Somodó is certainly one of the very best value restaurants in the city, serving exquisite, painstakingly prepared dishes which amuse, amaze and delight.
It’s small, there are only 19 covers, so it is essential to book ahead for an evening meal.
When you call to book, the chef, or his very capable assistant, will ask if you’d prefer a meat or fish main course, and whether you have any food allergies.
There are no à la carte dishes – only an evening €25 menú comprising: two appetisers, a starter, a fish or meat main course, a cheese based plate, a pre-dessert dish, a dessert, and a petit-four to finish. Eight items for just €25! An absolute total bargain! Or, you could opt for a special menú degustación for €38.
Or, you could try the €18.50 menú del día, which includes wine and coffee.
Chef Shojiro Ochi, who trained in Osaka, Japan, will visit your table and introduce the dishes.
Wines are excellent and none too expensive. The food is fantastic – brave combinations and memorable flavours – contemporary mediterranean cuisine prepared with a Japanese sensibility- MediterrAsian. Most of the ingredients are sourced from the Boqueria market, where Chef Ochi is well-known among the market traders.
If I had only three nights in the city this is one of the restaurants I would visit. And, if you’re local, you may be pleased to learn that they’re open on Xmas Eve, Xmas Day and New Year’s Eve, when these two expert cooks offer a very special menú for €68.