After spending a lovely long weekend in the beautiful city of Barcelona, I ate and drank far too much. Here’s the places I checked out.
Bosco, Carrer dels Capellans, 9, 08002
Staying in the Gothic Quarter and just around the corner from the hotel was Bosco bar and restaurant. We sat outside in the courtyard, soaking up the atmosphere with a drink. While the food was really good, the service wasn’t. It took a while to get to see the menu, as Castilian or English didn’t seem to go down well with the staff. I ordered the sirloin burger and chips and to be honest, by this stage I was so hungry, I’d have eaten anything. It was incredible, mind – really fresh and not at all greasy. The chips were served in mini fat-fryer pans and I could have done with more. It’s a shame I felt so uncomfortable throughout the meal as the bar was always busy in the evenings and I’d have loved to relax with a cocktail.
After finding this place of Trip Advisor with its number of good reviews, we decided to check it out – it was only a 10 minute walk from the hotel through town. The brasserie served up Mediterranean cuisine; the interior was modern and airy, while the service throughout was brilliant. After beginning with a ration of chicken croquetas, I chose the monkfish and langoustine brochette: fresh, light and flavoursome. Served with grilled Mediterranean vegetables, it was a lovely meal. I was slightly disappointed with the dessert – it was only right to have a crèma catalana while in its birthplace – I’d had better in other regions of Spain. A three course meal and jug of sangria at around £50 isn’t too bad in the city, though.
This little gem was opposite the hotel and every time I walked past, looked busy – both inside and out. As a lover of Thai food and having enjoyed an Indonesian meal last summer, I thought this place would be worth a try – and it was, by far, the meal of the break! I’m still getting over the fact a meal for two came in at under £20. I even dressed for the occasion, wearing my Oriental-inspired winners dress from Little Mistress (more about that here). The decor inside was befitting – Asian lanterns hanging from the ceiling, boothed seating and small tables, reflective of an oriental cafe. To drink I had a mojito – one of the best I’ve ever had – unfortunately I only had the one. To start we shared pork spring rolls, before following with pho (a noodle broth). I’m still astounded by the portion size and unsurprisingly, struggled to eat it all. The waiter even brought a plate of lime, coriander, mint, chilli and beansprouts over, allowing us to adapt our meals to our personal tastes. I don’t think I could explain how good the food was and it just goes to show, it doesn’t have to be complicated or pretentious.