There is fine food everywhere in Barcelona, and Rick and Joey spent time in Barcelona narrowing it down to those "not-to-be-missed" restaurants. They sampled some of the city's dining hot spots and here are four more that topped our list. Check out their websites, and you'll want to include them in your dining plans while you're in Barcelona for Microsoft TechEd Europe 2014!
Torre d'Alta Mar
Enjoy spectacular 360° views of Port Vell and the city, from the top of the old port's cable tower, designed and built by Carles Buigas in 1929 for the Barcelona Universal Exhibition. The Torre d'Alta Mar restaurant offers an international menu with a focus on fresh and modern Mediterranean cuisine.
Restaurante Dos Cielos
If you're looking to take your expense account for a spin, check out Dos Cielos in the Hotel Melia Barcelona Sky, located on the outskirts of section 228 in the high tech area. Created by twin brothers Sergio and Javier Torres, this 1 Michelín Star Restaurant offers a nine-course dinner for 100€ that requires at least two hours to enjoy. With only seven tables, reservations are required, and you'll want to book in advance. The Foie Gras Ravioli is a favorite.
Els Quatre Gats (4 Gats)
Walk in the footsteps of Hemmingway and Picasso, at 4 Gats (cats). This 115 year-old bar and restaurant is located in the gothic area, in a building designed by architect Puig i Cadafalch. A favorite hangout for the creative luminaries of the day, it was popular with architects like Gaudí, musicians like Isaac Albéniz, and artists including Picasso, Casas, Opisso, and Rusiñol. Their works and photos provide endless entertainment while you enjoy a beer or coffee and soak up the historic atmosphere.
Located in Barcelona's "Soho" neighborhood, Llamber is a gastronomic tavern offering a hip ambiance and fresh, seasonal products. Llamber is known for beautiful presentation, and for being organic and eco-friendly. Their award winning chef has created an amazing menu that includes the freshest seafood, local vegetables, artisan breads and cheeses. Visit their website, to view their full menu. A "Mar y montaña" (of land and sea) restaurant, the menu includes such traditional dishes as:
Cabrales (Spanish: queso de Cabrales), a cheese made in the artisan tradition in the north of Spain. This cheese is made from pure, unpasteurized goat milk by one man in a cave.
Fabada asturiana, a rich Spanish bean stew, originally from and most commonly found in Asturias, but widely available throughout the whole of Spain and in Spanish restaurants worldwide.
Blood Pudding, with rice, cumin, pepper, cut in half and grilled with squid and squid ink.
Dining at Llamber is family-style. A party of four would typically order eight different dishes and share. They also offer a nice artisan cheese platter, which would pair well with a selection from their extensive wine list—featuring 120 bottles and 30 wines by the glass. Prices range from €2.50 to €390. See the Sommelier/Manager, Donald, for recommendations. We can honestly say that everything at Llamber is "buenissimo"!
Opened in 1933, Boadas was another popular hangout for playwrights, poets, artists, and celebrities, and it retains its historic flair. Dubbed the oldest cocktail bar in Barcelona, it's the perfect place for drinks before dinner.
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