This is something special. Not your ordinary. Not your regular, but somewhere to visit maybe three or four times a year. Exquisite food prepared by Robert Gelonch, one of the most inventive chefs currently trading in the city, coupled with a strong wine-list.
Though the entrance colourways and typography suggest a kind of 70s retro vibe (and hints of Clockwork Orange) the very contemporary tastes you’ll encounter when dining here will disabuse you of the notion Gelonch is some kind of throwback.
You have a choice – a 10 course tasting menu for € 56, or a 16 course tasting menu for € 74 or a selection of crazy little tapas for € 52. Or, if your Spanish/Catalan is confident enough you could order individual portions such as carrot and orange popcorn (€ 6.50) or beef, fish and jamón ibérico raviolis in a shiitake mushroom soup (€ 8.25).
Whichever route you take you will not be disappointed.
There are so many intriguing combinations in each dish – artichoke stuffed with mushrooms, trotters (pigs’ feet) with prawns – cookie-sized pizzas – that every bite is a pleasant surprise.
Some claim the food here is the culinary equivalent of a pointillist painting. It’s a good analogy. Each component has individual flavour – but it’s the inventive combinations which delight the palate.
It may seem expensive – but when compared with other establishments in the city, (where often the food is mediocre) it’s surprisingly good value for a memorable experience.