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Barcelona's Best Fondue....With A Catch
Barcelona is a city famous for (arguably) two things: food and architecture. Can Recasens gives you both, but not in the way that you expect and not in the way we experienced when we went this past September. The restaurant is located in a neo-Modernism building, a type of architecture which is pretty rare in Barcelona compared to it's more popular Modernism cousin. Second, the restaurant serves two types of fondue - one from France and one from Switzerland. This also is a rarity in Barcelona. We enjoyed both of these aspects when we had dinner there. We have to say that, at 20€, their two-person fondue is the cheapest in the city and, when paired with the fantastic atmosphere of the restaurant's main dining room it's an unbeatable experience. The restaurant also serves a variety of Catalan meats and cheeses, most of which are served on a traditional wooden "taula" (tablet). It looks like a small butcher's block. It's pretty cool. The restaurant also has a wine list which features affordable local wines. As we said, the main dining room is one of the most charming such rooms in the city. Brick walls, antique accoutraments, seasonal accents and soft, white Christmas lights make the room magical. Here's the catch - you have to be one of the first five or six parties in line at 9 p.m. or you won't get a seat in the main dining room. The other rooms in the restaurant are nice, but not quite as cool as the main one.
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