Destination Guide: Barcelona Restaurants

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We’ve been wandering the streets of Barcelona in search of the best restaurants showcasing #TheArtOfPlating. See what restaurants made our list in this first edition of Destinations, a new series focused on culinary destinations.

It’s no secret that Barcelona is a city filled with pleasures and delights for all the senses — from Gaudí’s eclectic architecture and the hustle of La Boqueria, to the pure mastery of gastronomic delights by world-renowned restaurants and chefs like ABaC or the Adrià brothers. So, to kick things off, here’s our selection of some of the top restaurants in this beautiful city with majestic interiors, exteriors and, of course, plating. We hope you enjoy. Bon Profit!

ABaC
Ever since chef Jordi Cruz – the youngest chef to earn a Michelin star –  took the reigns of ABaC, this restaurant quickly attained its two Michelin stars within just two short years.  ABaC stands on the forefront of gastronomic experimentation, offering an unforgettably playful and interactive dining experience, from serving desserts on an enchanting bed of smoke  (see below) to presenting strawberry ice in lipstick tubes.

Cuisine: Modern Catalan
Location: Avinguda del Tibidabo, 1
Web: www.abacbarcelona.com/en
E-mail: info@abacbarcelona.com

Eva de Hotels, ABaC

Restaurant Exterior at ABaC

Restaurant ABaC

“On a Bed of Smoked Bread Brittle, Roast Biscuit, Banana, Coffee, Vanilla and Bourbon” at ABaC

Restaurant ABaC

Iberico pork and couscous at ABaC

 

Lasarte
Brought to you by famed Basque chef Martín Berasategui and headed by chef de cuisine Paolo Casagrande, this Catalunya gem sits in the heart of Barcelona and allows only an exclusive 30 to dine. Since its opening in 2006, Lasarte quickly earned two Michelin stars within just four years and has since maintained its excellence, along with its elegance and intimacy.

Cuisine: Classic Catalan
Location: C/ Mallorca, 259
Web: www.restaurantlasarte.com
E-mail: info@restaurantlasarte.com

Restaurante Lasarte

Restaurant Exterior at Lasarte

Restaurante Lasarte

Home yolk with toasted butter, black truffle toast, cauliflower and black garlic at Lasarte

Restaurante Lasarte

Lasarte

 

Moments
Also with two Michelin stars to its name, Moments brings forth an innovative, fresh, and healthy style of Catalan cuisine to the table while staying true to the foundation and essence of fine dining.  The name chef Carme Ruscalleda, alone, should be enough to lure you into these doors.  Sitting right inside the gorgeous Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Moments and its decor wonderfully complements its fine cuisine – they even have a dessert inspired by the gold ceiling.

Cuisine: Catalan
Location: Mandarin Oriental / Passeig de Gràcia, 38-40
Web: www.mandarinoriental.com/barcelona/fine-dining/moments
E-mail: mobcn-moments@mohg.com

Mandarin Hotel, Moments Restaurant

Restaurant Interior at Moments

Mandarin Hotel, Moments Restaurant

Parrot fish with cucumber and mustard at Moments

Mandarin Hotel, Moments Restaurant

Mondrian Dessert at Moments

 

Roca Moo
Overseen by the legendary Roca brothers – Joan, Jordi, and Josep – who brought you El Celler de Can RocaRoca Moo is a side concept which offers two tasting menus: one with contemporary Catalan dishes and the other with classic dishes from El Celler.

Cuisine: Modern Catalan
Location: Hotel Omm / Rosselló 265
Web: www.hotelomm.es/moo
E-mail: reservas@hotelomm.es

Roca Moo Restaurant

Restaurant Interior at Roca Moo

Roca Moo Restaurant

Roca Moo Restaurant

Roca Moo Restaurant

Roca Moo Restaurant

 

Cinc Sentits
Cinc Sentits serves to pleasure all five senses through its dining experience – the name directly translates to “five senses.” To ensure this, young chef Jordi Artal devotes himself to serving only the freshest and highest quality ingredients from the Catalunya region. Cinc Sentits uses modern techniques to highlight and reimagine traditional Catalan cuisine in a memorable way.

Cuisine: Traditional Catalan
Location: Carrer d’Aribau, 58
Web: www.cincsentits.com
E-mail: info@cincsentits.com

Cinc Sentits Restaurant

Restaurant Interior at Cinc Sentits

Cinc Sentits Restaurant

Cinc Sentits

Cinc Sentits Restaurant

Caviar on top of whipped sturgeon at Cinc Sentits

 

Via Veneto
Open since 1967, Via Veneto is a family-owned establishment that preserves traditional Catalan cuisine with a modern touch. For you wine-lovers, this restaurants offers an extensive list of 10,000+ wines for pairing. Fun fact: this was one of Salvador Dalí ‘s favorite spots to dine.

Cuisine: Classic Catalan
Location: Carrer de Ganduxer, 10
Web: www.viavenetorestaurant.com
E-mail: pmonje@adam.es

Via Veneto Restaurant

Restaurant Interior at Via Veneto

Via Veneto Restaurant

Ceviche at Via Veneto

Via Veneto Restaurant

Waldorf salada at Via Veneto

 

Tickets
An overview of Catalunya cuisine would be incomplete without mentioning Albert Adrià and his culinary amusement park in the center of Barcelona. Just one of the five (soon to be six in Spring 2015) hotspots is the highly acclaimed Tickets, where you can experience tapas-style dining at its very best. For those nostalgic of elBulli, here you have the chance to re-experience some its most well-known dishes, like the olives and the cotton-candy tree. As expected, the waiting list for this spot is ridiculous.

Cuisine: Tapas
Location: Avinguda Paral·lel 164
Web: www.ticketsbar.es
E-mail: info@ticketsbar.es

Tickets Bar

Restaurant Exterior at Tickets

Tickets Bar

Mini puffs filled with Manchego cheese foam topped with hazelnut oil caviar at Tickets

Tickets Bar

Tuna belly cones at Tickets

 

Pakta
Pakta, another byproduct of the genius of Albert Adrià, is a hybrid of Peruvian and Japanese cuisine, headed by two chefs: Peruvian-born Jorge Muñoz and Japanese-born Kyoko Li – alarmingly appropriate, no? The dedication to preserving the authenticity of the ingredients from such distant lands is remarkable – chef Jorge Muñoz grows Andean ingredients on his very own apartment balcony as flying them in fresh to Barcelona is nearly impossible. The two tasting menus are Machu Pichu and Fujiyama, rightfully paying homage to both countries.

Cuisine: Peruvian/Japanese
Location: Carrer Lleida 5, Poble Sec
Web: ca.pakta.es

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Pakta Restaurant Interior

Pakta Restaurant

Tomato ceviche at Pakta

Pakta Restaurant

Tuna tartare with crispy nori leaves and shichimi at Pakta

 

Enoteca
Catalan chef Paco Pérez brings out the heart and soul of Mediterranean cuisine at this exquisite two Michelin-starred restaurant. This is the go-to spot in Barcelona if you’re looking for the very best of fish and seafood from the local Mediterranean region. 

Cuisine: Contemporary Mediterranean
Location: Hotel Arts Barcelona / Calle Marina 19-21
Web: www.hotelartsbarcelona.com/en/Dining/Enoteca
E-mail: artsrestaurants@ritzcarlton.com

Hotel Arts Barcelona, Enoteca Restaurant

Restaurant Interior at Enoteca

Hotel Arts Barcelona, Enoteca Restaurant

White Truffles at Enoteca