Restaurante Cheriff – Barcelona, Spain

After a long 3 hour walk around the historical Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, Julia, Mike, my Mum and I decided we wanted a good Paella, so after researching the best Paella spots in Barcelona (not touristy, not a chain, not too La-Di-Da) we found a gorgeously rustic, local spot for our lunch – Restaurante Cheriff.

We ordered some pan con tomat and some Iberica ham to nibble on while we waited for our main, which we washed down with a cold Spanish white wine. The bread was gorgeously crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside, which was perfect and the ham had so much earthy flavour to it.

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We decided on the squid ink paella, which was so creamy and came with mussels, and the mixed seafood paella which was a little more zesty and literally came with every seafood you could ask for.

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The food, the restaurant itself and the service were all excellent! I will definitely go back again and I definitely recommend if you are looking for a good paella spot.

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https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g187497-d997670-Reviews-Restaurante_Cheriff-Barcelona_Catalonia.html

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Ciudad Condal – Barcelona, Spain

Ciudad Condal is an institution in Barcelona. It has been around for years and people line up for anything up to an hour to get a table there, but it is worth the wait!

The atmosphere is buzzing to say the least – with all the waiters in a good mood, singing loudly behind the bar and serving the tables with big laughs and cheeky jokes with the customers.

My Mum and I came together and we only waited 15 minutes before we got a table.

Our waiter was charming and we just told him roughly what we wanted and he recommended the dishes that we should get, which was perfect! He ordered very well!

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Thick Smoked Salmon Slices on Bread
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Grilled Calamari
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Prawn Pil Pil
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Fried Sardines
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Crema Catalana

I would definitely recommend going Ciudad Condal and I will definitely be coming back to try some more dishes.

 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ciudad-Condal/168195233218836

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g187497-d1059712-Reviews-Ciudad_Condal-Barcelona_Catalonia.html

Vinitus – Barcelona, Spain

Yes, I have written about Vinitus before! Yes, it is the same one! But it is so good, that is deserves another write up! I recently went to Barcelona with my Mum and she had never been to Barcelona before so obviously I had to take her to one of my favourite tapas restaurants there.

We sat at the bar – which is my favourite seat because you get to watch the chefs cooking away and you can point at which dish you want behind the counter. We ordered some Sangria and look around the counter to see what we felt like eating.

They have a seafood counter with fresh seafood that they bring in everyday and so we ordered lots of it! We had baby calamari, clams and prawns which were all gorgeous. We also ordered padron peppers which are my absolute favourite and some seafood salad.

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It is genuinely one of my favourite tapas spots and it is so well priced! Definitely worth a visit!

 

https://m.facebook.com/pages/Vinitus/562839933859697

Ristorante Bilacus – Bellagio, Como, Italy

To end our day of exploring Bellagio – we ended up at Ristorante Bilacus for dinner. Definitely make a reservation for the terrace if you are going here. We didn’t make a reservation but we were very lucky and someone didn’t turn up for their table (which had the most stunning view!) so we were able to sit outside on the terrace.

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view from our table – look at that mountain!
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Had to take this cheesy shot with that view in the background!
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I was not exaggerating about their love of bread sticks in the Italian Lakes

We started with a trio of seafood platter which had a fish pate, octopus salad and prawn cocktail and a meat platter which had a mixture of ham, salami and thinly sliced roast pork. Both were delicious!

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Seafood trio and meat platter to start
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The meat platter

For our mains we shared a Grilled King Prawns, a Prawn Linguine (needed a pasta dish as well but wanted seafood) and a side salad. It was all perfection and I am currently drooling as I write this and think back about the flavours.

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Grilled King Prawns
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Prawn Linguine
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Our feast for mains
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Tasmorcan Barbera D’Asti 2015 was gorgeous – recommended by the waiter

The service were great! There were the perfect amount of attentive but still left us to enjoy ourselves without pushing us to order or pay the bill quickly.

