THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Barcelona
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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Barcelona Restaurant Review: A sleek adaptation of a former chain joint, Barcelona has scrubbed out the corporate fern bar look, replacing it with a lively, contemporary design. Nothing about the interior screams Spain. Indeed, the place could easily be somewhere in that most cosmopolitan of cities for which the restaurant is named. This is perhaps where you'll find Atlanta's best concentration of Spanish wines. Just be aware that the culinary concepts are not rigorously authentic. Still, the tomato bread is exactly what Catalans would call pan amb tomaquet, crusty bread smeared with fresh tomato. Piquillo peppers in Spain might be filled with creamed salted cod, but these are stuffed with Spanish cheese and mint. Duck prosciutto by its very name is more Italian-like than Spanish, but it's one heckuva lovely nosh, with its creamy fat encircling lean breast meat and a touch of reduced balsamic vinegar. Spanish jamón serrano appears here and there, surrounding scallops in one dish, wrapping asparagus in another, or on an assortment of cheeses and cured meats. The latter is closer to what you would have in Spain. Wine tastings on Monday evenings cost $10, and come with not only sips of wine but also bites of appropriate tapas. Finish in the spirit with the crema catalana for dessert; you'll swear it's crème brûlée. But the Catalans swear they did it first.