With its beautiful architecture, wealth of historic and cultural attractions and of course the amazing foodie scene, Barcelona is hard to beat for a weekend city break. As a dedicated foodie (a condition of joining for any Jellybean) I have to say the food (& drink) in Barcelona was definitely the highlight of the trip. Having flown in late on the Friday we wasted no time at all and went straight from the hotel to Cinc Sentits to enjoy their ‘sensacions’ tasting menu. And what a sensation it was, from frozen watermelon to beef tenderloin, celery ice to their house olive oil and fresh breads, it delivered an amazing gastronomic experience! This high end restaurant in the heart of the city offers the very best in modern tapas, inspired by traditional Catalan cuisine in an exclusive setting with the most amazing service. Never before had I seen silver service applied to a napkin, as the waiting staff folded them with fork and spoon when they were left on the table by diners – now that’s impressive.
As Saturday arrived our thoughts turned to lunch and based on a friend’s recommendation we hot-footed it (it was indeed very hot) to Cornelia & Co a self-proclaimed ‘daily picnic store’. A contemporary take on tapas and informal dining, the restaurant was beautifully laid out in the current trend for ‘Jamie Oliver’s Italian style’ and offered a lovely menu (in all senses) which was so nicely designed you could buy for a euro! Yet another lovely meal, deconstructed bruschetta, Potatas Bravas, croquettes and alike. The only slightly curveball, which I think may have been the result of a slight language barrier (our Spanish extending to ‘Ola’ and ‘Gracias’), was the diced strawberries and anchovies combo – interesting, but suffice to say not one I’d go for again.
Then, after a lot of walking and a spot of shopping on Las Ramblas, soon it was time for dinner and the highly recommended Ciudad Condal won out as our choice for the evening. This busy traditional tapas restaurant is renowned for serving some of the best tapas in the city and did not disappoint. With such a strong reputation the only downside we had read about was the wait for a table, as you can’t book in advance, so we headed out early to avoid the queues – and we were glad we did. With only a 20 minute wait spent in the bar enjoying our new favourite tipple of Damm Lemon (lemon flavoured larger) we were seated. We had a wide selection of tapas with the croquettes stealing the show (yum!) and washed it all down with a little Sangria (well, when in Rome and all that).
Then all too soon it was Sunday and after a bit of culture at the Museu Picasso we stopped off for a bite to eat at a little Organic Bakery in the tangle of lanes near the museum, which served as a late breakfast. Then having walked around the city some more and worked up an appetite we headed back to Ciudad Condal to sample our favourites from the previous evening’s choices, to set us up for the journey home, not forgetting a cheeky Damm Lemon! It was with some reluctance that we left the city and headed to the airport late on Sunday afternoon, having had a fabulous weekend with some amazing food. It’s safe to say we will be heading back to Barcelona and in the meantime there is always Galicia which is that little bit closer to home if the tapas calls!
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