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Nobook Barcelona

One night we were looking to try out a new place for diner in Barcelona and it needed to be quite central. We heard about Nobook.

As the name suggests, you cannot make a reservation/booking, hence the name Nobook. You can really feel this place is different and has an identity of its own.

From the moment you enter, you see chairs hanging on the wall ready to be brought into effect for extra seating, orange-themed decor, open plan kitchen, but the best is the staff are dressed up in orange jumpsuits as if they were prisoners in a corrections facility.

A bit shocking, the colors and the outfits at first, you get used to it, especially the team is so welcoming and enjoying their own environment. The closest thing to a literal version of Orange is the New Black.

 

The cocktails here are very creative and well presented. Do try one or two throughout your meal.

Like the cocktails, the dishes are creative as well. They touch upon various cuisines from around the world and are great for sharing amongst each other.

Do check out what we ate.

 

Ceviche
Gua Bao with Peking Duck
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General Tso Chicken
Scallops

Over and above the main menu, there a few surprise dishes that are served from off the menu so be sure to try those as well.

After a lovely meal of a variety of flavors and there was no dessert or coffee or coffe on offer because their cocktails are supposed to take care of your post meal cravings. The night we went there was a band and it kept the energy flowing throughout the night.

You’ll be walking away from Nobook with good vibes.

TookTook Tips:

  • Make sure you know how much you are ordering as quantities vary per dish
  • Try some of their amazing cocktails
  • Find out what is on their unwritten menu
Menu: nobook.es
Phone: At Nobook you can’t book so…No Phone
Price: €€€

Hours:

Tuesday 7:30–11:30PM
Wednesday 7:30–11:30PM
Thursday 1–3:30PM, 7:30PM–12AM
Friday 1–3:30PM, 7:30PM–12AM
Saturday 1–3:30PM, 7:30PM–12AM
Sunday: Closed
Monday 7:30–11:30PM

Signing out,

The Tooktook Team

Shopping Night Barcelona. Eat and Shop, Shop and Eat.

It’s that time of year again. With the street decorations lit up at night, the festive season has begun and so has the shopping extravaganza.

Already hungover from and getting accustomed to the entire notion of Black Friday, Barcelona is going in for another round of shopping madness.

Barcelona might not have the biggest and brightest brands on offer, but what Barcelona lacks in that sort of creme de la creme of brands and truly biting winter weather, it makes up with its uncanny ability to make an excuse to get out of the house and make a party out of anything. Yes, shopping included, especially shopping. Welcome to the Spanish, if not the mediterranean, way of life.

You know what they say. Can’t beat ’em? Join ’em.

So if you have not spent all your extra cash last weekend or are yet to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones, then you are in luck.

Introducing Shopping Night Barcelona 2014 on Passeig de Gracia on Thursday December 4th, 2014.

And while you are in the vicinity. There are a few places you might want to go check out.

El Nacional | Passeig de Gràcia, 24 Bis 08007 Barcelona | http://www.elnacionalbcn.com | +34 93 518 50 53

It just opened a few months ago. This is a gourmet food court of sorts. It is a combination of a variety of spaces. Here you will come across a bar with little bite to eat, a , a brasserie, a seafood restaurant, oyster bar, cocktail bar, and a bakery. This place is absolutely charming and has a great atmosphere for any kind of moment all under one roof. No reservations.

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Bubó Bulevard Rosa Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona | http://bubo.es | +34 931 59 28 13

This patisserie can be accessed from within the Bulevard Rosa center on Passeig . It’s a great and the right place to succumb to all your sweet tooth cravings. You will come across all sorts of goodies. Tarts, bakery items, cakes, macaroons, chocolates. You name they got it. Please try the Long Cruixent d’Avellanes (warning: don’t eat if you have nut allergies).

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Toto | Carrer de València, 246, 08007 Barcelona | http://ilovetoto.es/en | +34 934 67 67 29

This is a relatively new place yet it has already caught some deserved attention. The kitchen can also be seen from the dining area, which gives the place some additional authenticity. From the cocktails to the food you can spend your entire night here and it’ll be lots of fun. The pizza and the slow cooked lamb are two favorites that should be tried.

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Cafe Emma Carrer de Pau Claris, 142, 08009 Barcelona | http://www.cafe-emma.com | +34 932 15 12 16

If you’re looking for a hint of french food, a bistrot vibe, then come here. Here you’ll find a good confit de canard and you won’t be disappointed. The steak with the house sauce and fries are pretty good too. Take a step further and try the crab salad. And if you’re in the brunch mood get some eggs Benedict. Food coma warning.

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Cafe Jaime Beriestain | Carrer de Pau Claris, 167, 08037 Barcelona | http://www.beriestain.com/ | +34 932 15 12 16

This place is awesome. Great concept. A cafe designed by an interior designer. I love the comfy and subtle homey decore and the food is good too. From the out-of-place bravas and tartar  to the baked goods and delightful deserts, this place will keep you coming back. Connected to the cafe, around the bend, you will find the Jaime Beriestain Concept Store full of cool and aesthetically pleasing objects that might be exactly what your looking for. From coffee table books to stained mirrors and what not.