We shared the Panna Cotta for dessert – which was refreshing and light after all that food.

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Panna Cotta dessert
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The Terrace

It was honestly one of the most enjoyable dinners – everything from the service, the atmosphere, the food. I definitely recommend making a booking if you are in Lake Como.

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The Terrace

http://www.bilacusbellagio.it/index.html

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g187834-d1228496-Reviews-Ristorante_Bilacus-Bellagio_Lake_Como_Lombardy.html

L’illa – Alcossebra, Spain

Jack and I recently went to Alcossenbra to stay at his Aunt and Uncle’s house for a long weekend away. On our first night we went with his Auntie Karen for dinner at L’illa which is right on the port and has such a chilled out, laid back vibe.

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We ordered the house white which was perfect! Crisp, clean cut and light.

As we were deciding on food they brought out hot, fresh, lightly toast bread, fresh tomatoes, fresh garlic, olive oil and salt and pepper and we made our own pan con tomat. You rub the garlic on the bread, rub the tomato on the bread, a sprinkle of olive oil and salt and pepper and it was absolutely gorgeously fresh! I absolutely love this idea of the make your own pan con tomat and definitely using this for a dinner party!

We ordered the mejillones a la marinera to share for a starter and for mains I got the cod, Jack the lamb and Karen the steak and we shared a mixed house salad as well.

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Mussels in marinera sauce
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Mixed house salad
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The cod with roasted vegetables
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The lamb chops with baked aubergine and chips

http://www.lillarestaurant.com/?lang=en

La Llotja at El National – Barcelona, Spain

El National is a stunning restaurant with a gorgeous interior. They call themselves Barcelona’s Gastronomic Experience with four different culinary areas (a meat restaurant, a seafood restaurant, a tapas restaurant and a brasserie) and four different bars (specialising in beer, wine, cava and cocktails).

On our recent weekend away, Renata and I went to El National and we chose La Llotja – the seafood restaurant.

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A large menu of all the different seafood dishes

There is an area of the restaurant that had all the fresh seafood on ice that you are able to pick and choose from. It is all fresh from the fisherman every morning and when it runs out it runs out so you need to get there at a decent hour to get the good stuff.

We learned this the hard way, as we tried to do dinner the Spanish way and ended up arriving at 10:30pm and eating at 11pm so a couple of the seafood bits that we did want to try had disappeared into other people’s bellies.

We ended up choosing the Pan Con Tomat, a dish with Mediterranean and Atlantic oysters, tuna tartare and scallop ceviche and some fresh prawns along with a gorgeously clean cut white wine to go with it all.

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The Mediterranean and Atlantic oysters, tuna tartare and scallop ceviche. Perfect for sharing!
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The tuna tartare (which I think was my favourite)
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The scallop ceviche.
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Baked fresh prawns with sea salt
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For dessert we had the creme caramel to share which was LARGE and we could not finish it. I think you could share this between 5 or 6 people.

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A gorgeous place, amazing service, up beat vibe and such good food. Must try even if you just come for a drink!

http://www.elnacionalbcn.com/en/

http://www.elnacionalbcn.com/en/restaurantes/la-llotja/

 

Vinitus – Barcelona, Spain

Renata and I went for a weekend in Barcelona and after a day of walking around shops and markets, our feet needed a bit of a rest of we went for a well priced and very very tasty tapas and wine stop.

I absolutely love tapas and this is a good place to get large variety of tapas choices (literally anything you could think of including fresh seafood!).

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We sat at the bar and in front of us was a gorgeous array of amazing dishes. We wanted them all!

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Jamon Iberico
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Padron Peppers
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Crab Stick Salad with Pan Con Tomat
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Burrata

Massive selection of great tapas, well priced and a very chilled atmosphere!

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g187497-d1228300-Reviews-Vinitus_Barcelona-Barcelona_Catalonia.html