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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Taste Cutting-Edge Cuisine in Barcelona


2. Where to Eat

Observe all-day culinary magic at Tapaç 24.  

Stop in for a snack at El Bulli veteran Carles Abellán’s Tapaç 24, a boisterous tapas joint festooned with olive jars, stacked egg crates, and hanging fruit baskets that’s open from 9 a.m. to midnight. Sit by the bar to watch cooks dish out bold bites like grilled ham-and-cheese reimagined with jamón ibérico, buffalo mozzarella, and grated black truffles ($11).

Go for the bargain prix fixe lunch menu ($22) at Santa, a two-year-old eatery from Paco Guzmán, who was a guest chef at New York’s Mercat in 2009. Ingredients here are sourced daily from local markets for seasonal specialties like crispy lechón (piglet) ribs with sweet and sour berries and artichokes topped with quail eggs and herring roe.

Reserve a table a month in advance at the Mandarin Oriental’s signature restaurant, Moments, opened last November by Carme Ruscalleda, the only female toque on the planet with a combined five Michelin stars. The nine-course Tasting Menu ($175) features playful riffs on Catalonian classics with an emphasis on seafood and seasonal produce pairings, like sea bass with strawberry chutney or crayfish with olives and banana.

Published on Oct 14, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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