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SAGARDI Euskal Taberna (in BCN GÒTIC): Basque Pintxo Bar & Grill Cider House in Barcelona
A warm inviting place in the trendy Born neigborhood for pintxos (Basque style tapas on bruschetta bread), Basque sparkling cider, and Txacolí (white wine). In addition to the pintxos bar, there is a sit down grill restaurant, and outdoor terrace seating on Calle Argenteria.
I ate at the pintxos bar and it was a wonderful experience. Just ask for a plate from one of the friendly female Spanish bartenders and pick whatever pintxos piques your interest along the bar counter. Be sure to keep the pintxo toothpicks as they are counted at the end to determine your bill. When I went in May 2010, each pintxo cost €1.80
One unique service related thing that stands out is there is one waitstaff who takes one fresh hot pintxo platter from the kitchen and presents it throughout the floor of the bar area so you don't have to go to the counter.
Reservations can be placed if you have seating requirements for the grill restaurant or outdoor seating.
The area where the restaurant is located is a great place if you want to go on a tapas crawl as there are numerous options within a few steps of each other.
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Sagardi Cocineros Vascos: Sagardi for the TAPAS
The Sagardi have several restaurants and tapas bars, the one we tried was in the Ribera section of Barcelona and has both a tapas bar and a restaurant next door. The restaurant was empty and the tapas bar was PACKED.
Our friend Isa told us that it was the supreme place to try out the tapas bar. And she was correct, they had a wonderful selection and all the different ones we tried were great.
I must make a note here and "warn" you. Tapas is not a MEAL, nor intended to be a complete meal, so if you figure to eat tapas as a meal you will pay heavily, they are like the english canapes, a small tidbit that you can have alongside your wine or beer. But if you attempt to eat enough to make a meal of them you will end up paying more than twice what a restaurant meal would cost you.
That said it is a wonderful place to try out many different and varied tapas selections, I guess that is why Isa took us there, thanks Isa it was great.
Favorite Dish: The price of the tapas here was 1.8 Euro per item.
We had seen them for as little as 1.00 Euro and even as expensive as 3.00 Euro, so the price here is reasonable.
If you would like a bit of history on tapas, go to:
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Sagardi [Gòtic location]: Tapas, Tapas, Tapas (aka pintxos)
This was perhaps the easiest place to order tapas, and in a charming setting! I tried to learn a bit of Catalan before heading to Barcelona ... but I was a total failure at communicating. As very few people spoke English, eating out was always an adventure. And, with menus in Catalan, who knows what you're getting!
So, a stop at Sagardi was perfect! [You can pretty much use all hand signals. :)
Step inside and find a bar table to stand at, then walk along the bar pointing out which tapas you'd like to sample. The restaurant staff will fill up a plate for you (as many times as your stomach can handle) and at the end of your dining experience, you just show them the number of toothpicks you have and they charge you a fee accordingly.
Favorite Dish: All of the tapas were very pretty and tasty, too. Be sure your table is fully stocked with napkins!
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Sagardi Gotic: Tapas Tapas and More Tapas
This was the first Tapas Bar Kerry and I stumbled upon. The bar itself is a busy counter at the front where you stand with a restaurant area to the rear, but if you prefer there are lots of chairs and tables under umbrellas in the delightful little square outside. The simple decor of stripped stone and brick arches, with lots of wood gives a casual laid back atmosphere.
I couldn't belive all the beautiful yummy tapas on display and within easy reach. The speciality is the small type of tapas on toothpicks (also called pintxos or montaditos), all priced at €1.60. You order your drinks and are given a plate, When you're ready to leave they calculate the number of sticks on the plate and you pay. Honesty is favoured here, I'm not sure if everyone leaves the true amount of toothpicks on the plate... Behind the bar they have the Cider on offer which takes up most of the rear wall, quite popular, but if you're inot into that they have wine too...
The Staff were friendly and very prompt, so you didn't have to wait long for service...
There are a few Sagardi Tapas Bars in Barcelona, this one was close to where we stayed and was cosy, plus we met an Antonio Banderas lookalike and I was commented on being a Catherine Zeta Jones lookalike... See Celebrities in a small Tapas bar... it can be found!!! ;)
Sagardi is a popular tapas bar on the tourist route from the old town (Barri Gotic) to the beautiful church of Santa Maria del Mar.
Another excuse to stop and rest your feet. ;)
Service is brisk and friendly.
Favorite Dish: What else but Tapas... So many varieties to choose from. My favourite the chorizo sausages... sooo delicious... But too many... and I think if I lived here and feasted on those I'd have to go up about 4 sizes in my clothing...
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Sagardì Euskal Taberna: Basque tapas in Barcelona
The ambience of Sargardi isn't something to rave about.. but the eating is! The system works like this... you wave at someone behind the bar while your friend tries to find a table to stand at. The waiter gives you a plate, and you pile it up with the tapas laid out along the bar. Each tapas is laid on a piece of bread, with a toothpick stuck through it.
When you want more, you just take it, and when you want to leave, you take the plate to the bar, and they add up the number of little toothpicks and charge you accordingly.
Apparently the particular type of tapas served here is basque, and the place is a regular haunt for locals. Nice to be somewhere truly local rather than one of the tourist restaurants on the rambla!
Favorite Dish: Tasty little tidbits of prawn, salmon and tortilla... explore them all!
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Sagardi Euskal Taberna: Gimme this one and then that one........
Sagardi is a Basque Taberna that derives from the basic tapas concept, except at this place they serve a variety of yummp meats/pates/etc on slices of baguettes. Each piece costs about 1-2 Euros.
A note of caution though. This is not the kind of place to have a full-on dinner, but rather it is a good place to start up. But what am I saying? You're in Barcelona, meaning that you'll have about three dinners throughout the course of the evening anyways!
Favorite Dish: Take a look at the picture above and you'll see why.
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Sagardì Euskal Taberna: Sagardi
The best kind of bar in Spain is the tapas bar and Sagardi in the Born is a good one to enjoy a few drinks. Located on Argenteria, one of the most traveled routes from Barrio Gotic to Barrio Born, makes this a great place to watch people. There is a restaurant in the back but the standing only bar is the traditional way to sample some tappas and cervesas. The bar is covered with several different mouth-size portions of typical Catalan appetizers so you can freely choice to eat as many or as few as you want.
Sagardì Euskal Taberna: For great tapas
Excellent bask tapas served on the bar. Just pick a plate, take what you want and pay at the end. Beautiful place and relaxed atmosphere. You can also have tortillas and drink Txakoli (bask white wine) or cider.
sagardì euskal taberna: los pinchossssss!!!!
A very nice and attracting taverna in the middle of Borne area.
Normaly people come here to get an aperitive, but the pinchos were so attractive and tasty that we ended up having our aperitive, dinner and after dinner here.
You order something to drink and then take a plate where you put all the pinchos that you like, the selection is huge.
Remember that any pincho has a stick and they will make your bill counting the stick that you left on the plate, so if you eat or "lose" some sticks.......your bill will be lighter than your stomach:))
sagardì euskal taberna: montaditos galore
Sagardì is a wonderful basque tapa/montaditos bar in the old town. It's a simple eatery in a little square (most tables are outside): you order your drinks, then you ask for a plate and go inside and take as many montaditos as you want from the bar. Each montaditos has a tiny stick on it: and you pay by the number of sticks left on your plate, after your meal. Wonderful!
Favorite Dish: They only serve montaditos in the bar area. Looks for the light purple one with some sort of darker purple jam: it's the only sweet montaditos and it's made of delicious cream cheese
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