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  1. If you're in Barcelona and want to say hello to or get local pointers from a resident eGulleteer, feel free to drop me a message. Oh, and if you get an extra spare seat at EB... ;-)
  2. Robert Gelonch changes his tasting menu every six weeks and very rarely repeats dishes. He really is driven to stay creative. His is consistently one of my favourite restaurants.
  3. If anyone's in the vicinity of la Sagrada Familia and wants to eat somewhere decent that ISN'T Alkimia, then Caldeni could be what you're looking for. One of Barcelona's bistronomic restaurants, it offers a set lunch for €21. Its chef/owner Dani Lechuga is the author of "La Cocina de la Carne" so its no surprise that the restaurant specialises in meat. My full review can be found here http://foodbarcelona.wordpress.com/2010/12/03/caldeni/
  4. I was in Seville last week and went on a tapeo with the food blogger and Seville tapas expert Shawn Hennessey (http://azahar-sevilla.com/). That, plus my other eating experiences there can be found here http://foodbarcelona.wordpress.com/2010/11/28/seville/ It's a gorgeous city and second only to San Sebastian for tapas crawls. Highly recommended.
  5. I interviewed Robert Gelonch last week for an article that will appear in Living Spain magazine. He's a passionate, talented guy and I wholeheartedly recommend his restaurant.
  6. eGullet fans of Formatgeria La Seu in Barcelona, of which I know there are quite a few, might like to know that they have opened a small bar next door to the shop, specialising in small plates of their wonderful cheeses, speciality embutidos and local wines. It's a great stop on a tapas crawl in the evenings and a nice place to have lunch. I believe Jordi Artal of Cinc Sentits has recently taken some journalists there so expect to see it mentioned in the American food press soon.
  7. Congratulations! You couldn't really ask for a better endorsement than that...
  8. It sounds like you did indeed catch them on a bad day -- although there's no excuse for days that bad in an expensive restaurant. There was certainly plenty to criticise when I was there but plenty to praise too. That desert was particularly poor but the ones that came before it were fine. I enjoyed my meal there -- overall --but probably wouldn't go back especially based on what you've said. My own meal lacked consistency and it seems that it's a major problem for them.
  9. Sidney's in Tynemouth is superb. The lunchtime menu is ridiculously good value, with 3 courses, coffee and drinks coming in at less than £25 a head.
  10. Last week we were staying out of Barcelona on the Catalan Costa Brava and wanted to go somewhere nearby for a special occasion. The only real candidate within taxi distance was La Cuina de Can Simon in Tossa Del Mar, a Michelin one-star that I haven't seen mentioned on here before. The restaurant was easy to find at the foot of the castle. The single, small dining room is very attractive and the staff, despite their extreme youth, were attentive and helpful. My wife and I both had the menú gastronómico. This began with "a coctail and some tapas of the day" The first food on the table was a ver
  11. Probably 2 or 3 years ago. It was still good then.
  12. A very reluctant, disappointed post, this. I've been a fan of Can Ramonet in Barceloneta for years since VSerna recommended it, but I have to mention the sad slide in standards recently. A booking a few weeks ago (made by me) was accepted without problems; when the guests arrived the restaurant was close for holidays. Today I went first hand to find out what was going on. The problems were shocking: a 30 minute wait between sitting down and someone taking our order; a 1 hr wait between sitting down and one of our first courses arriving -- the other disappeared into the ether and I had to even
  13. I know I've asked this before but does anyone know of a restaurant or even better a carniceria serving or selling beef of a comparable quality in Barcelona?
  14. I'll add a post I wrote on an older thread about another Roses favourite, Cal Campaner: This weekend I found myself in Roses without the phone number for Rafa's and with no way to book a table. Unsurprisingly, then, at lunchtime we were disappointed to find the place completely booked out. The lady working with Rafa (called Rosa I think) recommended Cal Campaner, on c/ Mossem Carles Feliu, 23 (tel 972 25 69 54). She said that it was "just like us, the same quality". So we trekked up the hill to find a tiny restaurant, typical of any barrio in Spain: football team scarves and posters, ancient
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