 – 320 1490
Rambla del Raval, 17-21
Raval   District
08001 Barcelona, Spain

www.barcelo.com

 

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When we first booked our hotels for our Barcelona trip, we decided to stay in a different area of town due to the proximity of the tourist circus , a previous bad experience at a Barcelo hotel in Turkey and the bad reputation of the Raval district.  However, we decided to stay there  for a couple of nights after our Garrotxa excursion (lovely!).

To our surprise Raval was the most enjoyable and energetic area for us in Barcelona,  it felt more happening, and having libraries, schools and the CCCB (Barcelona Center for Contemporary Culture) a couple of blocks from the hotel certainly helped. Located about three blocks away from the main Ramblas ultra touristic area, the Hotel itself is comfortable and the rooms compact and practical.  While the service was average, the overall package proved a good value in terms of location, design and ease.

A friend looking for a nice, yet not over the top expensive hotel, stayed for a week in April 2015 and found it about the same as we did.  A ‘Blog-Worthy’ home base in a wonderful part of the world!

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L’EGGS – Barcelona, Spain

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L’EGGS  –  by Paco Perez

(34) 93 – 238 4846
Passeig de Gràcia, 116,
08008 Barcelona, Spain

www.leggs.es

OPEN HOURS:
13:00 – 24:00     Monday – Saturday
13:00 – 16:00     Sundays

Another restaurant by renowned chef Paco Perez ( of the Michelin 3star Miramar) is the lovey L’egg; a relaxed scene at the top of Passeig de Gràcia –  just a few blocks from Casa Mila.

The menu as it’s name suggests, the offering is mostly of egg based dishes.  Though the restaurant is famous amongst locals for its cocktails.  As we did not try them, we can’t weigh in on that part 🙂

The food was quite good, with the Torrija the dish that had us coming back 2-3 times over the course of the week.  It was e(gg)cellent!

The tomato and piparras (traditional long green pepper from the Basque Country) salad, was quite good.

The Merluza (hake) tacos with miso mayonnaise  were particularly good although there were not tacos in the Mexican way, but battered and fried fish chunks.

The fried eggplant wedges  with honey,were interesting, but a bit too oily for our tastes.

Hands down L’eggs provided the best croquettes during our entire Barcelona culianry trip.  The were truly candy: fluffy inside with a tantalizingly crispy shell.

The Torrija de Santa Teresa, with vanilla coffee ice cream was the best ever, so good it sets the standard for any chef attempting to recreate this classic.  In our opinion, worth a Michelin star on its own!

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