Casa Calvet, Barcelona
Concierge.com's insider take:
When the world thinks of Barcelona, it sees Gaudí, the talented, spectacularly eccentric native-son architect who worked here during the 19th century. Most of his buildings are show-off—incredible exteriors and conventional interiors—but the Gaudí-designed building in the Eixample that houses Casa Calvet is the exception to the rule: There's stunning cabinetry and stained glass. Chef Miguel Alija's modern Mediterranean menu changes regularly, but you might find foie gras accompanied with Modena balsamic jelly, a medley of squid, prawns, and artichokes in squid in sauce and a Muscat-spiked lamb. Finish up with the superb mango tartin with Szechuan pepper ice cream. If you aren't familiar with the Catalan wines offered, ask—the waiters are charmers, and most speak English. Jackets aren't required, but the vibe is still pretty buttoned-up.
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