Friday, 21 June 2013

Enoteca, 2 Michelin Stars, Barcelona

A note about the restaurant: Michelin say, ‘Enoteca's luminous dining room has a white-dominated colour scheme and attractive, decorative wine racks. This is the backdrop for perfectly prepared contemporary cuisine with its roots in traditional cooking. Top quality ingredients and excellent attention to detail.’

A note about the chef: Chef Paco Pérez is the holder of four Michelin stars – two at Llança (a little further up on the Costa Brava) and two at Enoteca. With an emphasis on fish and seafood from his Mediterranean larder, the food is technical, precise and imaginative with contemporary twists on classical and regional dishes.

What we ate:

A series of amuse bouche featuring: Melon & Almond Soup; a Pork Fat Cracker; Corn & Coriander Wafers & Mussels in Tiger’s Milk.

The appetisers continued with: Pisco Sour; a Bonbon with Saffron Foam; Carbonara Meringue; Spring Fruit Salad and a Honey & Lime Leaf.

Tuna, Caviar & Egg Yolk (Atún, caviar y yema de huevo)

Peas “Catalan Way” (Guisantes a la Catalana)

Sea Cucumber, “Pil-Pil”, Black Truffle & Lima Beans 
(“Espardenyes” al pil pil, tufa y habitas)

Creamy Rice lightly smoked, Saffron & Prawns 
(Arroz meloso ligeramente ahumado, azafrán y gambas)

Sole with Seasonal Vegetables & Cockles 
(Lenguado a la hortelana, verduritas de la huerta y berberechos)

Wagyu Beef Wellington (Solomillo de Wagyu Wellington)

Desserts: White Bombón (Bombón blanco) and Black Forest (Selva negra)

A note about the service: the service, in terms of interaction and knowledge was excellent.  However the dining room is not huge and our table was close to one of two ‘work stations’ – the staff were constantly buzzing and congregating around us, clattering in drawers and alike which spoilt the experience... if we were to book again, we would insist on a table around the edges of the room where this would not be an issue. 

A comparative note about the ‘experience’: as you would expect from a two Michelin starred restaurant, the food was technically precise and flavoursome but in terms of overall package a second meal at the similarly two-starred ABaC (see here) or Moments (here) would be higher up my list.  

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