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Boca Chica Passatge de la Concepció, 12, 08008 Barcelona | http://www.bocagrande.cat/en | +34 934 67 51 49

The bar is actually part of the restaurant, Boca Grande on the ground floor. However, it physically takes up more space than the restaurant. I think the ambience and decor here is noteworthy on all floors (be sure to check out the bathrooms). Additionally you’ll find some cool cocktails here on their menu or give your concoctions a try. A great place to start or end your night.

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Visiting Vienna.

We would like to give a special thanks to our awesome local Sabrina for sharing her Vienna with us!!!

 

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Welcome to Vienna. Known as the City of Music, but also as the City of Dreams as it was home to Sigmund Freud. With the insight of our local we have put together a few places you might want to go to and enjoy during your stay in one of the World’s Most Livable Cities.

 

 

Halle | Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Wien, Austria | http://ww2.diehalle.at | +43 1 5237001

This restaurant serves up a very delicious breakfast, but it’s also nice for lunch and dinner. Nice interior-high walls and moldings on their ceilings. Moreover, it has a lovely terrace, perfect for the the summer.

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Cafe Francais | Währinger Straße 6-8, 1090 Wien, Austria | http://www.cafefrancais.at | +43 1 3190903

French-Belgian restaurant. They serve up some really good quiches, salads and snacks. The helpings are also very generous!

Try the Coq au Vin Blanc- it’s amazing.

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NENI am Naschmarkt | Naschmarkt 510, 1060 Wien, Austria | http://www.neni.at | +43 1 5852020

Israeli restaurant, perfect for lunch. The hummus is delicious. Try the “Jerusalem-Teller” and the homemade “Limonana” & “Ice Tea”.

Best day to go is Saturday, it is closed on Sundays.

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Tel Aviv Beach Bar | Obere Donaustrasse 65, 1020 Wien, Austria | http://neni.at/hp/fotos/?select=tel_aviv

Very cool outdoor beach bar. It is located right  on the Danube river. The serves up some really good cocktails and food. With some awesome music added to the ambience, you’re going to be having a great time.

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Motto am Fluss | Franz-Josefs-Kai 2, 1010 Wien, Austria | http://www.motto.at/mottoamfluss/ | +43 1 2525510

Also located along the river, this is a cafe and restaurant. The food is delicious from starters to the main courses and deserts. Great food at all times of the day.

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Puff, die Bar | Girardigasse 10, A-1060 Wien, Austria |  http://puff-bar.at | +43 0664 534 6564

Bar with spectacular interior. This is where you can come for a happy hour. Come for afterwork beers or come later and pick out a cocktail of your liking.

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Cafe Sperl | Gumpendorfer Straße 11, 1060 Wien, Austria | http://www.cafesperl.at | +43 1 5864158

If you’re exploring the well known coffee houses in Vienna then this is one place you got to go. You can get some really tasty pastries here.

Recommended: Apple strudel with whipped cream. YUM!

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Plachutta Gasthaus zur Oper | Walfischgasse 5, 1010 Wien, Austria | http://www.plachutta.at/de/gasthaus_zur_oper/ | +43 1 5122251

Local food. Place-to-be for having the best and most-traditional Austrian food the “Wiener Kalbschnitzel”, veal cutlet.

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Singapore your heart out.

We would like to give a special thanks to our awesome local Alia S. Dada for sharing her Singapore with us.

 

Our awesome local  has suggested some great spots to eat in Singapore. Whether you are looking for a breakfast/brunch option to start your day or you are have cravings for the sweet and savory, we’ve got it right here.

Long Beach

Once you are this spot. There is one thing that is a must try and you better not miss out on it. The local chilli crabs. In addition, this place has a long list of speciality seafood options ranging from Razor Clams, and the Tiger Sea Mantis to the Robin Triton Clam and more.

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Address: Click to see 2 locations

Mozza at Marina Bay Sands

Here you will get two options. The Osteria Mozza or Pizzeria Mozza.

You really can’t go wrong. It does depend on your mood though. Either you get some pizza or you’re ready for some serious sit down Italian.  After all, this has been famous Chef Mario Batali’s first dive into the Singapore food scene as he teams up  with Chef Nancy Silverton and Chef Joe Bastianich.

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Mozza pizza

Address: 2 Bayfront Avenue, #B1-42/46 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018972

 

Lucha Loco

With a wonderful vibe, this Mexican taqueria and garden bar could be hitting the right spot. It’s got the food and the cocktails to make sure you have the best possible time.  Remember you cannot make reservations unless you’re a really big group (8 or more).

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Address: 15 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089598

Red House Seafood Restaurant

Straight up local Singaporean food. This is where you come for the authentic cuisine. Another place to try the chilli crab yet again. While you’re at it get some crispy chicken and fried squid.

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Address: 60 Robertson Quay, #01-14 THE QUAYSIDE, Singapore 238252

Toby’s Estate

This is a great place to chill and grab a bite with your coffee. This cafe has some outside seating and real friendly service. The ambience is easy-going. Come here for breakfast or brunch, sit back, relax and enjoy.

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Address: 8 Rodyk Street, Singapore 238216

Swirls Bake Shop

Now if you have a sweet tooth and love cupcakes, look no further. Swirls Bakes Shop to the rescue.  With 101 flavors on hand and a few different sizes to choose from you’re bound to find how much and what you want to indulge. Check out their daily offerings before you go so that you never stop experimenting.

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Address: 8 Rodyk Street, Unit 01-08, (Off Robertson Quay), Singapore 238216

 

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