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“Awesome food, great atmosphere, excellent location”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of El Bestiari - CLOSED

El Bestiari
Price range: $51 - $73
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: El Born / La Ribera
Scotland
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56 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Awesome food, great atmosphere, excellent location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2011

We stayed for 4 days in the wonderful old Born district of Barcelona. The culinary highlight of our visit though was to the Bestiari Restaurant. We were tempted as we love food and the menu looked so interesting and the restaurant was clearly loved by locals with tourists being in short supply in mid-November. My wife decided not to have a starter and I was hoping not to have to share mine as I chose ‘Salmon sashimi with endive, miso sauce, sweet onions and lime’ and she doesn’t like raw fish. However, it really was one of the most amazingly tasting things that I’ve eaten. Of course I then made the ‘mistake’ of enthusing about it, which led to half my starter being ‘confiscated’. I then had perfectly cooked grilled hake that came on top of a bed of luscious sautéed baby broad beans and black chanterelles together with a sophisticated lemongrass coulis that acted as a perfect complement. My wife had cod with a crunchy pistachio crust and green asparagus together with a deep green, velvety and fresh mint pea puree. I do not usually have sweets but I’ve never had a fruit soup and could not resist the chance of trying their citrus and fruit soup infused with basil and presented together with a mandarin sorbet, which was interesting and enjoyable. However, my wife hit the sweet spot this time being intrigued by a very intriguing sounding selection of ice creams, which we found ranged from amazing (Kulfi), Menorcan gin pomade (excellent), mango (excellent),, sesame (excellent) and weird (rose water). The service was first class, with two extremely nice people providing excellent attentive service, a really good atmosphere in a very well decorated / furnished space. We loved it and could recommend it wholeheartedly. The cooking is 1* Michelin standard, as one of the previous reviewer’s indicted, but without the rather fussy service that invariably accompanies Michelin starred restaurants.

  • Visited November 2011
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  • Dutch first
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  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Espoo, Finland
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108 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
“Trendy atmosphere, average service”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2011

Situated in the Born district with large windows and high ceilings which gives a trendy atmosphere to the place. We had a table reservation but upon arriving didn't get the attention of the waiters and had to stand around waiting for somebody to notice us. Took some time to get our orders placed but nevertheless service was friendly. The food was good but nothing very out of the ordinary. The food was slightly cold as a result of having to wait in the kitchen? The crowd was fairly young and trendy. This is a good place to have a relaxed dinner before hitting the bars around El Born. Service could be somewhat more forthcoming and attentive though.

  • Visited October 2011
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Thank Helsinkiglobus
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Barcelona, Spain
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Wonderful! Try the Fois Gras!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2011

Absolutely loved it! Try the Fois Gras as a starter, it's heaven! If you like an artsy atmosphere combined with good quality food, you will like it there! As much for a romantic night out as it is for a table with friends. We will be back again and again.

  • Visited September 2011
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Thank RogerGZurich
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Brussels, Belgium
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17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“One star Michelin !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2011

Great place where you can enjoy a good food in a nice ambiance.

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Thank Flintso
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Ghent, Belgium
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101 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Great discovery”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2011

At the edge of El Borne this restaurant is a winner, cool and arty design, very welcoming and good innovative food. Had a wonderfull squid carpaccio, delicious pumpkin soup and cod with pistache spread, surprising spanish wines on the list. Price is fair.
This kind of restaurants (non-tourist traps) are hard to find in Barcelona, so I hope this one will stay around for a long time.

  • Visited June 2011
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Thank jglaw
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