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Barcelona can easily compete for the title of world capital of gastronomy, thanks to certain chefs who have raised the bar with their world-class dishes. Do yourself a favour and sample some of these sublime creations from chefs whose job it is to wow you.

Dos Palillos

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Chef Albert Raurich and his team at Dos Palillos ("Two Chopsticks") creatively demonstrate the close links between Asian and Spanish tapas, and at such a high level of quality and innovation that it earned them their first Michelin star. Sitting

  1. Elisabets, 9, El Raval
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Gresca

  • Rated as: 4/5
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A tiny space with a small kitchen staff produces first-class dishes. A must. Rafa Penya is now an indisputable leader in bistronomics. The dishes are creative, but  always tasty and recognisable, such as the octopus with Catalan black sausage, the

  1. Provença, 230, Eixample Esquerre, 08036
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Nectari

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The young chef Jordi Esteve’s style is based on quality and creativity, and underpinned with tradition. How about some scallops with truffle and fish foam? And save room for dessert, as Esteve's coconut-infused creations, which he came up with

  1. València, 28, Eixample Esquerre, 08015
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Àbac

  • Price band: 4/4
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Jordi Cruz has regained Àbac’s second Michelin star, making his restaurant once again the essential haute cuisine establishment in Barcelona. He reached such heights by creating cuisine filled with expertise and sophistication. Take, for example,

  1. Av. Tibidabo, 1, Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, 08022
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Blau BCN

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Marc Roca has brought his array of tapas and auteur dishes to the Eixample. If you’ve been to his restaurant in Begur, then you get the idea of the snacks and meals. If not, then try the courgette salad, which is just a morsel, but will make your

  1. Londres, 89, Eixample Esquerre
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Saüc

  • Price band: 4/4
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Put this one on the list of places you simply must try. Just like the tree it's named after, this restaurant has healing properties, albeit pricey ones. In the eatery’s new location at the Ohla Hotel, chef Xavier Franco still offers haute cuisine

  1. Via Laietana, 49, Gòtic, 08002
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Cinc Sentits

  • Price band: 3/4

A lovely space with an imaginative cuisine that stimulates all five senses (hence the name). You’ll be blown away by their range of superb, original dishes, such as their surf ’n’ turf platter with crispy pork cheeks, saffron alioli and

  1. Aribau, 58, Eixample Esquerre, 08011
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Hofmann

  • Price band: 4/4
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New haute cuisine with distinct Catalan influences and beautiful desserts, all presented impeccably. How does chef Mey Hofmann's calamari with Catalan blood sausage and praline sauce sound? Hofmann herself calls it "simple and not overthought", with

  1. Granada del Penedès, 14-16, Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, 08006
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Lluerna

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Chef Víctor Quintillà has more than earned his Michelin star, which shines brightly to guide the hungry to this culinary mecca in Santa Coloma. Lluerna offers refined creativity based on good ingredients and tradition, and very good value for

  1. Rafael Casanova, 31, 08921
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Tickets

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Tickets is the new project set up by Ferran and Albert Adrià to extend the creative concepts behind El Bulli to a wider audience, and they too have opted for the format of offering tapas. This is a real opportunity to taste the creations of two of

  1. 164, Av. Paral·lel, 08015
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