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Top 5 Restaurants in Barcelona

El Quim

From molecular gastronomy to market dining, Jack Southan rounds up his top five places to eat in Barcelona

 

El Quim

Venture into the bustling Mercado de La Boqueria and you’ll find yourself adrift in a sea of color and noise. Vibrant juice stands, no-nonsense butchers, coffee shops and traditional fare, you’ll be spoilt for choice, but the real gem here is the famed El Quim food stand. Holding its own in the ever-changing battle for best traditional Catalonian cuisine, El Quim serves a decadent array of items. From the fried mushrooms with crisp foie gras and the baby squid served with rich runny eggs, to the tuna tartare with fresh chives and the heart-stopping foie gras burger — the quality and choice of the dishes are world class. Talk to the brilliant Quim behind the bar to get a feeling of what to order. elquimdelaboqueria.com

bubo

Bubo

Bubo

For such an unassuming little place, Bubo has a worldwide reputation for incredible quality. The Xabina chocolate cake for example, won the Press Award in 2005 for ‘the world’s best chocolate cake’. It’s quite wonderful, especially when accompanied by the house-mixed, Cointreau-infused Sangria with cubed fruits. The richness of the exquisite little cake sits perfectly with the freshness of the Sangria. Now, that’s not something you come across everyday in a narrow back street of Barcelona. bubo.es

Cal Pep

Cal Pep

Cal Pep

Tucked onto the corner of Plaça de les Olles in the Gothic quarter, Cal Pep is packed from 1pm every day. People start to queue from 12 and the premises are cozy, so turn up early if you want a chance to experience what could be the best tapas in Barcelona. Grab a bottle of white wine and order to your liking — the clams are amazing, the runny tortilla is sublime and the duck tartare with foie gras sausage in sweet port, served with rich white beans, is unforgettable. It’s chaotic, lively and wildly popular. calpep.com

Bar Mut

Bar Mut

Bar Mut

The elegantly designed Bar Mut has an aura of secrecy about it. Unassuming and humble from the outside, you could easily pass by it without a heads up. The walls are stacked high with dark wine bottles and the bar is laden with stacks of fresh ingredients, prepared to order. Perch on a stool at the bar or get a corner table nestled by the bookshelves. The egg carpaccio is the house specialty — glowing egg yolks served over shoestring fries, pine nuts and a scattering of shrimp. Ask the manager, who has an excellent knowledge of wines, for the best drinks to accompany your dish. barmut.com

Disfrutar

Disfrutar

Disfrutar

Only just approaching its first birthday, it’s already on track to become the best new restaurant in the world. Eduard Xatruch, Oriol Castro and Mateu Casañas, head chefs at Ferran Adria’s former-best-restaurant-in-the-world, el Bulli, describe their new restaurant as a ‘culinary experience’ rather than by-the-book dining. This is molecular gastronomy at its very highest level. Offering 19 or 25 course taster menus, Disfrutar will change the way you experience food. Dishes deliberately fool the brain with ingenious, painstaking design and extraordinary, surprising taste fusions. en.disfrutarbarcelona.com

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