Restaurants in Spain
This gem in the arsenal of every businessman and artist in town is nevertheless missed by many tourists. Inside the modern, uncluttered Scandinavian-style dining room, walls alternate between bold red, mustard yellow, and carved blond-wood panels.
Located on a side street off the Gran Via, this small, intimate restaurant serves creative Spanish cuisine from chef-owner Juanjo López.
Four-poster beds and views of Gaztetape Beach.
A luxe salon is decorated with Andalusian tile while the stand-up tapas bar carries a more casual nautical theme. Try the zesty gazpacho-like salmorejo with shrimp or a heartier entrée of venison in a blue cheese sauce. Book in advance or be prepared to stand in the bar.
The boho café near El Born is so green that even the beer is organic. The earthy spelt bread dunks superbly into the saucy meatballs enriched with a hand-pounded almond sauce, and the fluffy brandada de bacalao is painstakingly beaten with olive oil.
Chef Paco Ron's restaurant combines a lively tapas bar with a handsome basement dining room in various shades of gray.
For contemporary Catalan cuisine, consider the tasting menu at Michelin-starred Hisop. Located in the Eixample neighborhood, this is a special occasion spot for budget-minded gourmands.
Traditional dishes like serrano suckling pig and sautéed garbanzo beans are specialties at this restaurant in Córdoba.