June 8, 2009

Cometacinc Barcelona

by Anja

UPDATE 2016: UNFORTUNATELY THIS CUTE RESTAURANT HAS BEEN CLOSED FOR GOOD.

Now that our trip to Barcelona is approaching, I remember last October, when, on the spur of the moment, I decided to join a friend on his trip to Barcelona. Early in the morning, we left Bern and drove to Barcelona. It’s a very nice drive, crossing the French Alps, driving through Provence and along the Mediterranean Coast. We left Bern in cold and chilly fall weather and arrived just 8 hours later in sunny and warm Barcelona. What a change! Having indulged on homemade German Apple Cake throughout the drive we were ready for some savory food as soon as we checked in at our hotel. A friend from Berlin had told me about Cometacinc, an insider’s tip. And it truly was. Even with the right address in hand, this small restaurant is hard to find, hidden in an unimposing alley. Walking in there around 7:30 pm, we were the first guests, not having adjusted to the Mediterranean lifestyle and eating times. Good for us, as this allowed us to pick the best table, which we found to be at the gallery.



Starving for good food, we quickly ordered some tapas: Spanish red sausage, gambas, manchego cheese, sea scallops ravioli, cannelloni filled with spinach and gruyere, real bravas potatoes. With the exception of the cannelloni, which lacked flavor and were truly disappointing, all the tapas were good choices – authentic with no surprise. Only the sea scallops ravioli stood out and were a class of its own! Having totally underestimated the amount of tapas we had ordered, our stomachs didn’t have any space left for the main courses. What a pity! A lot of the choices sounded truly appealing and mouthwatering. Duck breast with wild rice and ratatouille would have been my choice. Instead we went straight to desserts. The Crema Catalana was excellent and the fruit tartelette with rosemary ice cream finally surprised our tastebuds. What a great dessert! Completely satisfied and a bottle of Rioja later we sank happily into our comfortable hotel beds.

Such good memories! And definitely a must for our upcoming trip!

2 comments:

  1. I really love Barcelona. Reading your post brings back a lot of memories - those delicious catalan meals in particular. Hope you and the girls have a wonderful time there!

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  2. Tried it and loved it!! Thanks for sharing!

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