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Majestic, classic, and elegant, this restaurant is a feast for the eyes, with its fine décor that spills over from its next-door neighbour, Palau de la Música. But it's not all superficial at Brasserie Flo, where they use quality ingredients and a series of impeccable Mediterranean recipes, with the odd French flare. Their meats and seafood are the main attractions on the menu, that also features top-quality starters. With exquisite service and 30 years of experience behind them, you may pay a little more, but it won't completely empty your wallet.
- Jonqueres, 10, 08003
- Price band: 3/4
Located on the Bac de Roda jetty, Boo has bragging rights to seafront dining, and has become one of the top restaurants on the Barcelona coastline. The party is at Nova Mar Bella, where you can enjoy the unbelievable terrace-lounge and a sophisticated seafood and fresh market menu that'll make your taste buds dance. They have an extensive selection of wines and cocktails that go perfectly with seaside dining, especially in the longer days of summer. It must be true what they say about location.
- Platja de la Nova Mar Bella, s/n (Espigón Bac de Roda, I), 08005
- Price band: 3/4
Need a cosy spot for a romantic date? Antigua could just fit the bill – its sensuous surroundings provide just the backdrop for a seductive evening. Ochre colours and exposed brick complement the imaginative fresh market menu featuring superb quality ingredients. Perfectly executed recipes allow the meat, fish and vegetables to hit their peak flavours. Try to take your time to enjoy it all even though you'll just want to lick your plate clean to get home and slip into something more comfortable.
- Marià Cubí, 59, 08006
- Price band: 2/4
The kitchen at Madrid-Barcelona prepares some of the most succulent Catalan dishes in Eixample. The silky illumination, the soothing colours, and the spacious interior guide you into a state of general relaxation, ideal for getting stuck in to the rice, cod or lamb. The fish is quite good, and they also hit the mark when they pay tribute to food from the land – they make a 'capipota' (literally, 'head and foot' of pork) that is perfect, verging on the miraculous. It's a peasant dish that was originally made up of leftovers, but is now considered haute cuisine in Catalonia, where there's no shame in eating offal, and indeed revelling in this unique sensory pleasure. Head to Madrid-Barcelona to get an idea of what it would be like to eat meals prepared by your Spanish granny.
- Aragó, 282, Eixample Dret, 08007
- Price band: 2/4
If you've got a family dinner or want to go out with a dozen of your closest friends, you'll be happy to know that Chardonnay isn't one of those places that rolls its eyes at groups, and you don't have to travel out to the sticks to find a big table. Right in the heart of the Barri Gòtic, Chardonnay welcomes you with a display of tapas, seafood, rice dishes and meats that will have the servers tapping their pens while you try to make up your mind. It's all made with truly fresh produce, and you can tell. They take a lot of care with their fish of the day, make championship steaks, and serve up a lobster paella that you'll dream about for weeks to come. If you're short on time, you can always count on their set lunch menu; it's affordable and tasty, two great things that don't always go together when dining out in Barcelona.
- Ample, 46, 08002