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Spanish Restaurant

lancashire
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Spanish Restaurant

My daughter and her husband are in Barca this weekend, any restaurant suggestions, in central areas but not serving 'tourist' food, thanks.

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1. Re: Spanish Restaurant

I thought Barca was closed for the season. You must mean Barcelona :)

Catalan food would be more appropriate - it's quite different to Spanish. There's no shortage of choice. There is a rather good Top Question aside by DE Gigis_mum (and others) entitled "Traditional Catalan restaurants ..." and there are also tapas and paella questions there as well to get traditional Spanish food covered too. I suspect that a lot of locals would see Catalan/Spanish cuisine as very definitely 'tourist' food, though because they eat that at home and go out for something different.

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Or maybe they will be in Barca, the village inland Spain? Looks pretty nice, I may visit it some day:

http://www.todopueblos.com/barca-soria/fotos/

;-)

As said above (hola Chris!) they should better look for Catalan food if they want something local. "Spanish food" as such does not exist. Diversity is one of the treasures of this country, and, like we have different languages, music, custom, landscapes and climates, we have different cuisines too. If a place offer a "mix" of Spanish specialties, it has fat chances of being a tourist trap.

In any case, as Chris say you have more chances to meet locals in "exotic" restaurants than in "local themed" ones. But we do eat at local places too, especially for "menu del dia" (the best deals) and for specialty food as seafood places (things we rarely would prepare at home). Or, we go to regional-specialised places. For instance, some of my fav places for an informal dinner are "Spanish" in the sense they are specialised on foods from certain areas of Spain, i.e. Maitea (Basque), Bar Celta (Galician), La Esquinica (Aragonese)...

Another kind of places we locals use to love are the ones serving traditional food with a twist. We generally like to be surprised when going out! In that sense, La Taverna del Clinic may be a good example: tapas using traditional ingredients and some variations. Not cheap, but good value. Or, similarly, Quimet & Quimet (now very busy as it apparently is on all tourist guides and forums) but still popular with locals.

For a good introduction to Catalan products and dishes, I've taken visiting friends to Origens and they usually liked it. Their magazine-menu with explanation of every dish and ingredients is very handy.

Have a look at the Top Questions suggested. Loads of good info there.

Bon profit!

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Please, please stop trying to 'look cool' by using the word Barca... it's wrong.

First of all it's not Barca, it's Barça... different letter (ç) instead of (c) = completely different pronunciation: "bar-kah" vs "bar-sah". Although you're forgiven cause you aren't likely to have this character in your keyboard ;) Secondly, a 'barca' is a small boat, in Catalan, nothing to do with the word Barcelona. And thirdly, as @pandachris2 said above, Barça is the abbreviation for the footbal team FC Barcelona, is not (repeat, is not!) the abbreviation for the name of the city. Keep saying that and you don't look cool, you look fool as nobody local would say that. Live and learn!

Anyhow, enjoy your stay :))))

Edited: 01 August 2013, 15:43
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lol@Enric. Next time you're in Preston, make sure you don't tell people you're having a holiday in "North End", or attending for the Lilywhite's Guild.

Barcelona is abbreviated to "Barna" on roads, though I have never heard anyone actually say Barna and to my ears at least it has a bit of an ugly sound.

belsaita provides a nice description of "Spanish" cuisine. IMO - and I'm not really a foodie - Spain and its regions provide one of the great cuisines of the world - and diversity and freshness of ingredients coupled with a firm tendency to use local ingredients plus a lot of imagination is what makes it so. Barcelona is probably not the best place to experience Catalan cuisine and most of my more memorable meals have been up in the Pyrenees or down on the delta, but there's plenty that is good.

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5. Re: Spanish Restaurant

To avoid tourist food, don't eat at restaurants on Las Ramblas. There are a few exceptions but for the most part, food is better (and less expensive) away from Las Ramblas.

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