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“Lovely local food”
Review of El Xiringo

El Xiringo
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Ranked #1,117 of 9,594 Restaurants in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $44
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Barceloneta
Congleton, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Lovely local food”
Reviewed October 27, 2013 via mobile

Came here with my wife and daughter. Lovely home cooked food in an informal restaurant. Good food and wine very reasonably priced. Very fresh fish was fantastic.

Visited October 2013
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Camorino
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75 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Sit down, shut up, enjoy”
Reviewed September 17, 2013 via mobile

That's the only three thing I advise you.
Don't ask for something special as Xavi knows best what he has to offer.
Excellent value for money. You'd pay for a wine tasting more than for a dinner here with 7 (!) courses accompanied by 7 (!) different wines; all for not even 35€/pax.
Go for it !

Visited September 2013
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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91 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Incredible food in a hidden place”
Reviewed August 7, 2013

You would never think the place could deliver such quality. Just trust Xavi (the cook and owner) on what is good for the day and which wine should go with it and he will do the magic. The food is great and the choice of champagne really good too. If you are only for fancy places this is not your restaurant, is a really basic set up, small and shabby, but if you like eating and wine, you will be very positively surprised.

  • Visited August 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Hidden gem in Barceloneta (service could be better)”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Stumbled upon this place on our return from the beach in Barceloneta. While the service started off awkward and slow (they seated us in the far corner, claiming that a perfectly good table was reserved for a party that never came), it got steadily better as the night wore on and the food got better too! The fried artichoke hearts were a good start, followed by a hearty, flavourful seafood paella. The crowning touch was the dessert; a chocolate cake infused with peppercorns and Catalonian spices that was a perfect end to the evening. By the end, even the service was friendly and courteous! Oh, did I mention the value? This was one of the best meals for the money we had in Barcelona. My advice: reserve in advance and you will probably be treated to one of the best nights in Barcelona.

  • Visited July 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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61 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Delicious Food from a Fun and Creative Chef”
Reviewed March 4, 2013

I ate here by myself on a cold, wet, windy night in Barceloneta and greatly enjoyed the warmth of the husband and wife owners with a delicious meal that went on and on... The restaurant is small with only 4 or 5 tables and sparse surroundings. But I was here for the food and personal atmosphere, not for the decor.

The menu had a number of good choices so I asked the chef to bring me a series of small plates based on whatever he felt like cooking. His choices were perfect and they were cooked to perfection. His creativity was fantastic -- imagine a plate with grilled octopus with fresh strawberries on the side, all drizzled with a slightly sweet balsamic concoction. Wow! The seared grilled tuna was also excellent as were the other dishes. After taking a break to chat with the chef I decided I could eat a little more so I ordered the fried baby artichokes. I asked the chef what kind of wine I should drink with this and he shook his finger and said "no wine, have beer with this." The artichokes came out sliced thin, fried crispy with big flakes of sea salt, perfect for a beer. He recommended a special Catalan microbrew - this one was called Sitges made by Guineu. This was a truly excellent beer and pairing with the artichokes, so good that I ordered a second beer... to drink with slices of a quality aged manchego.

Then it was on to dessert, a coffee creme brulee with cava. Then I was treated to a very special Catalan sweet wine that captures the flavor of fresh grapes. It was a perfect lovely evening, and it would have been made better only if I could have shared it with my wife and friends!

Relax and enjoy the great company of the chef and his wife; it's best if you speak Spanish or French but you can get by with English and enjoy a delicious meal.

  • Visited February 2013
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