By Lauren Jade Hill
Barcelona is home to many Catalan culinary favorites, with the abundance of sumptuous produce that comes from this region combined with the country’s gastronomic tradition. But away from the city’s famous tapas bars, a number of exemplary chefs are taking Barcelona by storm with their innovative take on classic Catalan cuisine. These five Michelin star restaurants in Barcelona are testament to the city’s place on the world stage of fine dining.
Helmed by esteemed chef Martin Berasategui, Lasarte is the only restaurant in Barcelona to lay claim to three Michelin stars. In a light-filled, modern space that recently underwent a renovation, diners are sent on a culinary journey in which every aroma and flavor reflects the chef’s creative intention. Here, dishes are created according to the seasons while paying tribute to the region. The multi-course tasting menu consists of refined plates like red prawn on a seabed with fennel and coral emulsion.
Located within Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Barcelona, this two Michelin star restaurant exhibits immaculate contemporary design with the distinct style of designer Patricia Urquiola. Run by chef Carme Ruscalleda and her son Raul Balam, the restaurant focuses on creative, fresh and healthy cuisine that reflects Catalan culinary traditions. The tasting menu ‘Inspired by the Seventh Art’ celebrates classic movies with dishes such as the 007 Octopussy course, which consists of rock octopus cannelloni with potato and paprika.
The two Michelin star restaurant Enoteca sits within a bright, airy space of Hotel Arts Barcelona, in which white and wooden surfaces are the canvas for soft furnishings in muted tones and low hanging contemporary light fittings, with an outdoor terrace to dine on. In this warm space, diners are served the contemporary Mediterranean cuisine of Catalan chef Paco Perez who places the emphasis on high quality local ingredients, in particular the fish and seafood. The cellar here encompasses more than 700 wines.
The two Michelin star dining venue within ABaC Restaurant & Hotel sits within the hotel’s pavilion, spilling out onto a terrace overlooking the garden. Chef Jordi Cruz and his team take pride in presenting dishes that exhibit both creativity and tradition, serving up favorites such as smoked steak tartare, and Mediterranean tuna belly with macaroni in a ponzu sauce. These well-executed dishes are then paired with carefully curated wines. The lavish Gran ABaC tasting menu ‘Our Avant-Garde’ consists of 19 small plates, including lobster au naturel and cucumber gin snowflakes with ceviche-style cockles.
Overseen by El Celler de Can Roca and helmed by chef Juan Pretel Roca, the Michelin star restaurant Roca Moo offers a menu of contemporary Catalan cuisine, which can be eaten at the counter facing the open kitchen or table seating. Diners can choose between two tasting menus; the Joan Roca menu features dishes such as three textures of pigeon and oyster with mushroom broth. These are then matched with harmonizing wines.
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