Chez Guy

Chez Guy was recommended to us several years ago before our first trip to Burgundy. We decided not to visit – at the time our diet was even more strict, and we chose to have dinner in Beaune every night so that we wouldn’t need to drive back to the B&B after. Last year, Chez Guy was awarded the “Best of Award of Excellence” by Wine Spectator for their 46 page wine list – and since they are open for lunch I hope we can try it this summer!

The menu is small, but there are two pescatarian options for both appetizers and entrees, and of course cheese, dessert, and wine!

  • Tartare  of scallops  and cod fish with lime, mesclum
  • Perfect poached eggs à la meurette (in Burgundy wine) with buttered croutons
  • Sea bass filet “à la plancha”, roast fennel, black olive tapenade
  • Pollack fish grilled on one side, zucchinis and tomatoes, jus of shellfish

http://www.chez-guy.com

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Bar Cañate

Bar Cañete was recommended to me by a friend who grew up just outside of Barcelona. I frequently travel alone and consider myself a very savvy traveler – I rely heavily on my instincts and intuition to help keep me safe. Granted, Barcelona is one of the safest cities in Europe. However, as I approached Bar Cañete on a small side street off of the crowded and over-stimulating Ramblas, I had a strong feeling to turn around. A group of intimidating men was huddled around the door – but Alex said this was the place to go so I pushed my way through and found a seat at the bar. The inside of Bar Cañete was very bright and cozy. The long bar faced the open kitchen – always one of my favorite places to sit when I’m dining alone as I enjoy the action of the kitchen and watching the preparation of the food. There was also what appeared to be a small courtyard in the back which brought in a lot of light. Groups of friends were gathered around tall tables enjoying a long lunch break. It had the feel of being a place were everyone knows everyone and those who dine there are regulars.

Bar Cañete serves seafood fresh from the Catalan seafood markets and locally grown, seasonal produce and the food is great. The prices were so reasonable that I decided to order almost everything on the menu that was vegetarian. It was a lot of food, but I wanted to try it all, even if it was only a few bites of each. Many of the dishes I had had before, but this is where I fell in love with Spanish Omelets and Padrón Peppers. 7 or 8 dishes, a couple of glasses of wine, and a cafe con leche later my tab was less than 30 euro! This is a great place to stop for some fantastic and authentic neighborhood tapas.

Vegetarian Options:

  • Diced vegetable salad with mayo
  • Fried eggplant with honey
  • Padrón Peppers
  • Spanish omelet with potatoes and onions
  • Grilled artichokes with romesco sauce
  • Cold tomato and bread soup
  • Green bean, parmesan cheese and pine nut salad
  • Burrata cheese in olive oil with plum tomatoes
  • Garlic, black chanterelle and poached egg soup
  • Tomato rubbed bread with sea salt and olive oil
  • And of course…cheeses and desserts!

Pescatarian Options:

  • Anchovies in olive oil
  • Lobster croquettes
  • Tuna, curly endive and spring onion salad
  • Rock mussels with citrus
  • Wild tuna tartar with marscapone and trout roe
  • Garlic seasoned lobster and monkfish stew
  • Artichokes with sea cucumber
  • Large soft shell clams grilled or in salsa verde
  • Oysters
  • Red prawns baked in sea salt
  • Fish fry with moray eel, baby prawns, and calamari
  • Fried lobster with romesco sauce
  • Fried anchovies
  • Scallop and vegetable Tempura
  • Grilled tuna au jus with lime
  • Monkfish and wild mushrooms
  • Cuttlefish with beans and romesco oil
  • Baked hake stuffed with bread, tomatoes, and aioli
  • And of course…cheeses and desserts!

http://www.barcanete.com/en

*Photo taken at Bar Cañete