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. The decor is understated, relying heavily on a white palette accented by cherry wood, and mellow music plays in the background. Helmed by Guillem Pla and Oriol Ivem, menu selections include steamed monkfish and saffron soup, foie gras “After Eight” with peppermint foam, and hake with sea snails. Sommelier wine pairings prominently feature wines from local Rioja and Penedés regions.