Barcelona recommendations in Spain Posted July 16, 2009 We got back from an outstanding trip to Spain a couple of weeks ago. Some thoughts on the places we went in Barcelona... Dos Palillos A fun meal with some definite highlights (razor clams, do-it-yourself toro handroll, ankimo) and one truly puzzling dish (stir-fried veggies). I would return just to see how the menu evolves. As someone upthread mentioned though, not terribly exciting if you're coming from a city with plenty of Asian food. Paco Meralgo Probably my favorite meal in Barcelona. I would eat here constantly if I lived nearby. We ate a pretty serious quantity of food and had a perfectly nice bottle of wine for 87 euros. Incredible oysters, razor clams, and anchovies. Also a pretty fantastic "french toast" for dessert. Rias de Galicia Incredible seafood but I really disliked the atmosphere. Very stuffy (and very empty). The mixed shellfish grill was a lot of fun to eat, kind of like dragging a net through the ocean and eating what you happened to pick up. Cal Pep We did Cal Pep for lunch one day and had a great time. The plate of fried mixed seafood we opened the meal with was great. Also did a whole monkfish that rounded out the meal nicely. Our barman, Paco, could not have been more helpful Hisop Mixed. Excellent appetizers. I had the foie gras "after eight" (chocolate and mint). The combination of the foie and the chocolate worked, but the mint came in foam form and was totally overwhelmed by the rest of the dish. My main course was some type of fish in a summer truffle soup. The soup was good, but the fish was slimy. The wife's main course of raw scallop with caviar and pig jowl was outstanding though. Comerc 24 Probably our worst meal of the trip. This may have been because it was the last night of a 10 day trip that included way too much food. Flavors were flat and the dishes just came off like the restaurant was trying too hard. The best dish we had was tuna tartar, which really sort of sums up the experience. Although most of our trip was spent in Barcelona, we were in Madrid for about 48 hours. There we had some mediocre paella at La Barraca, and a great night of tapas on Cava Baja. The real reason for our trip was dinner at El Bulli, which absolutely lived up to the hype (IMO). The night before El Bulli we were able to go to Rafa's, which was a lot of fun (honestly, I enjoyed it more than Rias). If people are interested, I could post my El Bulli pics here but they are also over on eG if you want to take a look.