Big Fish

Price guide: Mid-range

C/Comercial 9, Barcelona, 08003

Price guide: Mid-range

Big Fish

By Sally Davies, your Barcelona expert

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#11 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Barcelona
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.4
4.4
Ambience:
4.6
4.6
Service:
4
4.0
Location:
4
4.0
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Couples, People watching, Relaxation, Trendiness

Expert review of Big Fish

Slickly designed sushi and seafood restaurant.

A triumph of eclecticism, Big Fish blends all kinds of apparently mismatched ideas to great effect. The menu is half traditional Spanish (mostly fish) and half Japanese, while the décor mixes ergonomically shaped plastic chairs with leather chesterfields and places baroque caryatids either side of a sharply designed sushi bar.

Food and drink: 

Pick and mix from sushi or the catch of the day, alongside modern takes on classic dishes – a cherry gazpacho, for example, or red mullet with a pistachio crust. The pudding menu is a bit less exciting; the usual checklist of brownies, tiramisu, cheese or chocolate coulant (a ubiquitous fondant sponge with a molten centre).

Ambience: 

Get here early for a dimly lit, romantic atmosphere. Not that the house lights go up, but at a certain point in the evening the music gets loud, and as the tables are already quite close together, it can be hard to make yourself heard.

Service: 

Varies in accordance with the above. Early in the evening it’s spot on. Later, once things get lively, the service can take a bit of a tumble. I sent a coffee back three times once after getting every variation but the very simple espresso I had ordered.

Location: 

It can be tricky to find (don’t even bother asking a cabbie), being on a street no one seems to know the name of, but it’s round the back of the old Born market.

Price advice: 

There’s a fixed lunch menu for 13 euros during the week. Otherwise you’ll spend about 30 euros a head.

More information on Big Fish:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Japanese, Seafood
Address:
C/Comercial 9, Barcelona, 08003
Telephone:
93 268 17 28
Website:
http://www.bigfish.cat
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Tue-Sun 1.30-4pm, 8.30pm-midnight. Closed Mondays.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times

Have you been to Big Fish? Would you recommended it?