Ariana Díaz Celma

It’s been a while since we last dropped by Big Fish, a hotspot we used to go a lot some years ago. We were pleasantly surprised to find out their gastronomical offer has remained intact but the service had undergone a significant improvement, making us feel we were in one of those traditional restaurants we like so much. Located on an appetizing corner in the Born—behind the market—Big Fish is the best option for fans of sushi and wild fish in all its forms. Joan Soler, the owner, comes from a family of fishermen and selects the best fish each morning, just before it’s sold, at his parents’ stands.

Located on an appetizing corner in the Born Big Fish is the best option for fans of sushi and wild fish in all its forms.

Big Fish’s concept was born a decade ago, when they first opened on Calle Amigo, a modern fishmonger where you could buy fish, listen to jazz and drink a glass of wine. Today this concept has evolved into the Born restaurant we all know. Their menu changes every season and they serve daily specials, so it’s advisable to pay attention to their suggestions. The menu features such delicacies as squid croquettes, grilled octopus with mango aioli or tuna tartare with avocado as entrees. Among first courses we recommend donostiarra-style hake or grilled sea bass. The menu also features a small section of meat and another one of rice dishes and wok dishes, in case you’re not so much into fish, though it’s not precisely the right choice considering you are in Big Fish. In the sushi section the king is the Big Fish assorted plate, with 40 pieces arranged like a work of art, a treat to the eyes and to the palate. However, you can also go for the classic choices, such as sashimi, niguiris to taste, futomakis, makis—regular or tempura with panko—or temakis, a wide range covering the cream of Japanese food made ​​with wild fish.

Another thing we like about Big Fish is the décor. It is one of the first restaurants decorated by Lázaro Rosa Violán. The Best Interior Designer in 2013 according to AD magazine, he conveys, like no one else, the modernist atmospheres of the 30s and 40s with a contemporary twist. Chester sofas mixed with ceiling lamps cascading down, mirrors, busts and other classic figures. The space is punctuated by a light seafaring touch. The restaurant also boasts an outdoor area, which makes it one of the busiest spots in the Born when the weather is good.

Lunch or dinner at Big Fish is around 30-40 euros. Every weekday, a lunch menu is served for €14, without a doubt one of the best options in the area.

*Pictures by Cecilia Díaz Betz



  • Address: C/Comercial, 9
  • Timetable: M-S 13:30-16:00 20:30-00:00
  • Phone: (+34) 93 268 17 28
  • Type: Restaurant
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