Barcelona opens the floodgates to business executives from around the globe this week as the World Mobile Congress kicks off today. This is one of the busiest commercial weeks of the Barcelona calendar, as we welcome companies from all corners of the world of mobile communication. Understanding the demanding nature of international trade shows, is to also understand the need for exceptional 'escape-route' eateries for those all-important 'power lunches' where, let’s face it, most of the biggest deals get locked down.
So for those of you who didn't get your itineraries and reservations organised with us in advance, here are our three top places to escape the hustle and bustle of the World Mobile Congress trade show and impress your clients with the best impromptu power lunch houses in town.Cuitat Comtat
This extensive restaurant will impress from the moment go. Its prestigious location on the beginning of Rambla de Catalunya sits on a junction of some of the most beautiful buildings in the city and is a stone’s throw away from the main square, Placa de Catalunya. The warm and welcoming staff will sit you in your desired area, restaurant, bar or outside terrace and will make you and your clients feel looked after from start to finish. This is the ideal restaurant for an impromptu business dinner or lunch as it doesn't take reservations but due to its popularity it is advised to head there before the crowds (2pm onwards for lunch, 8pm onwards for dinner). This place has a business buzz throughout the day as it’s a favourite with the local financial traders that work in the area. It is also one of the most tourist friendly eateries in this city, of high quality tapas so is an all-round crowd pleaser for those that are looking for the perfect 'eating meeting'.Cerveceria Catalana
Cerveceria Catalana offers the wow factor from the moment you step through the doors. The endless array of delicious dishes displayed on both bars within the entrance will have you salivating before you've even been seated. This restaurant has been a favourite of local business people for years for its exceptional value for money, quality local cuisine and speedy service. The atmosphere is warm, friendly and energetic and the fashionable clientele and decor promises to suitably impress colleagues and clients alike. The dishes are creative and bursting with flavour and the house wines are delicious at staggeringly low prices.La Flauta
The most traditionally and elaborately decorated of the three; La Flauta is worth a visit for the endless sea of breathtaking flower displays intermingled with the most finely tailored suits in town. This place is an institution for the city’s most discerning business people and is a constant flurry of business activity, from power breakfasts and brunches, right through to power spritzers and supers. Take your place at the bar for unadulterated attention, and record breaking service time, or while away your business negotiations in the gorgeously generous dining room. Whilst the walls are adorned, floor to ceiling, with a staggering selection of fine wines the menu leaves no palette wanting, offering Spanish cuisine at its finest. The dishes are constantly being revised here so make sure to ask the waiters their recommendations of the day. The ‘menu del dia’ (menu of the day) is exceptional value for money and the speedy service will leave more than enough time for sampling their renowned 'carajillo' coffee (with baileys or whiskey) with a slice of one of their homemade cakes.
All that is left is to say Bon Profit and enjoy your temporary escape away from the all the madness of the World Mobile Congress.