C/Comercial 9, Barcelona, 08003
- Recommended for:
- Couples, People watching, Relaxation, Trendiness
Expert review of Big Fish
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Japanese, Seafood
- C/Comercial 9, Barcelona, 08003
- 93 268 17 28
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Tue-Sun 1.30-4pm, 8.30pm-midnight. Closed Mondays.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Essential at peak times