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Dumplings in Barcelona

It is awesome when a new place opens up in the neighborhood. This is the feeling we had when Dip Dumpling joined Gracia towards the end of last year. It is not one of those places that screams out calling for you, but once you go there you will love it. We love its identity, its purity. Also you must like dumplings, because that is the main attraction on their menu.

Ana and Eduardo, have brought their experiences from New York and China, along with their team back to Barcelona.

The place is simple, clean and minimally decorated. It is a very relaxed environment with just enough space to seat around 12 people. It feels like the feng shui is spot on.

Furthermore, the menu is just as simple and intentionally limited as the decor. At Dip Dumpling they use the best and freshest ingredients. Not only that, they painstakingly do everything by hand, even aspects of the cooking and preparation a machine could easily do. Luckily, for us, we get to taste the love and effort that goes into preparing the food.

We usually start off with some greens, edamame, bok choy and broccoli. We are also served a little cup of kimchi to open up our appetite.

For drinks as they do not serve any alcohol (and you won’t even need it here), we usually get the ginger or green juices.

Next, you can select between the beef, pork, shrimp, and vegetable dumplings. We have a bit of everything but our favorite are the beef dumplings.

Finally, we end up having the apple pie dumplings for dessert. They are so light and not super sweet.

The meal is satisfyingly filling, but maintains a sense of lightness. Overall, it’s just a healthy, soothing and yummy experience.

TookTook Tips:

  • Get the Bok Choy it’s just so fresh and succulent
  • Have a juice
  • Get an assortment of dumplings – our favorite is the beef
  • They do not serve alcohol
  • Small groups should be easier to serve
  • Closed on Monday’s
Phone: +34 932 10 79 46
Price:
Hours:
Tuesday 7–11PM
Wednesday 7–11PM
Thursday 7–11PM
Friday 7–11PM
Saturday 7–11PM
Sunday 7–11PM
Monday Closed


From,

The Tooktook Tem

N.A.P. Barcelona’s Best Pizza

There is one food that just may unite everyone. Whether you are traveling through or want some comfort food most would agree that pizza is such a great option. There are so many good places to eat in Barcelona from tapas to steaks, from burgers to sushi, but for some reason a good ol’ pizza will always hit the spot.

You can grow tired with the myriad of choices a city has on offer, so it is important to really have a great pizza place for that crucial moment of when you are in doubt. For us, our go to, when in doubt, all else fails, pizza place in Barcelona is Neapolitan Authentic Pizza, aka N.A.P.

N.A.P. is delicious, authentic, and it just happens to be super value-for-money. The location is tucked in close by a busy area of the city. The restaurant is small and spacing is intimate, the noise levels are on the up. Really has relaxed, authentic all is good feel.

For starters it serves up tasty variations of bruschetta, a fresh super milky bufala mozzarella , and a hot cheesy eggplant lasagna.

Eggplant Lasagna

 

On to the main event. There are a handful of choices for pizza. The pizzas are made right in front of you. The freshest dough rolled and flattened then topped with the freshest ingredients. As you enter the restaurant the brick oven is cooking that dough, melting that cheese, cooking those ingredients right before your eyes. It is absolutely mouth watering.

Diavola
Regina

 

For dessert we end up having the Tiramisu, followed by Limoncello and an Espresso.

There is no other to top off an authentic Italian meal.

It’s always a fulfilling experience.

TookTook Tips:

  • Get a bottle of wine, the experience is so much better
  • Vegetarian choice, the Regina
  • Love the Tiramisu
  • This place gets packed so get there early.
  • Great place for a relaxed date with a small but conversation friendly atmosphere
  • You can reserve at the second location and it has space for bigger groups
Price: €

Hours:

Tuesday 1:30–4:30PM, 8PM–12AM
Wednesday 1:30–4:30PM, 8PM–12AM
Thursday 1:30–4:30PM, 8PM–12AM
Friday 1:30–4:30PM, 8PM–12AM
Saturday 1:30PM–12AM
Sunday 1:30PM–12AM
Monday 1:30–4:30PM, 8PM–12AM
Signing out,

The Tooktook Team

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

Barça, Barça, Barcelona!

Summer is over in Barcelona. Be that in November. All those days you spent relaxing at the beach and tanning on terraces on those sunny afternoons are now just distant memories. You might not admit it but your schedule has a vacancy. Luckily for you it’s Barcelona. There are no shortages of things to do and places to eat in this wonderful city.

Now that all of those beautiful beach bodies and six packs have gone into hiding you can enjoy the other wonders of the city.

First item on the agenda. Coming up this Thursday (November 28, 2013) is Shopping Night Barcelona on Passeig de Gracia. Shops are open from 8 p.m. until the break of dawn. Don’t miss it!

If you are looking to get a bite to eat there are many options in town. Here are some that are great for visitors and locals alike.

 

 

La Champaneria

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Known for: Cava, Jamón, Cecina & Sandwiches

Info: Get cava by the bottle before 5 p.m., Usually Packed, No seating, No reservations, Closed on Sundays

Getting there: Metro Barceloneta

Carrer de la Reina Cristina, 7, 08003

 

 

Kiosko

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Known for: Burgers, burgers & burgers

Info: Usually Packed, No reservations

Getting there: Metro Barceloneta

Avinguda del Marquès de l’Argentera, 1 bis, 08003 

 

 

Bó de B 

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Known for: Sandwiches

Info: Usually Packed, To go and dine-in, No reservations

Getting there: Metro Barceloneta

Carrer de la Mercè, 35, 08002

 

 

Bun Bo Vietnam

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Known for: Vietnamese

Info: Dine-in.

Getting there: Metro Urquinaona

Calle Sagristans, 3, 08002 

 

 

Bar Tomás

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Known for: Patatas Bravas

Info: Favorite for locals, Closed on Sundays

Getting there: Ferrocarril Sarria

Carrer Major de Sarrià, 49, 08017

 

Bon Profit! Bon Provecho!

 

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