Spain has become the gastronomy capital of Europe in recent years, due to innovative chefs and artisans like Ferran and Albert Adria, Jordi Roca and his brother Joan and Josep, and the late Santi Santamaria (who died while in Singapore, RIP). Steeped in traditional, but not tied down by them you have the best traditionalists…
When you visit Barcelona’s Boqueria market, come hungry. You will not want to leave without having a meal at Bar Pinotxo, a 14-seat—make that 14-stool—establishment that is nearing its 100th anniversary. Proprietor Juanito Bayen—known to all as Pinotxo (pee-no-cho)—greets even newcomers like family. Don’t bother asking for a menu. Just ask “What’s good today?”
Barcelona is the capital of Catalunya, and there’s a strong Catalan heritage that differentiates itself from Spanish. So does the cuisine, and where better than Ca L’Estevet to try true-blue Catalan cuisine.
Every tourist to Barcelona will visit the Sagrada Familia. And when you are done with the sights, you usually move away from that area because the food was pretty crap. Not anymore, you can always make a detour to La Paradeta.